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.

Kangaroos know they have plenty of hop

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.

Can the Bombers put the score on the board?

Forward focus: Essendon needs Joe Daniher to fire.

Jon Pierik Finals questions about the North Melbourne-Essendon clash.

AFL

Blues finish strongly to upset Kangaroos

Carlton's Marc Murphy gathers the ball as Levi Greenwood approaches.

Jon Pierik For those who wondered whether Mick Malthouse would find a reason to crack a smile this week, the answer came quickly.

AFL

Petrie could have been asphyxiated, says sports medico

Hawthorn expects this incident to face match review panel scrutiny.

Jon Pierik and Stathi Paxinos Leading sports medico Dr Peter Larkins was so concerned by Brian Lake's alleged choke on Drew Petrie that he feared the Kangaroos forward could have been asphyxiated.

AFL

Dal Santo looks for a major change

Nick Dal Santo

Jon Pierik Free-agent recruit reveals a desire to become more of a goal-kicking option next season.

AFL

Travis Cloke not considered elite by Champion Data

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 12:  Travis Cloke of the Magpies reacts after missing a goal during the round 16 AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Adelaide Crows at Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 12, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Jon Pierik Travis Cloke may be regarded as the premier power forward in the AFL, but a deeper analysis of his game has meant he is not classified as one of the league's elite players.

AFL

Who will step forward?

Travis Cloke.

Jon Pierik How hard is it to find forwards of the highest quality? According to the AFL's chief statisticians, only seven clubs have them.

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AFL

Kangaroos positive on Dal Santo

Still in the mix: Nick Dal Santo.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne veteran hopeful the StKilda midfielder would change clubs.

AFL

Petrie hopeful Dal Santo becomes a 'Roo

Jon Pierik North Melbourne veteran Drew Petrie said a face-to-face meeting with Nick Dal Santo had been productive and remained hopeful the St Kilda midfielder would shift clubs.

AFL

Swans firm for Tippett: rivals

Kurt Tippett

Jon Pierik and Jake Niall Swans appear to be the front-runners for the Adelaide forward's services.

The face of football

The ace: Geelong forward Tom Hawkins.

Jon Pierik Nathan Buckley believes franchising is a good way to move away from constraints.

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AFL

Ziebell's scientific approach

Path to fitness: North Melbourne's Jack Ziebell, Brent Harvey and Drew Petrie.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne's young gun knows the little things count in 2013.

Football

Lay-off has Petrie keen to dish it up

Drew Petrie

Jon Pierik Drew Petrie joked that he had better repay coach Brad Scott for giving him almost three months off over the pre-season to rest a body preparing for its 13th AFL campaign.

Football

Education on drugs is key: Petrie

Drew Petrie

Jon Pierik Drew Petrie says players must not be victimised if there is change to the illicit drugs policy.

Football

Clubs in legal minefield on drugs: Port

Jon Pierik Port Adelaide president David Koch fears clubs will be open to legal reprisal.

AFL

Tiger six-pack rates a mention

Sherrin dice.

Jon Pierik If Richmond is looking for evidence it can feature this season in its first finals campaign in more than a decade, this may be it.

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AFL coaches: the class of 2013

AFL coaches.

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.

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AFL

A powerful player carries future in his own hands

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Jon Pierik Free agents will continue to be the main focus of fans and media this season.

Swallow wants more flexibility over pre-season

Ready to roll: Andrew Swallow at training Saturday.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne captain Andrew Swallow says it's time to shorten the pre-season.

Hawks unveil latest defensive weapon

Time's right: Brian Lake will make his debut for Hawthorn on Sunday.

Jon Pierik Brian Lake was recruited in a bid to improve a defence that struggled to contain power forwards.