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.

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Swans on notice: 'Hawks a different team'

Jon Pierik Hawthorn maestro Shaun Burgoyne has warned the Swans that the Hawks will have a rejigged midfield and will be a ''different'' team when they seek recompense in Saturday night's blockbuster at the MCG.

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Lance Franklin now a 'faceless man' to us, says Alastair Clarkson

Lance Franklin - just another

Jon Pierik While appreciative of the service he gave, Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says Lance Franklin is now a "faceless man" to the Hawks as the superstar forward aims to inflict more pain on his former...

Angry Eddie McGuire takes aim at Sydney, clubs and News Corp

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Jon Pierik Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has launched another stinging attack on Sydney, and also taken aim at rival club presidents and even one of his own employers, as his feud with the Swans...

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Carlton's Levi Casboult emerging from the shadows

Levi Casboult can expect an offer of a two or three-year contract extension when negotiations with the Blues intensify.

Jon Pierik What Carlton's Levi Casboult describes as a goal-kicking "cliche" is helping to improve his all-round value and turn him into one of the AFL’s best power forwards.

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Jim Marinis, the manager of Collingwood defender Alan Toovey, is set to take the AFL Players Association to court

Jim Marinis

Jon Pierik The manager of Collingwood defender Alan Toovey is set to take the AFLPA to court.

Matthew Lloyd has declared James Hird will return as Essendon coach

Jon Pierik Matthew Lloyd has declared James Hird will return as Essendon coach next season, as his father Allan Hird maintained the family line of taking aim at AFL chief Andrew Demetriou.

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Lloyd says Hird safe, as dad fires new AFL salvo

Essendon Bombers coach James Hird.

Jon Pierik As Essendon debates whether to retain James Hird, his father Allan says the club legend should be allowed to return as coach, and has maintained the family line of taking aim at AFL chief Andrew...

Cats turn up the heat on Steve Johnson to deliver

Mercurial: Steve Johnson.

Jon Pierik Geelong coach Chris Scott has turned the spotlight on Steve Johnson to deliver a "hard but fair" performance when he returns from suspension in Thursday night's blockbuster against the Swans.

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Chris Scott turns the heat on mauled Cats to respond

Cats players looking dejected after Swans thumping.

Jon Pierik Hurting after a rare thumping loss, Geelong coach Chris Scott has demanded an immediate response from his stunned men, while James Kelly is confident the Cats will ‘‘deliver’’...

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Goodes decision hangs over Swans

Sydney's chances of defending its title may hang on Adam Goodes.

David Sygall, Sydney, and Jon Pierik Sydney Swans' coaching and medical staff face a potentially season-defining decision.

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Eddie McGuire calls for all AFL clubs to get a fair go

Big money: Lance Franklin's move raised eyebrows.

Jon Pierik Call comes as Sydney mounts renewed push to retain its controversial cost-of-living allowance.

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Steven Trigg says no to Saints

Steven Trigg

Jon Pierik St Kilda's search for a new chief continues, with Adelaide boss Steven Trigg informing the Saints he won't join the club.

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Simpson's value on the up and up

Inspiring: Kade Simpson will play his 200th game on Friday.

Jon Pierik Kade Simpson could easily be known as the Blues' intercept king.

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Demons' Jack Watts ready to take on elite

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Jon Pierik Enjoying life under a new regime, Jack Watts says is ready to play a key role in a revamped midfield.

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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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Blues big man proves key in resurgence

Call up: Robbie Warnock (left) with Kade Simpson and Bryce Gibbs at Carlton training on Friday.

Jon Pierik Bryce Gibbs says Robbie Warnock has contributed much to Blues' late-season surge.

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AFL coaches: who is under most pressure?

Gold Coast Suns coach Guy Mckenna.

Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane Which coach will feel the heat most from club and supporters this season?

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Tame Blues stretched as class wins

Which way?: Carlton's Marc Murphy takes a one-hand mark over Swan Craig Bird.

Jon Pierik Battered Swans secure four-goal win and book preliminary-final berth against Fremantle.

AFL investigates Buddy's nine-year $10m deal

Lance Franklin

Jon Pierik League to launch investigation into Hawk's proposed move to Sydney, who are believed to offered $10m over nine years.

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Brayshaw on attack over Swans

James Brayshaw.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne chairman turns the heat on departing Sydney counterpart Richard Colless.

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