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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Matthew Lloyd reckons Bryce Gibbs not worth $700,000

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...

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.

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".

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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...

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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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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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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".

Bombers face more dire problems than flak from rival crowds, says Lloyd

Jobe Watson

Jon Pierik While Essendon coach James Hird took umbrage with a jeering Perth crowd, retired great Matthew Lloyd says the ''big concern'' is what awaits the Bombers when the doping investigation is complete.

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Watson 'thrives on boos'

Well done: Jobe Watson is congratulated by board member Greg Brown (centre) and Essendon doctor Bruce Reid.

Jon Pierik Matthew Lloyd says ''big concern'' is what awaits Bombers after doping investigation.

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Roos told to stand up, show fight

Sam Kekovich.

Jon Pierik Premiership star Sam Kekovich says troubling run of fade-outs must rest with coach Brad Scott.

Bombers optimistic on players

Matthew Lloyd

Jon Pierik Matthew Lloyd says there is a growing feeling the players will escape censure.

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Cheers music to Cloke's ears

Jon Pierik Travis Cloke may be searching for his iPod again to improve his accuracy.

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Grandstand finish

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

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What me worry?

James Hird.

Jon Pierik As James Hird declared he was 'very confident' of remaining as coach, Essendon began to analyse an interim 400-page document from ASADA.

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Embrace the pain, Bombers

Jone Watson.

Jon Pierik Leading sports psychologist Phil Jauncey urges players to embrace off-field pain.

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