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 Dumped Melbourne Football Club chief executive Cameron Schwab insisted he was up for the fight to resurrect the ailing club but conceded terrible on-field performances had cost him his job.
Jon Pierik The woeful start to this season meant, to use baseball parlance, three strikes and out.
Jon Pierik Demons' president Don McLardy laments there's no ''miracle'' cure for the club's woes.
Jon Pierik Dean Bailey confesses to one of three charges levelled against him in tanking probe.
Jon Pierik Player agent Peter Jess says players must have a ''safe harbour'' clause.
Jon Pierik Demons' board of 2009 insists it had no knowledge of any alleged tanking.
Jon Pierik Despite believing the AFL's investigation is flawed, lawyers representing the Melbourne Football Club board and three of its employees are debating whether to keep their ''powder dry'' when they...
Jon Pierik MELBOURNE great Gerard Healy has hit out at AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou and the AFL Commission and fears the Demons could be left financially depleted if found guilty of tanking.
Jon Pierik EXCLUSIVE Lawyers for Demons and ex-coach Dean Bailey ready to take AFL to court if found guilty of tanking.
Jon Pierik Former St Kilda coach believes league in danger of becoming an ''orchestrated theatre company''.
Jon Pierik Role former president had in controversy remains a delicate issue for the AFL.
Jon Pierik MELBOURNE Football Club's selection policy, including its use of prized draft pick Jack Watts, has been heavily scrutinised by AFL investigations into the Demons' alleged tanking in 2009.
Jon Pierik When this entire ugly episode is over, there won't be a winner.
Jon Pierik EXCLUSIVE AFL investigators focus on the final three minutes of Melbourne's after-the-siren loss to Richmond in 2009 as part of explosive probe into tanking.
Jon Pierik EXCLUSIVE Melbourne's selection policy, including use of prized draft pick, heavily scrutinised by AFL investigators.
Jon Pierik EXCLUSIVE Chris Connolly rejects claims the now infamous "vault" meeting even took place.
Jon Pierik Lawyers acting on behalf of the Melbourne Football Club have confirmed they have received evidence in the tanking claims lodged against the club.
Jon Pierik Melbourne's defeats in rounds 17, 18 and 22 to Sydney, Richmond and St Kilda respectively under scrutiny.
Jon Pierik The AFL has confirmed it will not grant any priority picks this season. Greater Western Sydney had only the two wins but as it still is still being given special assistance it was never likely to...
Jon Pierik Wallace is interested, Williams is available and Bailey and Bickley should be considered when Port Adelaide begins to assess prospective coaching applicants.