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.

AFL

ASADA supplements probe left Essendon players disillusioned: Jobe Watson

Essendon's Jobe Watson.

Jon Pierik Jobe Watson says the supplements saga has at times left the club disillusioned with the sport.

AFL

AFL turned to corporate investigator Peter McMillan in Essendon case

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Jon Pierik The AFL turned to Racing Victoria's former chief investigator as part of its probe with the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority into the Essendon supplements scandal.

AFL

David Evans to reappear in Essendon court case

David Evans played a key role in the Bombers' decision to self-report to the AFL and ASADA on February 5 last year.

Jon Pierik Former Essendon chairman David Evans is expected to officially reappear in the supplements scandal as the Bombers seek documents attempting to strengthen their argument that the joint probe into the...

AFL

Essendon players in a 'grieving' process, says Thompson

Mark Thompson.

Jon Pierik Essendon coach Mark Thompson says his players have a "grieving" mentality, as the Bombers attempt to focus on Saturday night's clash against the Adelaide Crows.

AFL

Bombers' court tactic may not stop cases, says ASADA boss

Illustration: Matt Golding

Jon Pierik Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority chief Ben McDevitt believes his case against Essendon is on safe legal grounds but has warned the Bombers his brief may not fall apart even if the club is...

AFL

Legal minefield awaits in Essendon peptides saga, says lawyer

Jon Pierik A leading sports lawyer says the ASADA investigation into the Essendon supplements scandal is already a “car crash” and has warned a “legal minefield” awaits if show-cause...

Essendon players at their 'worst point' says Matthew Lloyd

Essendon drug crisis dink.

Jon Pierik Just days out from the start of the AFL season, Matthew Lloyd has revealed Bombers' players involved in the supplements saga are mentally at their "worst point".

AFL Players Association dismayed Essendon players still in limbo

AFLPA chief Matt Finnis.

Jon Pierik AFL Players Association chief Matt Finnis says he is dismayed Essendon players remain in an invidious position over the supplements investigation.

James Brayshaw: Kangaroos were atrocious

Jon Pierik North Melbourne chairman James Brayshaw has labelled the 39-point loss to Essendon as the club’s worst defeat in the Brad Scott-era and has demanded a ‘‘strong...

AFL

Time for Bombers to let Hird go

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Jon Pierik Another Essendon season faces potential ruin if the Hirds don't hit the silence button.

AFL

Jason Winderlich impresses in Essendon pre-season

Jason Winderlich.

Jon Pierik As the Bombers welcome back several big names for NAB Challenge clash against Port, there's one, in particular, who has caught the eye of assistant coach Nathan Bassett.

AFL

Essendon players may take legal action over media report

Essendon drug crisis dink.

Jon Pierik Essendon captain Jobe Watson has left open the option of taking legal against News Corp newspapers for its decision to publish the names of players suspected to have taken banned drugs.

Spin won't matter when result is black and white - AFL boss

Jon Pierik As drug authorities prepare to hand down their report, AFL chief Andrew Demetriou has warned no amount of public relations spin will influence the ''outcome'' of the Essendon drugs scandal.

AFL

Spin to have no influence on outcome: Demetriou

Andrew Demetriou.

Jon Pierik Andrew Demetriou warns that no amount of spin will influence the outcome of the Essendon drugs scandal.

AFL

ASADA report has landed

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Jon Pierik Essendon players remain free to play at the moment, but the spectre of club punishment still looms.

AFL

Lots of life left in Chris Judd, says Carlton's Robert Wiley

Chris Judd is training well after wrist and elbow surgery.

Jon Pierik But there is no guarantee the champion midfielder will play beyond 2014.

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

James Hird 'confident' of remaining Essendon coach

Coach James Hird at Windy Hill this morning.

Jon Pierik Given a rousing reception by the Essendon faithful at Windy Hill, coach James Hird has declared he is ''very confident'' of remaining in the role for the long-term, as the AFL begins dissecting the...

AFL

Grandstand finish

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Jon Pierik The supplements saga has dominated the AFL season. Here's what happened.

AFL

What me worry?

James Hird.

Jon Pierik As James Hird declared he was 'very confident' of remaining as coach, Essendon began to analyse an interim 400-page document from ASADA.