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.
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.
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.
Jon Pierik Western Bulldog Shaun Higgins has recovered from a serious foot injury and has been named to take on Fremantle at Etihad Stadium.
Jon Pierik Footscray Bulldogs will host Richmond, Northern Blues and Essendon at ground once feared by rivals.
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.
Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper Battling Dogs one of five teams banished from the Friday night timeslot.
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.
Jon Pierik Coach Brendan McCartney and his backroom staff hope it will guide club to its second premiership.
Jon Pierik The Western Bulldogs have appointed former Essendon and Geelong midfielder Brent Prismall as their new player well-being co-ordinator.
Jon Pierik Jason Akermanis says he welcomes an official investigation after being at the centre of a complaint for breaching the AFL Victoria cyber safety policy.
Jon Pierik Small forward determined to return to leadership group and help fast-track club's regeneration.
Jon Pierik Boost for Bulldogs with Cooney back to full training and Brian Lake due next week.
Jon Pierik Carlton captain to be rested for another week and miss Sunday's clash.
Jon Pierik Dogs dub home clash against Collingwood as ''Mission Possible''.
Jon Pierik Western Bulldogs have already begun to seriously think about their 2013 wish-list.
Jon Pierik As St Kilda takes the formative steps in its rebuild, skipper Nick Riewoldt admits free agency has not been kind to the Saints and hopes equalisation will help give all clubs a greater chance to lure...
Jon Pierik Melbourne has been urged to submit a bold bid for Geelong star Steven Motlop, as out-of-favour Western Bulldog Shaun Higgins continues to emerge as a key off-season target of rival clubs.
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.
Jon Pierik Melbourne great Garry Lyon has launched a stinging appraisal of prospective Demons free agent James Frawley.
Jon Pierik There are many statistics and advanced metrics teams can turn to these days to justify about anything on the football field.