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

Affordability is the key issue for Gillon McLachlan, says Bulldogs boss Peter Gordon

Jon Pierik Peter Gordon has urged new AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan to 'radically review' policies of affordability when he officially begins in the top job.

AFL

Shaun Higgins opens contract talks with Western Bulldogs

Shaun Higgins is likely to want a two or three-year contract extension.

Jon Pierik Shaun Higgins has opened informal contract discussions with the Western Bulldogs, with the clever utility enjoying a strong season and banishing the frustration of an injury-hit 2013.

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.

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

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 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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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.

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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Former St Kilda tagger Clint Jones hopes to extend AFL career

'Obviously, I still want to keep playing' says Clint Jones.

Jon Pierik Former St Kilda midfielder Clint Jones says he is ready to reinvigorate his AFL career.

Brent Harvey should not have been at tribunal, says AFL Players Association

Ian Prendergast says it is wrong if every head clash is penalised.

Jon Pierik The AFL Players Association has labelled the tribunal system as unfair and says North Melbourne star Brent Harvey would not have been hauled before the judiciary under its alternate plan.

Shaun Higgins still weighing up his future at Whitten Oval

Restricted free agent: Shaun Higgins.

Jon Pierik Western Bulldogs utility Shaun Higgins has reopened contract negotiations, but has yet to decide whether he will remain at the club.

Training loads to increase, vows Collingwood fitness boss

More running ahead: Collingwood fitness boss Bill Davoren has vowed to increase the club's training load.

Jon Pierik Collingwood fitness chief Bill Davoren vows to increase players' training loads for a second straight season and says that despite perceptions, injury numbers fell this season.

Blood profiling shows benefits of home training for Magpies

Collingwood fitness chief Bill Davoren.

Jon Pierik Collingwood fitness chief Bill Davoren has revealed blood profiling of his players during the heat of a Melbourne summer found training at home provided similar results to the more expensive option...

McGuire hopes Mick Malthouse chooses Collingwood clash for games record milestone

Collingwood president Eddie Mcguire.

Jon Pierik Collingwood president Eddie McGuire hopes Mick Malthouse makes the call to notch his record-breaking 715th match as a VFL-AFL coach next season against the Magpies, ensuring the AFL of one of its...