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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Carlton turns to Lenny Hayes to help Bryce Gibbs grow

Jon Pierik Through his year in the media after leaving Collingwood, and in the days after joining Carlton, Mick Malthouse made it clear if the Blues were to take major strides forward, there needed to be less...

Saints flag 'significant changes' to list with several players under spotlight

Alan Richardson

Jon Pierik St Kilda has flagged "significant changes" to its playing list, while declaring it would be surprised if the AFL Commission awarded Melbourne a priority pick.

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Jarryn Geary signs two-year contract with Saints

On the dotted line: St Kilda has signed defender Jarryn Geary.

Jon Pierik St Kilda has secured a new contract for defender Jarryn Geary, while discussions have opened with fellow defender James Gwilt.

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Demons intrigue: Will Paul Roos stay?

Undecided: Paul Roos with his players.

Jon Pierik The intrigue over Melbourne's immediate coaching future continues, with Paul Roos yet to decide whether to remain for a third year, while questioning whether a two-year apprenticeship would be long...

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Collingwood's Nick Maxwell confirms his AFL retirement

Nick Maxwell's retirement will test Collingwood's defence.

Emma Quayle and Jon Pierik Collingwood's 2010 premiership captain Nick Maxwell has confirmed his retirement from the AFL following his season-ending ankle injury suffered last weekend.

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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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Nick Riewoldt ready for new role at St Kilda

Nick Riewoldt (centre) with former player Justin Koschitzke (right).

Jon Pierik As St Kilda prepares for what many expect will be a bruising rebuild, captain Nick Riewoldt says his leadership will be more important than ever.

Jack Billings no certainty to make St Kilda debut

New Saint Jack Billings

Jon Pierik St Kilda’s top draft pick Jack Billings will use Saturday’s VFL practice match to push his claims for a senior debut, but the Saints have adopted a cautious approach with the talented...

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St Kilda rookie Eli Templeton elevated to senior list

Eli Templeton has replaced Lewis Pierce on the primary list.

Jon Pierik St Kilda could unveil a possible new cult hero in round one, with Eli Templeton elevated to the senior list.

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Alan Richardson urges David Armitage to show the way for young midfield

Leading the way: David Armitage.

Jon Pierik Jack Billings, Luke Dunstan and Eli Templeton earn debuts as Saints mark out new beginning.

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St Kilda players are believers

Jon Pierik If there is one word St Kilda coach Alan Richardson and his players regularly mention during the week and on match day, it's belief.

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Thompson, players at odds as Bombers skid

Not happy: Mark Thompson watches the game against the Saints on Saturday.

Jon Pierik Heading into the biggest match of the home-and-away campaign, Essendon's players are at odds with coach Mark Thompson, as the Bombers' bright start to the season quickly fades.

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St Kilda's Jack Steven is keen to rally midfield forces as club rebuilds

Taking flight: Jack Steven clashes with West Coast at Etihad Stadium last year.

Jon Pierik Jack Steven's skills have matured with his ability to lead younger players.

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Saints' Seaford base is geographically 'challenging' says Riewoldt

St Kilda Saints AFL media announcement at Dendy Street Beach

Jon Pierik St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt has admitted publicly what some at the club have privately felt.

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New St Kilda coach Alan Richardson has served a solid apprenticeship

Tactical: St Kilda coach Alan Richardson plans his moves on Saturday.

Jon Pierik New Saints coach Alan Richardson is one experienced rookie.

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David Armitage and Jack Steven to fill midfield void for St Kilda

St Kilda's David Armitage.

Jon Pierik St Kilda midfielder turns the spotlight on himself and fellow onballer Jack Steven.

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Dees get their man and start hunt for a long-term coach

Paul Roos

Jon Pierik and Samantha Lane Melbourne takes unique step of beginning to search for its future senior coach.

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Roos signs as Demons coach but devil was in the details

Paul Roos

Jon Pierik As the AFL coaching landscape transforms, Melbourne has taken the unique step of beginning to search for its future senior coach, after pulling off a coup and signing the man who will oversee the...

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Goddard weighs up future

Reconsidering: Brendon Goddard is unhappy with St Kilda's contract offer.

Jon Pierik While the focus today will be Carlton coach Brett Ratten, this match may become a farewell of another kind.

AFL

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.