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 Winless after two rounds, St Kilda coach Scott Watters says his team is in a rebuilding mode, casting doubt on the Saints' ability to compete for the finals.
Jon Pierik St Kilda coach casts doubt on his team's ability to compete for the finals.
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 St Kilda captain says degenerative left knee injury likely to be trigger that ends his career.
Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper Nick Riewoldt fears two-tiered league unless action taken to ease equalisation concerns.
Jon Pierik AFL captains propose delaying annual start of pre-season training until January 1.
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 Jimmy Bartel has suggested a way to make it tougher to return to the field after a head knock.
Jon Pierik Here is the news St Kilda supporters have wanted to read. Lenny Hayes' preparation for the impending AFL campaign is progressing superbly.
Jon Pierik Nick Riewoldt remains open to relinquishing the St Kilda captaincy as he works towards a contract extension.
Jon Pierik Nathan Buckley believes franchising is a good way to move away from constraints.
Jon Pierik Melbourne's defeats in rounds 17, 18 and 22 to Sydney, Richmond and St Kilda respectively under scrutiny.
Jon Pierik As the 2012 season winds its way to a finish, Jon Pierik predicts the finals mix.
Jon Pierik While the focus today will be Carlton coach Brett Ratten, this match may become a farewell of another kind.
Jon Pierik St Kilda began this clash at the MCG with the zest of a team determined to remain in the finals picture.
Jon Pierik St Kilda captain tears tendon behind his right knee and is in doubt for game against Geelong.
Jon Pierik St Kilda defender James Gwilt confident team has enough scoring options to push Cats.
Jon Pierik Last night's clash between Sydney and St Kilda was always going to be about two things.
Jon Pierik Two matches during Dean Bailey's tenure, in particular, have been under the spotlight.
Jon Pierik Justin Koschitzke's off-field family has helped him deal with highs and lows of football.