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.

Melbourne defeats in 2009: two case studies

Melbourne's James McDonald gets ready to handball in the round 18 game against Richmond in 2009. The Demons lost by four points.

Jon Pierik Two matches during Dean Bailey's tenure, in particular, have been under the spotlight.

Demons to cash up for trade-fest

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Jon Pierik Melbourne vows to be major player during trade and free agency periods and calls on supporters to help.

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Three losses that raised eyebrows

Stunning defeat: Richmond beat the Dees in 2009.

Jon Pierik Melbourne's defeats in rounds 17, 18 and 22 to Sydney, Richmond and St Kilda respectively under scrutiny.

AFL

Stynes' role in alleged tanking a delicate issue

Jim Stynes.

Jon Pierik Role former president had in controversy remains a delicate issue for the AFL.

Health fears for Jurrah

Liam Jurrah

Jon Pierik Former Melbourne forward was charged with drink-driving in Adelaide.

AFL

AFL awaiting Jurrah

Liam Jurrah.

Jon Pierik Former Melbourne forward Liam Jurrah will be welcomed back into the AFL once he has served his jail sentence.

Jurrah to focus on game: Neeld

Liam Jurrah lines up for a shot at goal.

Jon Pierik Melbourne coach says challenge for Liam Jurrah now is to focus on football.

AFL

State of play

As the season gets closer, St Kilda train at Frankston.

Jon Pierik With the start of the AFL's pre-season competition less than three weeks away, it's time to go around the grounds and check up on the clubs' injury lists.

Demon defender out two weeks

Jon Pierik Jack Grimes avoids what initially was feared as season-ending shoulder injury.

Back indigenous stars: Betheras

The sky?s the limit: Sydney Swan Adam Goodes could have a future on the AFL Commission when his playing days are over.

Jon Pierik Ex-Pie urges greater investment in indigenous support at club and commission level.

Stars out for Blues, Demons

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Jon Pierik Carlton, Melbourne dealt major blows on the eve of the AFL season.

AFL

Chief backs Crows' move

AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou.

Jon Pierik AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou denies orchestrating Matt Rendell's resignation.

Football

Time to deliver says Demon Trengove

Youngster's Jack Grimes [L]and Jack Trengove [R] were today annouced as Co captains of The Melbourne Football Club . 3rd February 2012.Photo Vince Caligiuri ,The Age

Jon Pierik Melbourne co-captain has warned against pulling out the 'potential' card when it suits.

Dees in talks over series for Stynes

Jim Stynes.

Jon Pierik Possibility of honouring Stynes with international rules series split between Dublin and Melbourne.

Football

Ground-slog day

2012 AFL Season. Round 3. Richmond vs Melbourne at the MCG.
Tigers rookie Brandon Ellis beats Demons forward Mitch Robinson to the ball.
Melbourne. 14 April 2012.
Picture by PAUL ROVERE / THE AGE

Jon Pierik and Jared Lynch Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs last night remained the only Victorian clubs yet to win.

Dees must back their man: Drum

Season from hell... Demons coach Mark Neeld.

Jon Pierik Former Fremantle coach urges Melbourne's board not to turn on coach Mark Neeld.

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Jurrah not ready

Liam Jurrah

Jon Pierik Struggling Demons forward persuades coach to delay his comeback by at least a week.

Jurrah ready for return: coach

Jon Pierik Melbourne coach Mark Neeld says nervous forward has mental strength and resilience to return.