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 Bomber admits he struggled to read the play as a key forward.
Jon Pierik Mediation between Essendon and its former fitness chief Dean Robinson failed to broker a settlement on Friday, pushing the two parties closer to what looms as an explosive trial.
Jon Pierik Finals questions about the North Melbourne-Essendon clash.
Jon Pierik Geelong is hopeful defenders Tom Lonergan and Corey Enright will resume against Carlton on Friday night, while Allen Christensen is set to make his comeback after a pre-season marred by hip and back...
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.
Jon Pierik As the Bombers welcome back several big names for NAB Challenge clash against Port, there's one, in particular, who has caught the eye of assistant coach Nathan Bassett.
Jon Pierik Nathan Buckley believes franchising is a good way to move away from constraints.
Jon Pierik Throughout the supplements saga of recent months, Essendon has remained focused.
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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 remains hopeful Michael Hurley's wrist injury is not as bad as first feared.
Jon Pierik Western Bulldogs forward Shaun Higgins will miss the rest of the season with a foot injury.
Jon Pierik Essendon coach left to lament his team's lack of intensity in a bruising clash.
Jon Pierik Bombers admit they need to improve their efficiency inside attacking 50.
Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse, shocked after his Blues were over-run by Essendon on Friday night, has praised the standard of umpiring but suggested a video replay should have been used to clarify a...
Jon Pierik Essendon is 'very confident' captain Jobe Watson is physically ready for Sunday's blockbuster.
Jon Pierik Leading sports psychologist Phil Jauncey urges players to embrace off-field pain.
Jon Pierik Essendon adamant playing group can end month of on-field misery against fierce rival Carlton.
Jon Pierik Coach says Bombers will understand progress made this season after next fortnight.
Jon Pierik Essendon confident Michael Hurley will return to battle this weekend.
Jon Pierik Carlton hands out a hammering to Essendon, with a first-half that blows its rivals away.