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 Brian Lake was recruited in a bid to improve a defence that struggled to contain power forwards.
Jon Pierik Brilliant small forward hurt in bruising three-point win against North Melbourne.
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 Free agents will continue to be the main focus of fans and media this season.
Jon Pierik North Melbourne captain Andrew Swallow says it's time to shorten the pre-season.
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.
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.
Jon Pierik Drew Petrie says players must not be victimised if there is change to the illicit drugs policy.
Jon Pierik Port Adelaide president David Koch fears clubs will be open to legal reprisal.
Jon Pierik North Melbourne's young gun knows the little things count in 2013.
Jon Pierik Nathan Buckley believes franchising is a good way to move away from constraints.
Jon Pierik and Jake Niall Swans appear to be the front-runners for the Adelaide forward's services.
Jon Pierik Gary Ablett continues to show why he remains one of the game's greatest talents.
Jon Pierik Despite his dominance in recent weeks, Drew Petrie urged his midfield fleet to consider all options when heading into attack against the Western Bulldogs yesterday.
Jon Pierik Kangaroos have every right to think four years of rebuilding will be rewarded.
Jon Pierik Greg Miller was one of the key architects of North Melbourne's dominance through the 1990s.
Jon Pierik NORTH Melbourne coach Brad Scott last night lashed those ''embarrassing'' club supporters who gave forward Robbie Tarrant Bronx cheers, claiming they did not understand his game plan.
Jon Pierik North Melbourne vice-captain Drew Petrie warns his midfield to not be predictable when heading into attack.
Jon Pierik Shattered Chris Judd will argue that he was only trying to prevent a handball.
Jon Pierik This was another dark chapter for Melbourne, in a season that has gone totally wrong.