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.

Cats turn up the heat on Steve Johnson to deliver

Mercurial: Steve Johnson.

Jon Pierik Geelong coach Chris Scott has turned the spotlight on Steve Johnson to deliver a "hard but fair" performance when he returns from suspension in Thursday night's blockbuster against the Swans.

Geelong lose key backs Tom Lonergan and Corey Enright for blockbuster against Sydney

Tom Lonergan, left, has not recovered in time from concussion after two collisions with the Kangaroo's Leigh Adams, right.

Jon Pierik Geelong may have an impressive record against Sydney in recent years, but the Cats – and in particular Mark Blicavs – face an enormous challenge to handle the Swans, having left two of their best...

Geelong boss Brian Cook backs abolition of vets list

Corey Enright.

Jon Pierik While player agents may be concerned, Geelong chief executive Brian Cook does not believe the expected abolition of the veterans' allowance will have a great impact on the retention of seasoned...

AFL

Cats not ready to fall off the perch, says Bartel

Fronting up: Geelong champion Jimmy Bartel has some tips for Warrnambool West Primary pupils.

Jon Pierik Jimmy Bartel may be preparing for another significant milestone and a change of position and leadership, but the Geelong champion has declared the Cats are not ready to "fall off the perch".

AFL

Travis Cloke not considered elite by Champion Data

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 12:  Travis Cloke of the Magpies reacts after missing a goal during the round 16 AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Adelaide Crows at Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 12, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Jon Pierik Travis Cloke may be regarded as the premier power forward in the AFL, but a deeper analysis of his game has meant he is not classified as one of the league's elite players.

AFL

Buddy fantastic for Sydney Swans, says co-captain Jarrad McVeigh

Lance Buddy Franklin and Adam Goodes.

Alex Nicholson, Jon Pierik Lance Franklin has made a 'fantastic' impression on his new Sydney teammates.

AFL

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.

AFL

Ump, keep an eye on Crowley, says Diesel

Ryan Crowley spoils Sam Mitchell during the round 19 match between Fremantle and Hawthorn in Perth.

Jon Pierik Dual Brownlow medallist urges grand final umpires to keep a close eye on Fremantle tagger.

Cats backed after night in the wild West

Eagles ruckman Nic Naitanui tackles Matthew Scarlett of the Cats.

Jon Pierik Wayne Carey backs Geelong coach Chris Scott over criticism of umpiring interpretations.

Buckley backs captain Maxwell

Magpies coach Nathan Buckley heads to the rooms at half-time.

Jon Pierik Collingwood coach defends skipper over alleged rough conduct on Paul Puopolo.

Hawks can plug the gaps: Sewell

Strong start: Hawthorn fans and players celebrate after Friday night’s qualifying final win over Collingwood.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn midfielder says week off and depth of talent will have them well positioned come preliminary final.

Football

Push for new concussion measures

Kade Simpson

Jon Pierik The manner in which AFL clubs handle concussed players could improve next season.

AFL

AFL urged to follow NFL lead on knocks

Ben Graham.

Jon Pierik Former Geelong captain Ben Graham says AFL should consider mandatory week off for concussed players.

AFL

Tiger six-pack rates a mention

Sherrin dice.

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.

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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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Campaigner urges long-term view on sports brain injury

Joel Selwood

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper Peter Jess says it is nonsense to suggest no link between concussion and post-career problems.

Cats determined to stay a force: Carter

Geelong celebrate their win over Carlton

Jon Pierik Geelong president Colin Carter says the Cats are determined to remain a strong team in the next three years as the club continues to circle Travis Boak.

Scott lauds season's best display

Stretching out: Geelong’s Paul Chapman attempts to mark in front of Dustin Fletcher last night.

Jon Pierik Geelong reminds football world it remains a legitimate premiership threat.

Scarlett's end may be near

Matthew Scarlett

Jon Pierik Matthew Scarlett remains one of the premier full-backs in the competition but his career could soon be over.

AFL

Clubs stalling on 'day off' clause

AFL

Jon Pierik Stipulation that players have a set day off a week has met resistance by a handful of clubs unwilling to alter their long-held schedules.