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.
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.
Jon Pierik North Melbourne's young gun knows the little things count in 2013.
Jon Pierik North Melbourne hopes midfielder's delayed start will ensure he is in mint condition for latter part of campaign.
Jon Pierik North Melbourne veteran to use the time to train alone and freshen up for season proper.
Jon Pierik Geelong chief executive Brian Cook confident triple-premiership midfielder will remain.
Jon Pierik Brent Harvey will play his 18th season for North Melbourne next year after agreeing to terms.
Jon Pierik Despite his dominance in recent weeks, Drew Petrie urged his midfield fleet to consider all options when heading into attack against the Western Bulldogs yesterday.
Jon Pierik NORTH Melbourne coach Brad Scott last night lashed those ''embarrassing'' club supporters who gave forward Robbie Tarrant Bronx cheers, claiming they did not understand his game plan.
Jon Pierik North Melbourne legend Barry Cable does not yet know what specific advice he will give the Kangaroos leadership group this week.
Jon Pierik North Melbourne midfielder Leigh Adams hopes Chris Judd escapes punishment after he was reported for a "chicken wing" tackle in Friday night's 53-win against Carlton.
Jon Pierik Shattered Chris Judd will argue that he was only trying to prevent a handball.
Jon Pierik This was another dark chapter for Melbourne, in a season that has gone totally wrong.
Jon Pierik North Melbourne forced to take second ranking with its announcement of captain.
Jon Pierik North Melbourne's Drew Petrie says the Kangaroos have more than finals on their mind.
Jon Pierik Under free agency, list managers will have three days to try and retain a player.