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.

Essendon confidential: 11 to see ASADA documents

Jon Pierik Eleven Essendon board members and senior figures will have access to confidential documents supplied by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority as part of the court case brought by the Bombers...

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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...

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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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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.

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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...

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

Illustration: Matt Golding

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...

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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...

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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...

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Time for Bombers to let Hird go

Jon Pierik

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

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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.

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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.

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Bombers finals' could hinge on court

James Hird

Jon Pierik, Emma Quayle A leading sports lawyer says Essendon could mount a case for an injunction to play in the finals should the club be stripped of premiership points in the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority...

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Bombers may face finals fight

Essendon takes the field against Hawthorn in round 18. Will the Bombers be there in September?

Jon Pierik and Emma Quayle Essendon could mount case for injunction to play in finals should it be stripped of premiership points, lawyer says.

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Bombers are sure Watson is right to take on Magpies

Jobe Watson.

Jon Pierik Essendon is 'very confident' captain Jobe Watson is physically ready for Sunday's blockbuster.

Demetriou says commission offers 'no favours' after talk of Bombers deal

Jon Pierik Andrew Demetriou has declared the AFL Commission - if required - will rule on Essendon without ''fear or favour'', as Mick Malthouse urged the league to not be ''scared'' of imparting major...

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James Hird says Bombers have a 'right' to play finals

James Hird.

Jon Pierik As the AFL prepares to make a call on charges in the Essendon supplements saga, coach James Hird maintains he is "very comfortable" about his position and insists the Bombers have a "right" to play...

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Bombers lawyers weigh up options

Bombers coach James Hird walks onto the ground after a media conference on Saturday.

Jon Pierik Lawyers begin to deliberate whether their clients will face charges.

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Embrace the pain, Bombers

Jone Watson.

Jon Pierik Leading sports psychologist Phil Jauncey urges players to embrace off-field pain.

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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.

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Focus on Hird but Bombers players the real victims

James Hird.

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