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 Demons' co-captain Jack Grimes breaks his collarbone in 10-goal loss to Blues.
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 Bulldogs midfielder expected to be discharged from hospital on Sunday.
Jon Pierik EXCLUSIVE Collingwood power forwards Travis Cloke and Quinten Lynch could be forced to find new gloves on the eve of the season under a crackdown by the AFL.
Jon Pierik David Cloke joins former Tiger Matthew Richardson in questioning why AFL banned six types of gloves.
Jon Pierik North Melbourne full-back wants blanket ban, claiming glove use gives an unfair advantage.
Jon Pierik Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley believes Darren Jolly could play for two more years.
Jon Pierik Dale Thomas could prove to be the Travis Cloke of the 2013 season for Collingwood.
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, Michael Gleeson and Emma Quayle Two key dominoes of trade week - Josh Caddy and Kurt Tippett - could take time to fall.
Jon Pierik Melbourne insists pick 20 will be a fair trade for Chris Dawes when it attempts to broker a deal for the Collingwood key forward.
Jon Pierik, Sydney As the Pies fell to a season-ending defeat against Sydney, Nick Maxwell could feel nothing but devastation as he watched on.
Jon Pierik As the Magpies look forward to a break and beginning afresh, vice-captain Scott Pendlebury believes there is no reason why they cannot again feature in the top four next season.
Jon Pierik THE Sydney Swans have been surprised by claims ruckman Shane Mumford could be cited for alleged misconduct in last night's preliminary final win over Collingwood.
Jon Pierik, Jared Lynch THE Swans were surprised last night by claims that ruckman Shane Mumford could be cited for alleged misconduct in Friday night's preliminary final win over Collingwood.
Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane Hawks ruckman David Hale says team confident it has the game plan to again dislodge Pies.
Jon Pierik AS A high school teacher in the making, David Hale will no doubt espouse the benefits of learning to his pupils when his days at Hawthorn are over.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn midfielder says week off and depth of talent will have them well positioned come preliminary final.