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.


Paul Roos sticks to his game plan

Jon Pierik Melbourne coach tells his players they will be moved on unless there is improvement on the field.


New coach Paul Roos springs to the Dees' defence

Defensive focus: Paul Roos watches training.

Jon Pierik Paul Roos has already made it clear what he expects of his players in terms of defence.


Paul Roos signed as Melbourne coach for two seasons

Paul Roos signs to coach Demons.

Jon Pierik Melbourne has completed a coaching coup, with Paul Roos to lead the club for at least the next two seasons.


Jack Grimes says Demons must build on line-in-the-sand win

Jack Grimes:

Jon Pierik Melbourne co-captain Jack Grimes hopes a breakthrough win against Carlton was a ‘‘line-in-the-sand’’ moment for the Demons, as they take aim at the visiting Gold Coast Suns on...


Blues in disarray after shock loss

Mick Malthouse.

Jon Pierik Carlton is in crisis after slumping to its fourth straight loss and worst start to the season since 1989, the year coach Robert Walls was sacked.

Blues in crisis but Malthouse backs himself

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse


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.


Sprint puts spring in Demon Bernie Vince's game

Bernie Vince.

Jon Pierik For players, the NAB Challenge is about building fitness and finding some touch before the season proper.

Wayne Carey confirmed for Seven's Friday night footy

Wayne Carey

Jon Pierik Wayne Carey's return as one of the coveted voices in the AFL is gathering steam, with the former North Melbourne champion joining Channel Seven's marquee Friday-night commentary team, while Campbell...

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Jack Grimes and Nathan Jones to co-captain Melbourne

Nathan Jones and Jack Grimes aim to help the Demons deliver this season.

Jon Pierik Melbourne elects Nathan Jones to partner incumbent Jack Grimes as joint skipper.

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AFL coaches: who is under most pressure?

Gold Coast Suns coach Guy Mckenna.

Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane Which coach will feel the heat most from club and supporters this season?

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Loyal Boak signs four-year Port deal

Travis Boak.

Jon Pierik Port Adelaide captain Travis Boak has all but ensured he will be a one-club player after signing a four-year contract extension.


Wayne Carey the front-runner for key roles on Fox Footy and Seven

Wayne Carey

Jon Pierik and Patrick Bartley Former North Melbourne great emerges as favourite to claim two high-profile roles next season.


Jesse Hogan's training knee injury sends scare through Demons' camp

Jesse Hogan of the Melbourne Demons.

Jon Pierik A shudder went through the Demons camp on Friday when the young forward hurt his knee at training.


Demons' Jack Watts ready to take on elite

jack watts.

Jon Pierik Enjoying life under a new regime, Jack Watts says is ready to play a key role in a revamped midfield.


Melbourne star Nathan Jones is confident the new-look Dees will improve

Melbourne's Nathan Jones.

Jon Pierik Midfielder confident revamped training program will help Demons rebound this season.


Former state treasurer linked to Demons

Alan Stockdale.

Jon Pierik Alan Stockdale emerges as one of three serious candidates to take on Melbourne presidency.


Matthews still 'feels sick' over 2004 preliminary final

Leigh Matthews in 2004.

Jon Pierik AFL great Leigh Matthews has revealed he 'always feels sick' when he thinks about the culmination of the 2004 season when he was coaching the Brisbane Lions.


Matthews charge 'still mystery'

Television grab of Hawthorn captain Leigh Matthews breaking Neville Bruns' jaw.

Jon Pierik AFL legend Leigh Matthews says he remains baffled why he was charged by police.

Collingwood the final round fixture loser

Coach Nathan Buckley addressing his players.

Jon Pierik Collingwood will hope its potential elimination final on the first weekend of the finals will be held on a Sunday.

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