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.

AFL

Nick Riewoldt ready for new role at St Kilda

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

Nick Riewoldt keen for players to get fair share of AFL earnings

Nick Riewoldt

Jon Pierik St Kilda's Nick Riewoldt wants players' wages linked to the health of the game, amid fears their share of the revenue will fall below the 25 per cent share they currently earn.

AFL

Thompson, players at odds as Bombers skid

Not happy: Mark Thompson watches the game against the Saints on Saturday.

Jon Pierik Heading into the biggest match of the home-and-away campaign, Essendon's players are at odds with coach Mark Thompson, as the Bombers' bright start to the season quickly fades.

AFL

Fans happy if Saints return to Junction Oval

Jon Pierik Provided the redevelopment of the Junction Oval goes ahead, and the Saints eventually march into their new digs, there will be one group of supporters particularly happy.

AFL

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.

AFL

Ricky Nixon returning to sport landscape

Ricky Nixon arrives at the Melbourne Magistrate's Court.

Jon Pierik Former AFL player agent Ricky Nixon has revealed a desire to 'climb the next mountain'.

AFL

Saints' Seaford base is geographically 'challenging' says Riewoldt

St Kilda Saints AFL media announcement at Dendy Street Beach

Jon Pierik St Kilda captain Nick Riewoldt has admitted publicly what some at the club have privately felt.

AFL

New St Kilda coach Alan Richardson has served a solid apprenticeship

Tactical: St Kilda coach Alan Richardson plans his moves on Saturday.

Jon Pierik New Saints coach Alan Richardson is one experienced rookie.

AFL

St Kilda's Rhys Stanley is looking forward to playing more in attack in 2014

AFL Round 3.St.Kilda v Gold Coast Suns.St.Kilda's Rhys Stanley marks ahead of Sun's Jeremy Taylor at Etihad.8th April 2012.Picture Sebastian Costanzo. The Age.

Jon Pierik Athletic Saint endured a rugged season as a defender for the whole of 2013.

AFL

David Armitage and Jack Steven to fill midfield void for St Kilda

St Kilda's David Armitage.

Jon Pierik St Kilda midfielder turns the spotlight on himself and fellow onballer Jack Steven.

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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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AFL

Travis Cloke not considered elite by Champion Data

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 12:  Travis Cloke of the Magpies reacts after missing a goal during the round 16 AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Adelaide Crows at Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 12, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Jon Pierik Travis Cloke may be regarded as the premier power forward in the AFL, but a deeper analysis of his game has meant he is not classified as one of the league's elite players.

AFL

US rookie Jason Holmes keen to get a start with St Kilda

Jason Holmes.

Jon Pierik Basketball convert insists he will be ready to play senior football for this season.

AFL

Milne could return for Blues clash

Stephen Milne

Jon Pierik Stephen Milne could line up against Carlton next weekend, having made a brief appearance in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday.

AFL

Milne may return to face Blues

Stephen Milne leaving court on Friday with his wife Melissa.

Jon Pierik Saints small forward makes brief appearance at Melbourne Magistrates Court.

AFL

Tigers, Blues miss All-Australian nod

Gary Ablett.

Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane Two of the eight AFL finalists have no players in the initial squad of 40.

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Talking shop

Leigh Montagna.

Jon Pierik Star St Kilda midfielder Leigh Montagna could be on his way out of the club as he weighs up the prospect of on-field success elsewhere.

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Saints reassure Watters after sacking 'joke'

St Kilda coach Scott Watters.

Jon Pierik and Michael Gleeson St Kilda forced to reassure coach his job was safe after claim by former long-serving Saints president.

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Melbourne defeats in 2009: two case studies

Melbourne's James McDonald gets ready to handball in the round 18 game against Richmond in 2009. The Demons lost by four points.

Jon Pierik Two matches during Dean Bailey's tenure, in particular, have been under the spotlight.

Saints still hanging in

Hard ball: Saints Ben McEvoy struggles for possession against Demon midfielder Brent Moloney.

Jon Pierik St Kilda began this clash at the MCG with the zest of a team determined to remain in the finals picture.