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.

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

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

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

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

Future of Swans' key big men still uncertain

Shane Mumford

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.

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AFL

Swans' tall order to re-sign tall timber

Shane Mumford

Jon Pierik Sydney will head into the finals with two of its key big men still out of contract.

AFL

Tiger trail: what are Martin's options?

Richmond's Dustin Martin.

Jon Pierik If Dustin Martin does leave Richmond, what are his options?

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.

Will $1.9 million keep Goddard at St Kilda?

St Kilda's Brendon Goddard in action.

Jon Pierik Brendon Goddard must decide whether a three-year contract worth up to $1.95 million is enough to keep him at St Kilda.

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.