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.


Paul Roos sticks to his game plan

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


No guarantee on James Hird's return: Paul Little

Essendon chairman Paul Little.

Jon Pierik Essendon chairman Paul Little has refused to guarantee that James Hird will coach the team next year, revealing more information needs to be gathered before a final decision on his future is made.


Time for Bombers to let Hird go

Jon Pierik

Jon Pierik Another Essendon season faces potential ruin if the Hirds don't hit the silence button.

D-day for Tania and James Hird


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...


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.


Nathan Lovett-Murray a reasoned voice of calm amid Essendon unrest

Mark Thompson

Jon Pierik In a saga that continues to elicit many rash comments, Nathan Lovett-Murray provides a sane voice.


Ex-Cats Cameron Mooney and Matthew Scarlett give Dogs more

Matthew Scarlett and Cameron Mooney.

Jon Pierik Geelong premiership stars Cameron Mooney and Matthew Scarlett have extended their coaching commitments with the Western Bulldogs, as the Dogs seek to build on last year's strong finish.


Michael Hurley says he feels 'at home' in defence

Reason to smile: Bomber Michael Hurley says he is enjoying life as a defender after spending most of his career as a forward.

Jon Pierik Bomber admits he struggled to read the play as a key forward.


The back-to-back blueprint

Brisbane Lions captain Michael Voss

Jon Pierik How AFL premiers can join the short list of those who followed up with another flag.


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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AFL coaches: who is under most pressure?

Gold Coast Suns coach Guy Mckenna.

Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane Which coach will feel the heat most from club and supporters this season?

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Stokes hungry for Chapman clash

AFL  Football-Gold Coast Suns v Geelong at the Carrara  Stadium on the Gold Coast, Saturday May 28, 2011. Mathew Stokes and Paul Chapman (R) THE AGE SPORT. Pictures by STEVE HOLLAND.

Jon Pierik Mathew Stokes can't wait to niggle the 'angry old man'


James Hird might still be targeted by ASADA

James Hird

Jon Pierik Former anti-doping chief Richard Ings maintains Essendon players will be issued with infraction notices, with James Hird's return as senior coach next year still attracting the attention of sports...


Focus on Hird but Bombers players the real victims

James Hird.

Jon Pierik Amid the allegations and consternation, the players are the forgotten party.


Essendon and Robinson in dispute over who approached who

Dean Robinson.

Jon Pierik Two parties at loggerheads over who made initial contact with the other leading to Robinson's appointment.


Hird: the main game is still in play

Jon Pierik

Jon Pierik The bickering over how James Hird gets his money out of Essendon is largely irrelevent.

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ASADA sets days to talk to Thompson

essendon logo

Jon Pierik Mark Thompson is set to be one of the last Essendon staff members interviewed.


Maxwell overrated: Scarlo

Maxwell and Scarlett.

Jon Pierik Matthew Scarlett has opened up about his dislike for Nick Maxwell, declaring the Collingwood captain was not respected by the Cats.

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Grandstand finish


Jon Pierik The supplements saga has dominated the AFL season. Here's what happened.


Fans expect points to be lost: Watson

Tim Watson

Matt Murnane and Jon Pierik But the AFL maintains it's too early to declare any punishment.