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.
Jon Pierik As questions emerged whether Essendon's supplements program could have an impact on players' fertility, Bombers great Tim Watson, the father of club captain Jobe, says the drugs inquiry into a...
Jon Pierik Future of Essendon's off-field triumvirate set to become clearer within weeks.
Jon Pierik Senior Essendon assistant coach endorses James Hird to remain in charge.
Jon Pierik As the Essendon players arrived at Perth airport on Saturday morning, it was difficult to know what to make of the situation.
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Jon Pierik Essendon coach adamant he will be in a "very, very good position" when he speaks to authorities in the supplements investigation.
Jon Pierik Essendon maintains it is ready to tackle any allegations head-on.
Jon Pierik Adelaide struggles to deal with sliding rule in season-opening 35-point loss.
Jon Pierik It is one of football's great debates, but Gary Ablett jnr has an emphatic response: he is not as good as his equally famous father.
Jon Pierik AFL Commissioner will step aside from board discussions on anti-doping investigation.
Jon Pierik As rumblings about Essendon's training program of last year abounded in recent months - and gained significant traction on Monday - several football insiders have questioned just how far clubs are...
Jon Pierik Mick Malthouse may have inherited Carlton team similar to Geelong of 2006.
Jon Pierik Football manager Danny Corcoran says defender progressing well through demanding pre-season.
Jon Pierik Essendon coach closely questioned by his board over the club's soft-tissue injury epidemic.
Jon Pierik Midfielder David Myers says win over Fremantle means Bombers are serious contenders.
Jon Pierik Carlton president Stephen Kernahan refuses to guarantee that Brett Ratten would coach out the season.
Jon Pierik As the Travis Cloke contract saga rolls on, Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley says he does not harbour the same fears Mark Thompson had when Gary Ablett was contemplating leaving Geelong two years ago.
Jon Pierik Fremantle does not feel it is at a disadvantage in trying to lure Magpie Travis Cloke.
Jon Pierik Ruckman Paddy Ryder and forward MIchael Hurley the latest to be derailed by injury.
Jon Pierik Essendon confident Michael Hurley will return to battle this weekend.
Jon Pierik Coach says Bombers will understand progress made this season after next fortnight.