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.

Will Evans, the son of former Essendon boss David Evans, quits Bombers just as Hird set to return

Former Essendon chairman David Evans: May give evidence.

Jon Pierik In an intriguing twist of timing, the son of former club chairman David Evans has tendered his resignation at Essendon and will leave the club just as James Hird returns from suspension.

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Mark Thompson: Essendon players were vague and nervous

Mark Thompson

Jon Pierik Essendon coach Mark Thompson has revealed his players were “a bit vague and nervous” when they were issued with show-cause notices by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, but has...

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Stakes high for Essendon, Hird and ASADA

It can be difficult to keep abreast of what is really going on in the Essendon supplements saga.

Jon Pierik The details, technicalities and, as one lawyer put it, "white noise" around the Federal Court case brought by Essendon and James Hird means it can be difficult to keep abreast of what is really going...

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McLachlan invites AFL coaches over for a homely chat

Gillon McLachlan has asked all 18 senior coaches to his home for an informal chat.

Jon Pierik Debate over the need for official accreditation and a desire to have a more constructive say in the growth and well-being of the game will be discussed by senior club coaches when they meet AFL chief...

James Hird should not return this season, says Essendon legend Tim Watson

Essendon drug crisis dink.

Jon Pierik With just a fortnight until James Hird returns to Australia, Essendon great Tim Watson has declared the suspended coach should not be involved at the club until the Bombers' 2014 campaign is over.

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Hird turns his focus to the AFL's Brett Clothier

Round one: Essendon chairman Paul Little reads a statement after the Bombers' opening gambit in the Federal Court on Friday.

Jon Pierik James Hird has turned his sights on AFL integrity unit investigator Brett Clothier in the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority court case, with the suspended Essendon coach set to arrive home from...

James Hird may face cross-examination in court

Illustration: Matt Golding

Jon Pierik James Hird could be called to give evidence and cross-examined in person in the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority court case, potentially opening the door to more information about the club's...

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AFL chief medico Peter Harcourt may have breached Essendon drugs agreement, says lawyer

Chief AFL medical officer Dr Peter Harcourt.

Jon Pierik A lawyer who acted as a consultant to Essendon last season has claimed the fines and suspensions imposed on James Hird and the Bombers could be void because of comments made by the AFL's chief...

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Essendon players choose not to join Hird, club case against ASADA

Essendon drug crisis dink.

Adam Cooper, Jon Pierik The identities of the 34 Essendon players issued with show-cause notices will not be revealed in the Federal Court after a lawyer representing the group said they would not be joined to proceedings.

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Bombers boss seeks answers over AFL medico claims

Paul Little says the AFL needs to explain the comments made by medical director Peter Harcourt.

Jon Pierik Essendon chairman Paul Little has urged the AFL to explain shock comments made by medical director Peter Harcourt, as Bombers coach Mark Thompson insisted his men were not facing health risks.

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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...

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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.

Dons could face player legal action

Essendon drug crisis dink.

Jon Pierik Essendon players will seriously consider taking legal action against the club should they be found guilty of taking a banned substance.

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Cameron Ling the hottest property of the off-season?

Cameron Ling.

Jon Pierik Provided Cameron Ling opts to join the assistant coaching ranks next year, a move he is deliberating, in sharemarket terms he looms as one of the major ''buys'' of this year's off-season.

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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...

D-day for Tania and James Hird

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Jon Pierik Tania Hird, the wife of suspended Essendon coach James, is expected to be hauled before the Essendon board on Wednesday and ordered to take a vow of silence to ensure her husband returns to the top...

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James Hird will discover fate at Essendon board meeting

James Hird's future is likely to be decided on Wednesday.

Jon Pierik Essendon is determined to resolve James Hird's future at a specially convened board meeting on Wednesday afternoon, although it remains unclear whether Tania Hird will front club directors.

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Paul Roos sticks to his game plan

Demons coach Paul Roos speaks to the media on Monday.

Jon Pierik Melbourne coach tells his players they will be moved on unless there is improvement on the field.

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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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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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