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

Jarryn Geary signs two-year contract with Saints

On the dotted line: St Kilda has signed defender Jarryn Geary.

Jon Pierik St Kilda has secured a new contract for defender Jarryn Geary, while discussions have opened with fellow defender James Gwilt.

AFL

Essendon players in a 'grieving' process, says Thompson

Mark Thompson.

Jon Pierik Essendon coach Mark Thompson says his players have a "grieving" mentality, as the Bombers attempt to focus on Saturday night's clash against the Adelaide Crows.

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.

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

Staging: Jarrad Waite cited, Jordan Lewis embarrassed

Jarrad Waite (left) was cited for misconduct but is free to line up in Sunday night's clash against Essendon, as it was his first offence of this kind.

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.

AFL

Thompson, players at odds as Bombers skid

Not happy: Mark Thompson watches the game against the Saints on Saturday.

Jon Pierik Heading into the biggest match of the home-and-away campaign, Essendon's players are at odds with coach Mark Thompson, as the Bombers' bright start to the season quickly fades.

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

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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AFL

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.

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.