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.

Shaun Higgins quits Western Bulldogs, seeks North Melbourne deal

Jon Pierik Western Bulldog utility Shaun Higgins has quit the club and hopes to announce his new home as early as Friday.

AFL in a grand position to tune in to broadcast rights talks

Fox Footy has said audiences for its live matches this season had grown by 2 per cent. However, the cumulative free-to-air television audience has reportedly fallen by 1.2 per cent.

Jon Pierik Healthy year-on-year viewership figures and a spike in grand final television and digital media ratings have the AFL well positioned for official negotiations over a broadcast rights contract.

AFL grand final: Jason Dunstall speech spurred Hawthorn to back-to-back flags

Jason Dunstall

Jon Pierik A pre-September motivational speech by club great Jason Dunstall helped to provide the springboard for Hawthorn's surge to back-to-back premierships.

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Newbold says Hawks planning to stay on top

They're a happy team at Hawthorn.

Jon Pierik As his club celebrated yet more premiership glory, Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold has revealed the Hawks have already begun plotting what they hope will be continued dominance through to the end...

Hawks get the jump on cheer squad and Swans

Jon Pierik Fast footy: Secret men's business: There much debate about Hawthorn's line-up through the week, with the club's coaches, naturally, keeping their cards close to their chest.

Ben McEvoy feared he would miss selection in Hawthorn's grand final team

Ben McEvoy knows all about the disappointment of missing grand final selection.

Jon Pierik Recalled Hawthorn ruckman Ben McEvoy has revealed he feared he would run out of time to force his way back into the senior side, having been banished to the VFL since round 22.

AFL grand final 2014: Cyril Rioli says he has 'full confidence' in his hamstring

Cyril Rioli smiles for a fan snap.

Jon Pierik Joking he had been struck down by a "family curse", Hawthorn game-breaker Cyril Rioli has declared his rehabilitated hamstring is ready to handle the furnace that is an AFL grand final when he lines...

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AFL grand final 2014: Perfect preparation means nothing, insists Sydney Swans coach John Longmire

John Longmire at the AFL grand final parade press conference.

Jon Pierik The Swans may have enjoyed what could be described as the perfect run in to the grand final, but coach John Longmire has cautioned that means nothing come the first bounce on Saturday.

Former Demon Mitch Clark close to deciding on his preferred new AFL club

Attracting interest: Mitch Clark.

Jon Pierik Former Melbourne forward Mitch Clark is set to decide on Sunday where he hopes to reactivate his AFL career next season.

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Shaun Higgins tells teammates he is likely to leave Western Bulldogs

Shaun Higgins

Jon Pierik Western Bulldogs small forward Shaun Higgins appears to have played his last game at the club.

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Malthouse to rejoin Tigers of old

Richmond players Geoff Raines, Michael Roach (wearing a Collingwood guernsey) and Mick Malthouse after their grand final series win in 1980.

Jon Pierik Mick Malthouse is set to rejoin his former Richmond premiership teammates at the Tigers' annual get-together for the first time at the MCG on Wednesday night.

McKenna review will be 'fair and thorough', say Suns

Guy McKenna has a year to run on his contract but has been under pressure since the Suns fell out of finals contention

Jon Pierik Gold Coast chairman John Witheriff says the review of coach Guy McKenna's tenure will be "fair and thorough", and insists the club has not yet begun to think about possible replacements.

Pssst: McAvaney tips Brownlow count could be the 'greatest of all time'

Gary Ablett after winning the 2013 Brownlow Medal.

Jon Pierik Bruce McAvaney says this year's Brownlow Medal count on Monday night has the potential to be the greatest of all time if Gary Ablett hangs on to win.

Demetriou 'always had faith' in Essendon supplements probe

Illustration: Matt Golding

Jon Pierik With the AFL cleared of potentially hindering an anti-doping investigation, former league boss Andrew Demetriou has said he always had faith in the legality of the investigation.

Bombers face a tough fight to appeal, say lawyers

Graham Smith:

Jon Pierik Essendon and James Hird could face an almost impossible task to successfully appeal their decisive loss in the Federal Court, lawyers claim.

Essendon v ASADA: The story so far

Essendon in the Federal Court.

Jon Pierik Decision time: Essendon and James Hird v the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority

Court ruling could shape James Hird's future at Essendon, says lawyer

The Bombers run onto the field

Jon Pierik A leading sports lawyer believes Friday's findings in the Federal Court could have a major bearing on James Hird's future as coach of Essendon.

AFL in invidious position as ASADA judgment day arrives

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Jon Pierik COMMENT: The AFL finds itself in an invidious position heading into Justice John Middleton's judgment day.

Bryce Gibbs caps season with top honour

A cut above the rest: Bryce Gibbs:

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Michael Malthouse says Bryce Gibbs is striving for excellence after the midfielder claimed his maiden best and fairest.

Former St Kilda tagger Clint Jones hopes to extend AFL career

'Obviously, I still want to keep playing' says Clint Jones.

Jon Pierik Former St Kilda midfielder Clint Jones says he is ready to reinvigorate his AFL career.