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

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.

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 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.

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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AFL

Carlton needs obsessive players to revive glory days, says Chris Judd

chris-judd

Jon Pierik While Chris Judd's playing future remains unclear, he knows exactly the type of person the Blues need if they are to again emerge as an on-field power.

AFL

Tigers, Kangaroos and Lions could have merged: Ross Oakley

Former AFL chief executive and chairman Ross Oakley.

Jon Pierik Amid the turbulence and mergers debate of football in the 1980s, former AFL chief executive and chairman Ross Oakley has spoken of the death threats he received and has revealed there were...

Melbourne hopes to retain James Frawley, despite stinging attack from club legend Garry Lyon

James Frawley of the Demons (right) tries to shrug off a tackle against the Western Bulldogs.

Jon Pierik Melbourne great Garry Lyon has launched a stinging appraisal of prospective Demons free agent James Frawley.

AFL

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse calls for respect between players and umpires

Mick Malthouse wants relations between players and umpires to be like those in rugby union.

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse says skipper Marc Murphy was disrespected by an AFL umpire, declaring relations between players and the game’s adjudicators needs major improvement.

Dons could face player legal action

Essendon drug crisis dink.

Jon Pierik Essendon players will seriously consider taking legal action against the club should they be found guilty of taking a banned substance.

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AFL

Eagles playing a 'dangerous' verbal game, says Carlton's Zach Tuohy

Zach Tuohy:

Jon Pierik Carlton defender Zach Tuohy believes the breakthrough win over the Western Bulldogs has set "set the template" for the season ahead, as the Blues look to build on this momentum against a West Coast...