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 Players are pushing for a uniform date to resume pre-season training.
Jon Pierik Demons' co-captain Jack Grimes breaks his collarbone in 10-goal loss to Blues.
Jon Pierik New AFL football operations manager Mark Evans to discuss issue with clubs.
Jon Pierik It was something special when Lance Franklin capped a dashing piece of play.
Jon Pierik Carlton key forward Jarrad Waite moves closer to an AFL return this Sunday when he resumes playing.
Jon Pierik The threat posed by a visiting marksman has Mick Malthouse concerned.
Jon Pierik Coach hasn't thought about friendship with Eddie McGuire for ''even one second''.
Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse laments his team's on-field smarts and work ethic.
Jon Pierik Carlton hopes expected return of defender will help improve its composure.
Jon Pierik AFL great suggests Mick Malthouse may have to alter his defensive game plan.
Jon Pierik New Carlton coach prepares to face his old team - and Eddie McGuire - on Sunday.
Jon Pierik Mick Malthouse says his family was bitter and even disappointed in ''humanity'' over manner in which he left Collingwood.
Jon Pierik Dynamic small forward is ruled out of Sunday's blockbuster at the MCG.
Jon Pierik The NAB Cup final may be a tip of the iceberg, but Murphy showed he is ready to lead.
Jon Pierik Michael Jamison says team refuses to use growing pains with new game plan as excuse.
Compiled by Rohan Connolly and Jon Pierik Rohan Connolly and Jon Pierik take a look at the men guiding the 18 teams in the AFL fray.
Caroline Wilson and Jon Pierik AFL refuses to link Friday night's dismal NAB Cup turn-out with negative publicity.
Jon Pierik Carlton captain Marc Murphy says a desire to restore the Blues' reputation as an on-field power burns within him and this is the year for the club to strike.
Jon Pierik If Richmond is looking for evidence it can feature this season in its first finals campaign in more than a decade, this may be it.
Jon Pierik Chris Judd reveals he wants to play on next season, and is delighted his contentious deal with Visy has been settled.