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 How hard is it to find forwards of the highest quality? According to the AFL's chief statisticians, only seven clubs have them.
Jon Pierik Free-agent recruit reveals a desire to become more of a goal-kicking option next season.
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.
Jon Pierik North Melbourne veteran hopeful the StKilda midfielder would change clubs.
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.
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.
Jon Pierik This was another dark chapter for Melbourne, in a season that has gone totally wrong.
Jon Pierik Two byes needed to play more games, North Melbourne vice-captain Drew Petrie claims.
Jon Pierik North Melbourne vice-captain Drew Petrie warns his midfield to not be predictable when heading into attack.
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 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 Gary Ablett continues to show why he remains one of the game's greatest talents.
Jon Pierik and Jake Niall Swans appear to be the front-runners for the Adelaide forward's services.
Jon Pierik Nathan Buckley believes franchising is a good way to move away from constraints.
Jon Pierik North Melbourne's young gun knows the little things count in 2013.
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.