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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Mark Thompson: Essendon players were vague and nervous

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...

AFL in invidious position as ASADA judgment day arrives

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Jon Pierik COMMENT: The AFL finds itself in an invidious position heading into Justice John Middleton's judgment day.

Court ruling could shape James Hird's future at Essendon, says lawyer

The Bombers run onto the field

Jon Pierik A leading sports lawyer believes Friday's findings in the Federal Court could have a major bearing on James Hird's future as coach of Essendon.

Essendon v ASADA: The story so far

Essendon in the Federal Court.

Jon Pierik Decision time: Essendon and James Hird v the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority

Brendon Goddard tells Paddy Ryder he is 'crucial' to Essendon's plans

Paddy Ryder, right, celebrates with his Bomber teammates.

Jon Pierik Brendon Goddard has told teammate Paddy Ryder he is "crucial" to Essendon's hopes of a premiership and says he needs to remain with the club to fulfil his potential.

Simon Goodwin steps up talks with Demons

Essendon assistant coach Simon Goodwin.

Jon Pierik Melbourne's bid to find a successor for Paul Roos has progressed, with the Demons given official permission to interview Essendon assistant Simon Goodwin.

Can the Bombers put the score on the board?

Forward focus: Essendon needs Joe Daniher to fire.

Jon Pierik Finals questions about the North Melbourne-Essendon clash.

Bombers could be destroyed if court case is lost, claims lawyer

Up for the fight: Suspended coach James Hird and wife Tania arrive at the Federal Court with their legal team.

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper Essendon lawyer Neil Young QC fears a Federal Court finding against the club could "effectively destroy its business" .

Essendon wants to use 'covert secret transcript' as evidence in case, court hears

James and Tania Hird arrive at court.

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper Solicitor for Essendon made a secret recording of an ASADA official addressing Bombers players.

James Hird signed AFL settlement under 'duress', court hears

James Hird

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper James Hird has revealed in court he signed a deed of settlement with the AFL last year over Essendon's supplements program under "duress, threats and inducements".

ASADA pressured by AFL and government, court told

Essendon drug crisis dink.

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper The pressure Australia's anti-doping authority was under from the former Labor federal government and the AFL to resolve the Essendon supplements scandal last year was laid bare in court on Tuesday,...

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AFL wanted ASADA to appear as 'the bad guys', court hears

Essendon in the Federal Court.

Adam Cooper and Jon Pierik A high-ranking federal government figure told a senior anti-doping official that the AFL wanted the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority to appear as "the bad guys" over penalties in the Essendon...

James Hird and Essendon boss Paul Little insist there is no rift

Neil Young arrives at court.

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper James Hird and Essendon chairman Paul Little insist there is no rift between them and that the suspended coach will "absolutely" take the reins in season 2015.

A wrap-up of the Essendon v ASADA court case

Hird's suspension is almost complete. He returns officially to Essendon on August 25 but will not have an active role with the team's performance this season.

Jon Pierik Three days of hearings before Justice John Middleton in the Federal Court are over. Essendon, James Hird and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority have had their say.

ASADA deal with Essendon would be improper, claims lawyer

Generic ASADA graphic.

Jon Pierik As the AFL prepares to slap a life ban on sports scientist Stephen Dank, a lawyer who acted as an adviser to Essendon last year says any attempt by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency to broker...

AFL was warned about legality of drugs probe, Bombers allege

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Jon Pierik Concerns about the legality of the joint investigation by the AFL and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority were raised within weeks of Essendon self-reporting by a lawyer who previously had...

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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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Major AFL figures subpoenaed by dumped Essendon fitness chief Dean Robinson

Illustration: Matt Golding

Jon Pierik Dean Robinson, the former Essendon fitness chief, has raised the stakes in the AFL club's supplements saga as he tries to clear his name, ordering some of the game's biggest figures to produce...

Dean Robinson lists 17 subpoenas in fight against Bombers, AFL

Andrew Demetriou, Tania Hird, Ian Robson, and David Evans.

Jon Pierik EXCLUSIVE: Former Essendon fitness chief Dean Robinson has handed out 17 subpoenas as part of his $2 million court case against the Bombers, with former club chairman David Evans even asked to...

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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...