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 Melbourne forward Mitch Clark has been granted indefinite leave from the club to deal with his personal health.
Jon Pierik Mitch Clark's AFL career is over, with the Melbourne forward retiring on Tuesday because of clinical depression.
Jon Pierik Melbourne great Garry Lyon has launched a stinging appraisal of prospective Demons free agent James Frawley.
Jon Pierik Melbourne elects Nathan Jones to partner incumbent Jack Grimes as joint skipper.
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 Carlton champion Chris Judd will miss at least the opening two rounds after he undergos surgery.
Jon Pierik Melbourne coach tells his players they will be moved on unless there is improvement on the field.
Jon Pierik A shudder went through the Demons camp on Friday when the young forward hurt his knee at training.
Jon Pierik The Swans will head into the finals with two of their key big men still off contract. Ruckman Shane Mumford and forward Jesse White have yet to broker new deals, although discussions have begun.
Jake Niall and Jon Pierik Richmond says it believes Travis Cloke will stay with the Magpies.
Jon Pierik Demons will target a key forward during trade period and are the best-placed club to snare Travis Cloke.
Jon Pierik Melbourne vows to be major player during trade and free agency periods and calls on supporters to help.
Jon Pierik Nathan Buckley believes franchising is a good way to move away from constraints.
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.
Jon Pierik Melbourne co-captain Jack Grimes says midfielder Colin Sylvia has the ability to be 'almost unstoppable'.
Jon Pierik Bulldogs midfielder expected to be discharged from hospital on Sunday.
Jon Pierik Demons' president Don McLardy laments there's no ''miracle'' cure for the club's woes.
Jon Pierik New Melbourne president says this year's campaign about regaining lost credibility.
Jon Pierik Melbourne coach Mark Neeld wastes little time enforcing his no-nonsense style.
Jon Pierik Jack Grimes avoids what initially was feared as season-ending shoulder injury.