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 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.
Jon Pierik The fitness issues of Steve Johnson, Steven Motlop and Allen Christensen and possible match review panel scrutiny of an incident involving Tom Hawkins will dominate Geelong's thinking as it seeks to...
Jon Pierik While they have been the fiercest of rivals for seven seasons, with another chapter to be played out at the MCG on Saturday night, there is also great respect between Geelong and Hawthorn.
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...
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...
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.
Alex Nicholson, Jon Pierik Lance Franklin has made a 'fantastic' impression on his new Sydney teammates.
Jon Pierik Enjoying life under a new regime, Jack Watts says is ready to play a key role in a revamped midfield.
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...
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".
Jon Pierik Dual Brownlow medallist urges grand final umpires to keep a close eye on Fremantle tagger.
Jon Pierik The manner in which AFL clubs handle concussed players could improve next season.
Jon Pierik Former Geelong captain Ben Graham says AFL should consider mandatory week off for concussed players.
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.
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.
Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper Peter Jess says it is nonsense to suggest no link between concussion and post-career problems.
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.
Jon Pierik Geelong reminds football world it remains a legitimate premiership threat.
Jon Pierik Matthew Scarlett remains one of the premier full-backs in the competition but his career could soon be over.
Jon Pierik Wayne Carey backs Geelong coach Chris Scott over criticism of umpiring interpretations.