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.


Blues finish strongly to upset Kangaroos

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


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.


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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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.


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.


Kangaroos positive on Dal Santo

Still in the mix: Nick Dal Santo.

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


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.

North clings to top eight

Demon on the rise: Melbourne’s Jeremy Howe marks over North’s Scott Thompson at Etihad Stadium yesterday.

Jon Pierik This was another dark chapter for Melbourne, in a season that has gone totally wrong.

Byes key to longer careers, say players

Drew Petrie supports the introduction of two byes from 2013.

Jon Pierik Two byes needed to play more games, North Melbourne vice-captain Drew Petrie claims.

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Roo warns midfielders against long 'bombs'

Drew Petrie.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne vice-captain Drew Petrie warns his midfield to not be predictable when heading into attack.

Roos slam ignorant supporters

Brad Scott

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.

Roos leap into unknown

Coming through: North Melbourne's Daniel Wells leads Robert Murphy to the ball.

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.

Confident Kangaroos plan to ruffle feathers

Andrew Swallow.

Jon Pierik Kangaroos have every right to think four years of rebuilding will be rewarded.

Old boys in awe of classy North

Wayne Carey.

Jon Pierik Greg Miller was one of the key architects of North Melbourne's dominance through the 1990s.


Ablett scoops player award

Gold Coast captain Gary Ablett

Jon Pierik Gary Ablett continues to show why he remains one of the game's greatest talents.


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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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.


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.


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.