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 Carlton hopes expected return of defender will help improve its composure.
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 Dale Thomas could prove to be the Travis Cloke of the 2013 season for Collingwood.
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, Sydney As the Pies fell to a season-ending defeat against Sydney, Nick Maxwell could feel nothing but devastation as he watched on.
Jon Pierik As the Magpies look forward to a break and beginning afresh, vice-captain Scott Pendlebury believes there is no reason why they cannot again feature in the top four next season.
Jon Pierik Collingwood captain Nick Maxwell says the Magpies have created the right 'culture' to retain their uncontracted players.
Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane Hawks ruckman David Hale says team confident it has the game plan to again dislodge Pies.
Jon Pierik Collingwood coach defends skipper over alleged rough conduct on Paul Puopolo.
Jon Pierik After a season predominantly tainted by negative headlines, Travis Cloke has rediscovered his groove.
Jon Pierik Collingwood turns the spotlight on its midfielders, declaring they will need to improve their ball use and help deliver goals if the Magpies are to prevail in tonight's semi-final against West Coast.
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.
Jon Pierik Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley says it was an easy decision to make to suspend Brownlow Medallist Dayne Swan for two matches for drinking six days before a match.
Jon Pierik Alan Didak and Chris Tarrant have chance to push for a spot against Fremantle.
Jon Pierik SCANS today have revealed Carlton midfielder Kade Simpson has a fractured jaw after a nasty collision with Sharrod Wellingham, which left the Magpies' midfielder on report on Friday night.
Jon Pierik Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley acknowledges Sharrod Wellingham will be suspended.
Jon Pierik As the Travis Cloke contract saga rolls on, Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley says he does not harbour the same fears Mark Thompson had when Gary Ablett was contemplating leaving Geelong two years ago.
Jon Pierik Collingwood president Eddie McGuire says the Magpies would have nothing to hide if an AFL investigation into whether Melbourne tanked spread to other clubs.
Jake Niall and Jon Pierik Richmond says it believes Travis Cloke will stay with the Magpies.