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.


Michael Hurley says he feels 'at home' in defence

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


Jason Winderlich impresses in Essendon pre-season

Jason Winderlich.

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.


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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Bombers are sure Watson is right to take on Magpies

Jobe Watson.

Jon Pierik Essendon is 'very confident' captain Jobe Watson is physically ready for Sunday's blockbuster.


Embrace the pain, Bombers

Jone Watson.

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

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Bombers stand united and desperate for win

Jake Carlisle and Brendon Goddard during a training session at Windy Hill on Friday.

Jon Pierik Essendon adamant playing group can end month of on-field misery against fierce rival Carlton.


Training was bad ... and so was the match: Hird

On the slide: Bomber skipper Jobe Watson leads his men off the ground.

Jon Pierik Essendon coach left to lament his team's lack of intensity in a bruising clash.


In from the cold?

Time has come: The Bombers may be ready to unleash Joe Daniher (right).

Jon Pierik Bombers admit they need to improve their efficiency inside attacking 50.

Malthouse laments one that got away

Mick Malthouse

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...

Bombers on sharp, painful learning curve

James Hird after the loss to Geelong.

Jon Pierik Coach says Bombers will understand progress made this season after next fortnight.

Dons look to Hurley for forward fix

Michael Hurley

Jon Pierik Essendon confident Michael Hurley will return to battle this weekend.

Got 'em

Essendon v Carlton

Jon Pierik Carlton hands out a hammering to Essendon, with a first-half that blows its rivals away.

The face of football

The ace: Geelong forward Tom Hawkins.

Jon Pierik Nathan Buckley believes franchising is a good way to move away from constraints.

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Players manage to hold their own in the bubble

Our hero: Essendon players celebrate with coach James Hird after the stirring win on Friday night.

Jon Pierik Throughout the supplements saga of recent months, Essendon has remained focused.

Drugs in AFL

Hird upbeat about upcoming ASADA, AFL talks

James Hird celebrates with his team after the win against Fremantle.

Jon Pierik Essendon coach adamant he will be in a "very, very good position" when he speaks to authorities in the supplements investigation.

Hurley hopeful, but Varcoe out

Cats star Travis Varcoe.

Jon Pierik Essendon remains hopeful Michael Hurley's wrist injury is not as bad as first feared.


Season is over for injured Bulldog Higgins

Shaun Higgins.

Jon Pierik Western Bulldogs forward Shaun Higgins will miss the rest of the season with a foot injury.

Bombers rally in bid to beat Pies hoodoo

David Zaharakis celebrates his first goal in AFL that gave the Bombers victory on Anzac Day 2009, the team's last win over Collingwood.

Jon Pierik Unbeaten Bombers seek to snap string of five straight thumpings by Collingwood.


Ablett knee adds to horror list of injuries

Hop it: Gary Ablett is helped from the ground.

Jon Pierik Scott Pendlebury emerges as Brownlow favourite after injury to Suns captain.

Lloyd says Dons not far from flag contention

Battered Bomber: Injured forward Stewart Crameri, left, and coach James Hird at training yesterday.

Jon Pierik Essendon champion says team one blue-chip midfielder short of truly competing.