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 in invidious position as ASADA judgment day arrives

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Josh Gibson says Hawks can shut down potent Power attack

Josh Gibson speaks to the media at Waverley Park on Tuesday.

Jon Pierik Port Adelaide's goal-kicking capabilities have been reinforced in two stunning September wins, but Hawthorn defender Josh Gibson is confident his team has the versatility to quell a Power uprising.

No room for slacking as Hawks train for phantom game ahead of real thing against Port Adelaide

Matt Suckling of the Hawks warms up

Jon Pierik Hawthorn forward Jack Gunston✓ hopes an intense fortnight of training will help avoid another preliminary-final heart burner, when the Hawks confront a buoyant Port Adelaide on Saturday.

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.

Brendon Goddard tells Paddy Ryder he is 'crucial' to Essendon's plans

Paddy Ryder, right, celebrates with his Bomber teammates.

Jon Pierik Brendon Goddard has told teammate Paddy Ryder he is "crucial" to Essendon's hopes of a premiership and says he needs to remain with the club to fulfil his potential.

It's James Frawley or bust, says Chris Scott

James Frawley

Jon Pierik The future of Melbourne key position utility James Frawley could become clearer this week now Geelong is out of the finals.

Mediation between Essendon, Dean Robinson breaks down

Essendon drug crisis dink.

Jon Pierik Mediation between Essendon and its former fitness chief Dean Robinson failed to broker a settlement on Friday, pushing the two parties closer to what looms as an explosive trial.

Shaun Higgins still weighing up his future at Whitten Oval

Restricted free agent: Shaun Higgins.

Jon Pierik Western Bulldogs utility Shaun Higgins has reopened contract negotiations, but has yet to decide whether he will remain at the club.

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.

Trent Cotchin wants Tigers' finals pain to 'burn in the gut'

Tigers skipper Trent Cotchin.

Jon Pierik As Richmond turns its attention to list management, captain Trent Cotchin wants the pain of another brief finals series to ensure the Tigers have a "burning desire" for redemption next season.

Simon Goodwin steps up talks with Demons

Essendon assistant coach Simon Goodwin.

Jon Pierik Melbourne's bid to find a successor for Paul Roos has progressed, with the Demons given official permission to interview Essendon assistant Simon Goodwin.

Lyon questions whether Lumumba is a good fit for Demons

Heritier Lumumba began the season strongly but his form slipped along with that of the team as the season unfolded.

Jon Pierik Melbourne great Garry Lyon has questioned whether disgruntled Magpie Heritier Lumumba would be the right fit for the rebuilding Demons.

Rioli won't play VFL this weekend, say Hawks

Cyril Rioli's season may be over.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn star Cyril Rioli won't return from injury in the VFL next weekend but Ryan Schoenmakers and Matt Suckling have been given special dispensation to play in an under-23 "young guns" curtain...

Beaten Geelong sweats over four stars

Steve Johnson

Jon Pierik The fitness issues of Steve Johnson, Steven Motlop and Allen Christensen and possible match review panel scrutiny of an incident involving Tom Hawkins will dominate Geelong's thinking as it seeks to...

McGuire hopes Mick Malthouse chooses Collingwood clash for games record milestone

Collingwood president Eddie Mcguire.

Jon Pierik Collingwood president Eddie McGuire hopes Mick Malthouse makes the call to notch his record-breaking 715th match as a VFL-AFL coach next season against the Magpies, ensuring the AFL of one of its...