Jon Pierik

Jon Pierik

Jon Pierik is a sports writer with The Age, focusing primarily on AFL football, cricket and basketball. He has won awards for his cricket and basketball writing.

AFL

Staging: Jarrad Waite cited, Jordan Lewis embarrassed

Jon Pierik Players have been reminded they risk a reprimand and fines for staging, after Carlton's Jarrad Waite was cited by the match review panel.

James Brayshaw: Kangaroos were atrocious

Jon Pierik North Melbourne chairman James Brayshaw has labelled the 39-point loss to Essendon as the club’s worst defeat in the Brad Scott-era and has demanded a ‘‘strong...

AFL

Time for Bombers to let Hird go

Jon Pierik

Jon Pierik Another Essendon season faces potential ruin if the Hirds don't hit the silence button.

AFL

Jason Winderlich impresses in Essendon pre-season

Jason Winderlich.

Jon Pierik As the Bombers welcome back several big names for NAB Challenge clash against Port, there's one, in particular, who has caught the eye of assistant coach Nathan Bassett.

AFL

Jack Steven hopes St Kilda can replicate Port Adelaide's meteoric rise

Jon Pierik Saints endured a tumultuous campaign last year, tasting victory only five times.

AFL

Evans victim of drugs saga, says Goddard

Jon Pierik Chairman the fourth domino to fall, after Ian Robson, Dean Robinson and Stephen Dank.

AFL

Bombers are sure Watson is right to take on Magpies

Jobe Watson.

Jon Pierik Essendon is 'very confident' captain Jobe Watson is physically ready for Sunday's blockbuster.

AFL

Tigers' contract fight

Dustin Martin.

Jon Pierik and Caroline Wilson EXCLUSIVE Richmond is fighting to retain two of its key young stars, Reece Conca and Dustin Martin.

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Simpson's value on the up and up

Inspiring: Kade Simpson will play his 200th game on Friday.

Jon Pierik Kade Simpson could easily be known as the Blues' intercept king.

Bump far from dead, says Ball

Melbourne's Luke Tapscott was reported for this bump on Carlton's Kade Simpson in round 6.

Jon Pierik and Michael Gleeson Players must understand that any contact to the head is likely to result in suspension.

Saints still hanging in

Hard ball: Saints Ben McEvoy struggles for possession against Demon midfielder Brent Moloney.

Jon Pierik St Kilda began this clash at the MCG with the zest of a team determined to remain in the finals picture.

Goddard weighs up future

Reconsidering: Brendon Goddard is unhappy with St Kilda's contract offer.

Jon Pierik While the focus today will be Carlton coach Brett Ratten, this match may become a farewell of another kind.

Koschitzke commits to Saints

Jon Pierik ST KILDA veteran Justin Koschitzke will remain at St Kilda for at least another season.

Will $1.9 million keep Goddard at St Kilda?

St Kilda's Brendon Goddard in action.

Jon Pierik Brendon Goddard must decide whether a three-year contract worth up to $1.95 million is enough to keep him at St Kilda.

AFL

Saints in the dark over Goddard plans

St Kilda's Brendon Goddard

Jon Pierik Goddard has yet to decide whether to quit the Saints but will soon make his intentions clear.

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Essendon lodges Goddard paperwork with AFL

Brendon Goddard at training

Jon Pierik and Michael Gleeson Football's brave new world of free agency has begun with a bang with Saint Brendon Goddard lodging the paperwork for Essendon's four-year offer with the AFL.

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Saints: no regrets on Goddard

Brendon Goddard

Jon Pierik St Kilda president Greg Westaway says the Saints have no regrets about losing Brendon Goddard as they offered him a 'lump' of money to stay at the club.

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AFL free agency: how it works

One to watch: Quinten Lynch.

Jon Pierik and Jared Lynch An explanation of how the free agency process works in the AFL. The free agency peroid is between October 1-19.

Lay off bench: players

AFL substitute

Jon Pierik Players tell AFL they do not want interchange system to be changed next season.

Tough talk on Caddy and Tippett

The Crows' Kurt Tippett (above) and the Suns' Josh Caddy (below):  Trade dominoes that could take time to fall.

Jon Pierik, Michael Gleeson and Emma Quayle Two key dominoes of trade week - Josh Caddy and Kurt Tippett - could take time to fall.