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.


Former Melbourne coach Dean Bailey undergoes chemotherapy

Dean Bailey.

Jon Pierik Former Melbourne coach begins chemotherapy, after he was diagnosed last month.


Hawthorn pick up pace to keep Clarkson out of reach of rivals

Alastair Clarkson

Jon Pierik Hawthorn open negotiations with Alastair Clarkson and could even re-sign him through the summer.

Demons tanked: McLean

Brock McLean

Jon Pierik Former Melbourne midfielder confirms what had long been suspected — that the Demons tanked in 2009.

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AFL launches Demons tanking claim probe

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper AFL launches investigation into claims made by former Melbourne midfielder Brock McLean that Demons tanked in 2009.

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Demons: a developing issue

Dean Bailey

Jon Pierik Former Melbourne ruckman Paul Johnson adds weight to Brock McLean's claims of tanking in 2009.

Melbourne defeats in 2009: two case studies

Melbourne's James McDonald gets ready to handball in the round 18 game against Richmond in 2009. The Demons lost by four points.

Jon Pierik Two matches during Dean Bailey's tenure, in particular, have been under the spotlight.


Pies: We don't fear tank probe

Eddie McGuire

Jon Pierik Collingwood president Eddie McGuire says the Magpies would have nothing to hide if an AFL investigation into whether Melbourne tanked spread to other clubs.


Wallace: 'I'm interested'

Terry Wallace.

Jon Pierik Wallace is interested, Williams is available and Bailey and Bickley should be considered when Port Adelaide begins to assess prospective coaching applicants.

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AFL puts integrity on the line as tanking probe continues

Andrew Demetriou.

Jon Pierik If investigation proves positive, any punishment will be handled by AFL Commission.

AFL rules out priority picks this year


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...

Three losses that raised eyebrows

Stunning defeat: Richmond beat the Dees in 2009.

Jon Pierik Melbourne's defeats in rounds 17, 18 and 22 to Sydney, Richmond and St Kilda respectively under scrutiny.


Demons to set battle lines

Demons logo

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.

Dees' charges revealed

Jon Pierik EXCLUSIVE Lawyers for Demons and ex-coach Dean Bailey ready to take AFL to court if found guilty of tanking.

Call for tanking amnesty

Dean Bailey addresses players during a controversial clash with Richmond in 2009.

Jon Pierik Former St Kilda coach believes league in danger of becoming an ''orchestrated theatre company''.


Stynes' role in alleged tanking a delicate issue

Jim Stynes.

Jon Pierik Role former president had in controversy remains a delicate issue for the AFL.


Watts drawn into Demons tanking investigation

AFL Round 11.Melbourne v Collingwood.Melbourne's Jack Watts tackled by Collingwood's Jamie Elliott at the MCG.11 June 2012.Picture Sebastian Costanzo. The Age.

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.

Tank or no tank, Dees sunk


Jon Pierik When this entire ugly episode is over, there won't be a winner.

The 3 minutes that mattered

AFL, Football, Round 18.  Melbourne v Richmond at the MCG.Richmonds Tyrone Vickery and Melbournes Paul Johnson wait for the ball.

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.


Investigators question Melbourne over Watts

Watts next: Melbourne young gun Jack Watts.

Jon Pierik EXCLUSIVE Melbourne's selection policy, including use of prized draft pick, heavily scrutinised by AFL investigators.

Connolly claims conspiracy

Chris Connolly

Jon Pierik EXCLUSIVE Chris Connolly rejects claims the now infamous "vault" meeting even took place.