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.

We're ready, says Little as Bombers head to court

Jon Pierik Essendon chairman Paul Little has declared his club is ready for its court battle with the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, as the anti-doping body prepares to argue there is "compelling...

Bombers could be destroyed if court case is lost, claims lawyer

Up for the fight: Suspended coach James Hird and wife Tania arrive at the Federal Court with their legal team.

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper Essendon lawyer Neil Young QC fears a Federal Court finding against the club could "effectively destroy its business" .

AFL was warned about legality of drugs probe, Bombers allege

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Jon Pierik Concerns about the legality of the joint investigation by the AFL and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority were raised within weeks of Essendon self-reporting by a lawyer who previously had...

Julia Gillard wanted quick end to Bombers saga: court documents

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Jon Pierik Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard pressured the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority to bring a quick resolution to the Essendon supplements saga, it is alleged in court documents released on...

AFL all but knew Bombers were under investigation: documents

Jon Pierik Stunning documents released in the Federal Court on Friday allege the AFL all but knew Essendon was the club being investigated by the Australian Crime Commission last year.

Dean Robinson lists 17 subpoenas in fight against Bombers, AFL

Andrew Demetriou, Tania Hird, Ian Robson, and David Evans.

Jon Pierik EXCLUSIVE: Former Essendon fitness chief Dean Robinson has handed out 17 subpoenas as part of his $2 million court case against the Bombers, with former club chairman David Evans even asked to...

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Will Evans, the son of former Essendon boss David Evans, quits Bombers just as Hird set to return

Former Essendon chairman David Evans: May give evidence.

Jon Pierik In an intriguing twist of timing, the son of former club chairman David Evans has tendered his resignation at Essendon and will leave the club just as James Hird returns from suspension.

AFL

Leaked AFL document adds to grey area in Bombers' case

The 34 current and former players issued with show-cause notices are alleged to have been administered the banned Thymosin beta 4.

Jon Pierik The murky underground battle attempting to discredit the AFL and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority continues, with a leaked affidavit of an AFL investigator suggesting there was a "joint...

AFL

Battlelines drawn as ASADA hits back at Bombers over injunction

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Jon Pierik The divide between Essendon and ASADA has exploded, with the anti-doping body accusing the Bombers of trying to stall the investigation and even break ASADA's rules.

AFL

Email questions what peptides Bombers were given before consent forms

Dean Robinson, who is seeking a $2 million payout from the Bombers, will have his third directions hearing on September 9.

Jon Pierik Essendon is confident its supplements program enforced before consent forms were introduced will not impact on the players' push to clear their names, with the Bombers adamant only legal vitamins and...

AFL

Bombers boss seeks answers over AFL medico claims

Paul Little says the AFL needs to explain the comments made by medical director Peter Harcourt.

Jon Pierik Essendon chairman Paul Little has urged the AFL to explain shock comments made by medical director Peter Harcourt, as Bombers coach Mark Thompson insisted his men were not facing health risks.

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Bombers seek special exemption on players' legal fees

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Jon Pierik The AFL would not comment on Friday night over speculation Essendon had again sought a special exemption for the legal fees of players involved in the supplements scandal to be exempt from the salary...

AFL

Bombers' court tactic may not stop cases, says ASADA boss

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Jon Pierik Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority chief Ben McDevitt believes his case against Essendon is on safe legal grounds but has warned the Bombers his brief may not fall apart even if the club is...

AFL

Dean Robinson set to subpoena Bombers in fight for pay

Conditioning guru Dean 'the Weapon' Robinson when he was with Essendon.

Jon Pierik The Essendon supplements saga is set for another revealing twist, with former fitness boss Dean Robinson, who is suing the club for more than a million dollars, to subpoena an array of prominent...

AFL

Time for Bombers to let Hird go

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Jon Pierik Another Essendon season faces potential ruin if the Hirds don't hit the silence button.

AFL

Thompson, players at odds as Bombers skid

Not happy: Mark Thompson watches the game against the Saints on Saturday.

Jon Pierik Heading into the biggest match of the home-and-away campaign, Essendon's players are at odds with coach Mark Thompson, as the Bombers' bright start to the season quickly fades.

AFL

Focus on Hird but Bombers players the real victims

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Jon Pierik Amid the allegations and consternation, the players are the forgotten party.

AFL

Bombers fined over pre-draft trials

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Jon Pierik Essendon has been fined $20,000 - half of which is suspended - for trialling players without the required paperwork ahead of last month's AFL rookie draft.

AFL

Bombers stand united and desperate for win

Jake Carlisle and Brendon Goddard during a training session at Windy Hill on Friday.

Jon Pierik Essendon adamant playing group can end month of on-field misery against fierce rival Carlton.

Bombers look for upside with Pears on track

Looking forward: Tayte Pears.

Jon Pierik Football manager Danny Corcoran says defender progressing well through demanding pre-season.