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.

Matthew Lloyd has declared James Hird will return as Essendon coach

Jon Pierik Matthew Lloyd has declared James Hird will return as Essendon coach next season, as his father Allan Hird maintained the family line of taking aim at AFL chief Andrew Demetriou.

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Matthew Lloyd reckons Bryce Gibbs not worth $700,000

Carlton's Bryce Gibbs is tackled by Ben Griffiths of RIchmond during Thursday's match.

Jon Pierik Essendon great Matthew Lloyd says Bryce Gibbs is not in the class of a Patrick Dangerfield or Joel Selwood, as Carlton confirmed its board of directors would will not make a pitch to the talented...

Essendon players at their 'worst point' says Matthew Lloyd

Essendon drug crisis dink.

Jon Pierik Just days out from the start of the AFL season, Matthew Lloyd has revealed Bombers' players involved in the supplements saga are mentally at their "worst point".

3AW a footy ratings winner

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Jon Pierik 3AW Football has regained lost ground and emerged as a ratings winner, as most of its callers and expert commentators seek to renegotiate new contracts.

Free agency not great for Saints: Nick Riewoldt

Nick Riewoldt:

Jon Pierik As St Kilda takes the formative steps in its rebuild, skipper Nick Riewoldt admits free agency has not been kind to the Saints and hopes equalisation will help give all clubs a greater chance to lure...

AFL

Time to lay off criticism of the game, says Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley

Nathan Buckley talks to Brent Macaffer during a training session.

Jon Pierik Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley fears the narrative around the sport has become too negative, with the blanket broadcast coverage contributing to the problem.

Waite given the all clear, but career in limbo

Jarrad Waite's three-year contract expires after this season.

Jon Pierik Dumped Carlton forward Jarrad Waite has escaped serious injury as he fights to revive his AFL career.

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Petrie could have been asphyxiated, says sports medico

Hawthorn expects this incident to face match review panel scrutiny.

Jon Pierik and Stathi Paxinos Leading sports medico Dr Peter Larkins was so concerned by Brian Lake's alleged choke on Drew Petrie that he feared the Kangaroos forward could have been asphyxiated.

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Demons intrigue: Will Paul Roos stay?

Undecided: Paul Roos with his players.

Jon Pierik The intrigue over Melbourne's immediate coaching future continues, with Paul Roos yet to decide whether to remain for a third year, while questioning whether a two-year apprenticeship would be long...

AFL

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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Lloyd says Hird safe, as dad fires new AFL salvo

Essendon Bombers coach James Hird.

Jon Pierik As Essendon debates whether to retain James Hird, his father Allan says the club legend should be allowed to return as coach, and has maintained the family line of taking aim at AFL chief Andrew...

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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St Kilda players are believers

Jon Pierik If there is one word St Kilda coach Alan Richardson and his players regularly mention during the week and on match day, it's belief.

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Carlton's youngsters in running to debut against winless Demons

Patrick Cripps

Jon Pierik As Carlton looks to regroup ahead of Saturday's clash against fellow winless side Melbourne, the Blues will consider unveiling two of the youngsters they hope will eventually form part of their next...

AFL

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.

AFL

Nick Riewoldt ready for new role at St Kilda

Nick Riewoldt (centre) with former player Justin Koschitzke (right).

Jon Pierik As St Kilda prepares for what many expect will be a bruising rebuild, captain Nick Riewoldt says his leadership will be more important than ever.

AFL Players Association dismayed Essendon players still in limbo

AFLPA chief Matt Finnis.

Jon Pierik AFL Players Association chief Matt Finnis says he is dismayed Essendon players remain in an invidious position over the supplements investigation.

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Tony Shaw questions Nathan Buckley's contract extension

Nathan Buckley

Jon Pierik Collingwood legend Tony Shaw has questioned why the Magpies have given coach Nathan Buckley a two-year extension, declaring it would have been more prudent to hand him a one-year deal.

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Malthouse: Blues set to challenge

Mick Malthouse

Jon Pierik While many in the football world continue to debate Carlton's likely finish this season, coach Michael Malthouse believes his Blues are ready to challenge the league's elite.

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Cats not ready to fall off the perch, says Bartel

Fronting up: Geelong champion Jimmy Bartel has some tips for Warrnambool West Primary pupils.

Jon Pierik Jimmy Bartel may be preparing for another significant milestone and a change of position and leadership, but the Geelong champion has declared the Cats are not ready to "fall off the perch".