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.

Former St Kilda tagger Clint Jones hopes to extend AFL career

'Obviously, I still want to keep playing' says Clint Jones.

Jon Pierik Former St Kilda midfielder Clint Jones says he is ready to reinvigorate his AFL career.

Consider Etihad Stadium for a Kangaroos final, says coach Brad Scott

Drew Petrie and Brad Scott after the round 22 win over the Crows on Saturday.

Jon Pierik While North Melbourne understands its elimination final will be held at the MCG, coach Brad Scott has argued there would be merit in staging it at the Kangaroos' home ground - Etihad Stadium.

AFL

Demons shouldn't rush into succession plan

Paul Roos.

Jon Pierik Paul Roos needed the lure of a succession plan for him to accept the Melbourne coaching role late last season.

AFL to fine-tune tribunal system so low-grade offences don't lead to suspensions

A clearly relieved Steve Johnson speaks to the media after his tribunal hearing on Tuesday.

Caroline Wilson and Jon Pierik Low-grade reportable incidents such as Steve Johnson's kneeing of Scott Thompson would result in a fine and not a suspension under a proposed new AFL judicial system to be put forward to the 18 club...

AFL

Dockers ready for secret midfield business

Winning formula: Aaron Sandilands boasts a league-high 75.8 winning percentage in contests this season.

Jon Pierik Fremantle captain Matthew Pavlich is confident Dockers ruckman Aaron Sandilands and his midfielders will be able to negate any surprise Hawthorn tactic in Friday night's grand-final replay, with the...

AFL

Dockers' runner escapes punishment for 'bad day'

Fremantle Dockers

Jon Pierik Fremantle runner Shaun Tinsley has escaped censure, with the AFL attributing his disruptive positioning in Saturday night's clash against Geelong to simply having a 'bad day'.

AFL

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.

AFL

Dal Santo looks for a major change

Nick Dal Santo

Jon Pierik Free-agent recruit reveals a desire to become more of a goal-kicking option next season.

AFL

Blues' Ed Curnow emerges as AFL's No. 2 tagger

Ryan Crowley confronts Hawthorn's Sam Mitchell during the 2013 grand final.

Jon Pierik The hard-working Curnow won 15 of his 18 match-ups last season.

AFL

Malcolm Blight pumps up Hawthorn's Ben McEvoy deal

Malcolm Blight

Jon Pierik Dual-premiership coach says the Hawks could win the flag again with Ben McEvoy.

AFL

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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AFL

Nick Riewoldt ready for new role at St Kilda

Nick Riewoldt (centre) with former player Justin Koschitzke (right).

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.

Nathan Buckley faces Collingwood injury concerns, and Tony Shaw comments

Collingwood captains, clockwise from back: Nick Maxwell, Scott Pendlebury, Nathan Buckley, Scott Burns, Tony Shaw, Peter Moore, Max Richardson, Des Tuddenham, Terry Waters.

Jon Pierik Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley says the main training session on Wednesday will be crucial in determining whether key talls Ben Reid and Jesse White line up in the season opener Fremantle on Friday...

AFL

Tony Shaw questions Nathan Buckley's contract extension

Nathan Buckley

Jon Pierik Collingwood legend Tony Shaw has questioned why the Magpies have given coach Nathan Buckley a two-year extension, declaring it would have been more prudent to hand him a one-year deal.

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Wayne Carey accuses Collingwood of playing 'bruise-free' football

Collingwood v Fremantle AFL round 1 Etihad Stadium , Michael Walters kicks a goal despite pressure from Tom Langdon
Photo Pat Scala The Age
Friday the 14th of March 2014

Jon Pierik AFL legend Wayne Carey has accused Collingwood of playing ''bruise-free'' football against Fremantle on Friday night.

AFL

Lyon expecting a rugged encounter, but no thuggery

Dockers coach Ross Lyon

Jon Pierik Fremantle coach Ross Lyon says thuggery is no longer a part of AFL grand finals.

Football

We must lift against the elite: Hayes

Jon Pierik Veteran playmaker says the Saints will have the game to compete against any rival in 2013.

AFL coaches: the class of 2013

AFL coaches.

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.

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Family man of steel keeps the faith

Matthew Pavlich

Jon Pierik Matthew Pavlich is determined to finish what he started at Fremantle.

AFL

Saints in rebuilding mode, says Watters

Saints coach Scott Watters

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.

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