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

Shaun Higgins named in Bulldogs team to face Fremantle

Shaun Higgins.

Jon Pierik Western Bulldog Shaun Higgins has recovered from a serious foot injury and has been named to take on Fremantle at Etihad Stadium.

AFL

Footscray Bulldogs return to Whitten Oval

Bulldogs players training at Whitten Oval earlier this year.

Jon Pierik Footscray Bulldogs will host Richmond, Northern Blues and Essendon at ground once feared by rivals.

Bulldogs sign Higgins for two more years

Top Dog: Shaun Higgins, pictured at Whitten Oval yesterday, wants a leadership role at the Western Bulldogs.

Jon Pierik Small forward determined to return to leadership group and help fast-track club's regeneration.

Top Dog: Dimattina to challenge for Bulldogs presidency

Western Bulldogs

Jon Pierik Paul Dimattina is ready to challenge David Smorgon for the presidency of the Western Bulldogs and wants to take power within weeks as part of a major reshuffle of the board.

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AFL

Bulldogs rue fixture's financial hit

Brad Scott and Brendan McCartney.

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper Battling Dogs one of five teams banished from the Friday night timeslot.

Bulldogs slip into the red

Western Bulldogs

Jon Pierik Challenging economic conditions and pre-season projections that 2012 was an on-field rebuilding year for the Western Bulldogs, have left the club posting its first net operating loss in six years.

Graham's punt on 'Bulldogs way'

Brendan McCartney

Jon Pierik Coach Brendan McCartney and his backroom staff hope it will guide club to its second premiership.

AFL

Bulldogs recruit Prismall

Brent Prismall

Jon Pierik The Western Bulldogs have appointed former Essendon and Geelong midfielder Brent Prismall as their new player well-being co-ordinator.

Bulldogs on a mission

Jon Pierik Dogs dub home clash against Collingwood as ''Mission Possible''.

Bulldogs seek more blockbusters

The Western Bulldogs are looking to avoid too many scenarios like this next season.

Jon Pierik Western Bulldogs have already begun to seriously think about their 2013 wish-list.

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Cooney returns to training track to boost Bulldogs

Dogged: Adam Cooney in training.

Jon Pierik Boost for Bulldogs with Cooney back to full training and Brian Lake due next week.

Judd to miss Bulldogs

Chris Judd

Jon Pierik Carlton captain to be rested for another week and miss Sunday's clash.

AFL

Travis Cloke still keeps defender awake at night

Brent Harvey plays Pied Piper at North’s family day.

Jon Pierik While Wayne Carey has called for Travis Cloke to be ''stronger upstairs'', the Collingwood forward's likely opponent on Saturday says he was unlikely to have a relaxing sleep heading into the...

AFL

Kangaroos: We want the Blues on Good Friday

Carlton and North Melbourne players at the Royal Children's Hospital for the Good Friday Appeal.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne chairman James Brayshaw insists his club deserves to launch Good Friday football and says Carlton is the Kangaroos' preferred opponent.

AFL

Fevola unloads on Blues and Thomas

Brendan Fevola.

Jon Pierik Appearing to still be bitter at his former club, Brendan Fevola has criticised Carlton for recruiting Dale Thomas, losing Eddie Betts and has even questioned the value of the Chris Judd trade.

AFL

Carlton can challenge top-four sides in two years, says coach Mick Malthouse

Mick Malthouse

Jon Pierik Mick Malthouse will join the legendary John Kennedy snr as the fourth-oldest man to coach an AFL team when Carlton tackles the Western Bulldogs on Sunday.

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.

Blues lament pokie king's criticism, urge all club members to stick together

Carlton president Stephen Kernahan.

Jon Pierik Bruce Mathieson may be a billionaire pokies king and a Carlton powerbroker, but Carlton president Stephen Kernahan and captain Marc Murphy made it clear on Monday they were tired of his criticism of...

AFL

AFL to trial the name game

Number's up for AFL players.

Jon Pierik What's in a name? Well, the AFL will find out this weekend when all players have their names printed above their jumper number in a league first.

AFL

Blues in disarray after shock loss

Mick Malthouse.

Jon Pierik Carlton is in crisis after slumping to its fourth straight loss and worst start to the season since 1989, the year coach Robert Walls was sacked.