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.

James Hird standing on principle but it's time to play the team game

Jon Pierik

Jon Pierik James Hird had every right to launch Federal Court action in August. His legal team established what appeared to be sound arguments over the validity of the probe into the club's supplements program,...

McKenna sacking to have major implications for Essendon

Jon Pierik The sacking of Gold Coast Suns coach Guy McKenna could have major implications for Essendon, should Mark Thompson leave the Bombers and James Hird is dumped or forced to step down.

Can Gary Ablett and Mark Thompson work together?

Gary Ablett and Mark Thompson at the Brownlow in 2009.

Jon Pierik As caretaker Essendon coach, Mark Thompson enjoyed a great rapport with the wider football media - and public - this season through his quirky post-match press conferences.

AFL

Matthew Richardson says Tigers can beat the AFL's best teams

Fighting Fury: Trent Cotchin says the Tigers are up for the fight.

Jon Pierik Just days after bemoaning Richmond had not improved this season, club great Matthew Richardson has declared the Tigers are capable of defeating the league's elite.

AFL

Clubs 'delighted' with new teams

Tom Scully of the Giants challenges Aaron Hall of the Suns.

Jon Pierik Andrew Demetriou says rival clubs are 'absolutely delighted' with the progress of the Suns and GWS.

Shaun Higgins quits Western Bulldogs, seeks North Melbourne deal

Shaun Higgins.

Jon Pierik Western Bulldog utility Shaun Higgins has quit the club and hopes to announce his new home as early as Friday.

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AFL grand final: Jason Dunstall speech spurred Hawthorn to back-to-back flags

Jason Dunstall

Jon Pierik A pre-September motivational speech by club great Jason Dunstall helped to provide the springboard for Hawthorn's surge to back-to-back premierships.

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Hawks get the jump on cheer squad and Swans

Jon Pierik Fast footy: Secret men's business: There much debate about Hawthorn's line-up through the week, with the club's coaches, naturally, keeping their cards close to their chest.

Ben McEvoy feared he would miss selection in Hawthorn's grand final team

Ben McEvoy knows all about the disappointment of missing grand final selection.

Jon Pierik Recalled Hawthorn ruckman Ben McEvoy has revealed he feared he would run out of time to force his way back into the senior side, having been banished to the VFL since round 22.

AFL grand final 2014: Cyril Rioli says he has 'full confidence' in his hamstring

Cyril Rioli smiles for a fan snap.

Jon Pierik Joking he had been struck down by a "family curse", Hawthorn game-breaker Cyril Rioli has declared his rehabilitated hamstring is ready to handle the furnace that is an AFL grand final when he lines...

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AFL grand final 2014: Perfect preparation means nothing, insists Sydney Swans coach John Longmire

John Longmire at the AFL grand final parade press conference.

Jon Pierik The Swans may have enjoyed what could be described as the perfect run in to the grand final, but coach John Longmire has cautioned that means nothing come the first bounce on Saturday.

Newbold says Hawks planning to stay on top

They're a happy team at Hawthorn.

Jon Pierik As his club celebrated yet more premiership glory, Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold has revealed the Hawks have already begun plotting what they hope will be continued dominance through to the end...

Demetriou 'always had faith' in Essendon supplements probe

Illustration: Matt Golding

Jon Pierik With the AFL cleared of potentially hindering an anti-doping investigation, former league boss Andrew Demetriou has said he always had faith in the legality of the investigation.

ASADA to provide evidence to Essendon players

The players were not a party to the case brought by James Hird and Essendon, but agreed that the joint investigation conducted by ASADA and the AFL last year was unlawful.

Jon Pierik ASADA has suggested it is open to a deal with players prepared to come forward.

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Shaun Higgins tells teammates he is likely to leave Western Bulldogs

Shaun Higgins

Jon Pierik Western Bulldogs small forward Shaun Higgins appears to have played his last game at the club.

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Malthouse to rejoin Tigers of old

Richmond players Geoff Raines, Michael Roach (wearing a Collingwood guernsey) and Mick Malthouse after their grand final series win in 1980.

Jon Pierik Mick Malthouse is set to rejoin his former Richmond premiership teammates at the Tigers' annual get-together for the first time at the MCG on Wednesday night.

AFL rivals run out of patience with Essendon as saga drags on

Sherrin football

Jon Pierik, Michael Gleeson and Caroline Wilson Essendon has lost the support of the other 17 AFL clubs over its ongoing handling of its drugs investigation.

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Brisbane Lions hope for Paddy Ryder decision by the end of the week

Paddy Ryder has quit Essendon, and will visit Port Adelaide this week before deciding where he will play next season.

Jon Pierik The Brisbane Lions expect Paddy Ryder to make a decision by the end of the week on whether he will join the club.

Pssst: McAvaney tips Brownlow count could be the 'greatest of all time'

Gary Ablett after winning the 2013 Brownlow Medal.

Jon Pierik Bruce McAvaney says this year's Brownlow Medal count on Monday night has the potential to be the greatest of all time if Gary Ablett hangs on to win.

Bombers face a tough fight to appeal, say lawyers

Graham Smith:

Jon Pierik Essendon and James Hird could face an almost impossible task to successfully appeal their decisive loss in the Federal Court, lawyers claim.