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.

Brent Harvey should not have been at tribunal, says AFL Players Association

Ian Prendergast says it is wrong if every head clash is penalised.

Jon Pierik The AFL Players Association has labelled the tribunal system as unfair and says North Melbourne star Brent Harvey would not have been hauled before the judiciary under its alternate plan.

Kangaroo Brent Harvey faces nervous wait over Joel Selwood head clash

Harvey celebrates with fans after Friday night's win over Geelong.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne veteran Brent Harvey faces an anxious wait, with opinion divided over whether he faces suspension from Friday night's preliminary final against the Sydney Swans.

Can the Bombers put the score on the board?

Forward focus: Essendon needs Joe Daniher to fire.

Jon Pierik Finals questions about the North Melbourne-Essendon clash.

Kangaroos know they have plenty of hop

Nick Dal Santo of the Kangaroos is tackled by Jimmy Bartel of the Cats.

Jon Pierik Having banished Essendon with a stunning second-half resurgence, North Melbourne heads into Friday night's qualifying final against Geelong knowing it has the ability to also out-run the Cats.

AFL

A rivalry of note: Carlton versus Kangaroos

2012: Chris Judd feuls the tradition.

Jon Pierik There is something about the history between the Blues and Kangaroos which long-time observers believe deserves greater credence

AFL

Blues finish strongly to upset Kangaroos

Carlton's Marc Murphy gathers the ball as Levi Greenwood approaches.

Jon Pierik For those who wondered whether Mick Malthouse would find a reason to crack a smile this week, the answer came quickly.

AFL

Schwass: Kangaroos should approach umps

Trent Cotchin attempts to take a mark as Brent Macaffer watches keenly.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne premiership star Wayne Schwass has urged the Kangaroos to approach the AFL umpiring department with a dossier of Brent Macaffer's negating tactics as part of a bid to help quell the...

AFL

Brad Scott says Roos can handle Brent Macaffer

 Brent Macaffer

Jon Pierik Collingwood tagger Brent Macaffer has arguably had more publicity this week than through his entire career, with his exploits - and tactics - in becoming a master tagger dominating headlines.

AFL

Travis Cloke still keeps defender awake at night

Brent Harvey plays Pied Piper at North’s family day.

Jon Pierik While Wayne Carey has called for Travis Cloke to be ''stronger upstairs'', the Collingwood forward's likely opponent on Saturday says he was unlikely to have a relaxing sleep heading into the...

AFL

Travis Cloke not considered elite by Champion Data

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 12:  Travis Cloke of the Magpies reacts after missing a goal during the round 16 AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Adelaide Crows at Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 12, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Jon Pierik Travis Cloke may be regarded as the premier power forward in the AFL, but a deeper analysis of his game has meant he is not classified as one of the league's elite players.

AFL

Who will step forward?

Travis Cloke.

Jon Pierik How hard is it to find forwards of the highest quality? According to the AFL's chief statisticians, only seven clubs have them.

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Ump, keep an eye on Crowley, says Diesel

Ryan Crowley spoils Sam Mitchell during the round 19 match between Fremantle and Hawthorn in Perth.

Jon Pierik Dual Brownlow medallist urges grand final umpires to keep a close eye on Fremantle tagger.

AFL

Kangaroos positive on Dal Santo

Still in the mix: Nick Dal Santo.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne veteran hopeful the StKilda midfielder would change clubs.

AFL

Petrie hopeful Dal Santo becomes a 'Roo

Jon Pierik North Melbourne veteran Drew Petrie said a face-to-face meeting with Nick Dal Santo had been productive and remained hopeful the St Kilda midfielder would shift clubs.

Harvey to miss Roos' Utah trip

Brent Harvey.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne veteran to use the time to train alone and freshen up for season proper.

Suspension may prove a blessing for Harvey

North Melbourne's Brent Harvey.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne hopes midfielder's delayed start will ensure he is in mint condition for latter part of campaign.

AFL

Ziebell's scientific approach

Path to fitness: North Melbourne's Jack Ziebell, Brent Harvey and Drew Petrie.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne's young gun knows the little things count in 2013.

AFL coaches: the class of 2013

AFL coaches.

Compiled by Rohan Connolly and Jon Pierik Rohan Connolly and Jon Pierik take a look at the men guiding the 18 teams in the AFL fray.

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Roos told to stand up, show fight

Sam Kekovich.

Jon Pierik Premiership star Sam Kekovich says troubling run of fade-outs must rest with coach Brad Scott.

AFL

Tiger trail: what are Martin's options?

Richmond's Dustin Martin.

Jon Pierik If Dustin Martin does leave Richmond, what are his options?