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.

AFL

Trent Cotchin questions Richmond's commitment

Trent Cotchin leads the Tigers from the field.

Jon Pierik In a season gone wrong, Richmond captain Trent Cotchin says the Tigers have been guilty of "picking and choosing" in terms of their commitment to winning the contest.

AFL

Jack Riewoldt breathes easy after repaying faith of Tigers coach

Jack Riewoldt celebrates one of his 11 goals, a career best effort, against the Greater Western Sydney Giants.

Jon Pierik In a week where he was at odds with his coach, his club and faced being axed, Jack Riewoldt said he owed Damien Hardwick and his teammates a strong performance after booting a career-high 11 goals in...

AFL

Who will step forward?

Travis Cloke.

Jon Pierik How hard is it to find forwards of the highest quality? According to the AFL's chief statisticians, only seven clubs have them.

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Collingwood to give Tom Langdon his debut

Tom Langdon.

Michael Gleeson and Jon Pierik Collingwood is almost certain to include first-gamer Tom Langdon for the opening round.

AFL

Matthew Richardson says Tigers can beat the AFL's best teams

Fighting Fury: Trent Cotchin says the Tigers are up for the fight.

Jon Pierik Just days after bemoaning Richmond had not improved this season, club great Matthew Richardson has declared the Tigers are capable of defeating the league's elite.

AFL

Schwass: Kangaroos should approach umps

Trent Cotchin attempts to take a mark as Brent Macaffer watches keenly.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne premiership star Wayne Schwass has urged the Kangaroos to approach the AFL umpiring department with a dossier of Brent Macaffer's negating tactics as part of a bid to help quell the...

AFL

Brad Scott says Roos can handle Brent Macaffer

 Brent Macaffer

Jon Pierik Collingwood tagger Brent Macaffer has arguably had more publicity this week than through his entire career, with his exploits - and tactics - in becoming a master tagger dominating headlines.

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

Slimmed down Jack Riewoldt eyes centre half-forward

Jack Riewoldt

Jon Pierik Jack Riewoldt has dropped weight in a bid to play at centre half-forward this season.

AFL

Riewoldt stays a Tiger, Martin still unsigned

On target: Forward Jack Riewoldt is third on the AFL goalkicking table.

Jon Pierik Richmond has re-signed star forward Jack Riewoldt for a further three AFL seasons.

AFL

Dustin Martin turns down Richmond's latest offer

Dustin Martin

Jon Pierik Dustin Martin has rejected Richmond's most recent contract offer, demanding a "fair" deal be done otherwise he will consider his options.

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Football

Beware the Tigers: Voss

Michael Voss

Jon Pierik Michael Voss, one of the greatest players in AFL finals history, has declared Richmond can do some damage in its first September campaign in 12 years, providing the Tigers manage their emotions.

AFL

Cotchin is Tigers' best as awards keep coming

Richmond best and fairest winner Trent Cotchin with his partner Brooke Kennedy at Crown Palladium.

Jon Pierik and Caroline Wilson Trent Cotchin wins a second successive Jack Dyer Medal as Richmond's best and fairest.

AFL

Ablett scoops player award

Gold Coast captain Gary Ablett

Jon Pierik Gary Ablett continues to show why he remains one of the game's greatest talents.

Watson changes manager

Essendon captain Jobe Watson.

Jon Pierik Essendon captain switches management while Trent Cotchin divides his loyalty.

Riewoldt captaincy yet to be decided

No captaincy decision: St Kilda's Nick Riewoldt.

Jon Pierik Nick Riewoldt remains open to relinquishing the St Kilda captaincy as he works towards a contract extension.

The face of football

The ace: Geelong forward Tom Hawkins.

Jon Pierik Nathan Buckley believes franchising is a good way to move away from constraints.

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Tigers can end their 12-year finals drought: Cotchin

Jon Pierik Trent Cotchin says it's time for the Tigers to take their game to the 'next level'.

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

Stars should stay for ride: Cotchin

Trent Cotchin.

Jon Pierik Richmond captain hopes Dustin Martin and Jack Riewoldt re-sign and enjoy club’s ‘‘ride’’.