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.
Jon Pierik The NAB Cup final may be a tip of the iceberg, but Murphy showed he is ready to lead.
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 Melbourne co-captain Jack Grimes says midfielder Colin Sylvia has the ability to be 'almost unstoppable'.
Jon Pierik Modern-day band of talent understands it's long past time to forge a new identity.
Emma Quayle and Jon Pierik Demons look to secure a second- round draft pick in the final week of negotiations.
Matt Murnane and Jon Pierik Explosive allegations about Adelaide overshadowed all other developments during the week.
Jon Pierik and Jake Niall Swans appear to be the front-runners for the Adelaide forward's services.
Jon Pierik and Emma Quayle Collingwood and Melbourne have discussed a blockbuster trade that would send Sharrod Wellingham and Chris Dawes to the Demons in return for pick No. 4 in the national draft.
Jon Pierik Melbourne's Brent Moloney will play for Brisbane next season, pending a medical examination, under the free agency rules.
Jon Pierik West Coast forward-ruckman Quinten Lynch will make a decision on his future on Friday.
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.
Jon Pierik St Kilda began this clash at the MCG with the zest of a team determined to remain in the finals picture.
Jon Pierik Melbourne vows to be major player during trade and free agency periods and calls on supporters to help.
Jon Pierik Under free agency, list managers will have three days to try and retain a player.
Jon Pierik This was to be the day when the Demons honoured Jim Stynes on the scoreboard.
Jon Pierik The intrigue over Travis Cloke's future continues, with the star forward and the Magpies at loggerheads over the length of a new contract and a fifth club yesterday entering the fray.
Jon Pierik Long said to be a suitor, Melbourne has officially emerged as a major player in the fight for Travis Cloke's prized signature, offering the Collingwood premiership forward a contract of $5 million...
Jon Pierik Melbourne coach Mark Neeld says dropped midfielder remains an important player.
Jon Pierik Melbourne coach says challenge for Liam Jurrah now is to focus on football.
Jon Pierik This was another dark chapter for Melbourne, in a season that has gone totally wrong.