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.

Malthouse wary of Crows forward

Jon Pierik The threat posed by a visiting marksman has Mick Malthouse concerned.

Crows focus on Franklin ahead of Hawks final

Lance Franklin

Ashley Porter and Jon Pierik Buoyed by their semi-final win, the Crows are focussing on taming Lance Franklin, reinvigorating forward Kurt Tippett and reinventing their backline.

Wounded Crows have hole to fill

Sam Shaw

Ashley Porter, Jon Pierik Adelaide, buoyed by its semi-final win over Fremantle on Friday night, has quickly turned its attention to taming Lance Franklin, reinvigorating its own forward Kurt Tippett and reinventing its back...

Crows throw support behind under-fire Trigg to keep top job

Emma Quayle, Jon Pierik ADELAIDE have backed chief executive Steven Trigg's claim that he verbally cancelled a written agreement to trade Kurt Tippett to the club of his choice three years ago.

Crows back Trigg, plan for a return

Adelaide Crows CEO Steven Trigg.

Emma Quayle and Jon Pierik Adelaide Crows chief executive and football operations manager avoid the axe.

AFL

Throwback from Eagles to Crows

Eagle Scott Selwood

Jon Pierik AFL website highlights several dubious disposals by hand by Eagles' players.

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AFL

Chief backs Crows' move

AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou.

Jon Pierik AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou denies orchestrating Matt Rendell's resignation.

AFL

Port Adelaide turning into a power with 50,000 members

Port Adelaide fans at the round three game against North Melbourne.

Jon Pierik As it prepares to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its breakthrough premiership, Port Adelaide has emerged as a good example of a club prepared to diligently work to close the divide between the...

AFL

Matthew Lloyd reckons Bryce Gibbs not worth $700,000

Carlton's Bryce Gibbs is tackled by Ben Griffiths of RIchmond during Thursday's match.

Jon Pierik Essendon great Matthew Lloyd says Bryce Gibbs is not in the class of a Patrick Dangerfield or Joel Selwood, as Carlton confirmed its board of directors would will not make a pitch to the talented...

AFL

Cats not ready to fall off the perch, says Bartel

Fronting up: Geelong champion Jimmy Bartel has some tips for Warrnambool West Primary pupils.

Jon Pierik Jimmy Bartel may be preparing for another significant milestone and a change of position and leadership, but the Geelong champion has declared the Cats are not ready to "fall off the perch".

AFL

The back-to-back blueprint

Brisbane Lions captain Michael Voss

Jon Pierik How AFL premiers can join the short list of those who followed up with another flag.

AFL

Chris Judd will play more pre-season games

Jon Pierik Carlton will ramp up Chris Judd's game time through the NAB Challenge in a bid to have him physically hardened for round one.

AFL

AFL coaches: who is under most pressure?

Gold Coast Suns coach Guy Mckenna.

Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane Which coach will feel the heat most from club and supporters this season?

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AFL

Steven Trigg says no to Saints

Steven Trigg

Jon Pierik St Kilda's search for a new chief continues, with Adelaide boss Steven Trigg informing the Saints he won't join the club.

AFL

Dale Thomas to debut for Carlton against Adelaide in NAB Challenge

Dale Thomas.

Jon Pierik Former Magpie set to play his first game for Blues after missing opener due to chest infection.

AFL

Former Melbourne coach Dean Bailey undergoes chemotherapy

Dean Bailey.

Jon Pierik Former Melbourne coach begins chemotherapy, after he was diagnosed last month.

AFL

Big plans for Greater Western Sydney's trio of Giants

Tom Boyd

Jon Pierik Tom Boyd confident he and fellow talls can work as a multi-pronged set-up.

International Rules

Shaun Edwards looks towards familiar surrounds to restart career at Essendon

Shaun Edwards

Jon Pierik Greater Western Sydney youngster Shaun Edwards was the centre of a bidding war between Esssendon and Adelaide but chose to return to the familiar surrounds of Melbourne.

AFL

Fans expect points to be lost: Watson

Tim Watson

Matt Murnane and Jon Pierik But the AFL maintains it's too early to declare any punishment.

AFL

Betts denies Malthouse rift

Eddie Betts

Jon Pierik Carlton small forward says decision to quit and join Adelaide Crows was family oriented.