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

Paul Seedsman agrees Magpies' clash with Crows the 'most important of year'

Paul Seedsman.

Jon Pierik Emerging Collingwood defender Paul Seedsman says the Magpies will attack Sunday's crunch clash against Adelaide as if it was a final.

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.

Malthouse wary of Crows forward

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

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Chief backs Crows' move

AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou.

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

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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Travis Cloke questions umpiring consistency

''We are getting somewhere'': Travis Cloke.

Jon Pierik Travis Cloke says Collingwood's on-field leaders need to take a stronger stance but has warned the Magpies' detractors not to "wipe us off" as the club fights to make the finals.

Seedsman ready to shape his own Collingwood destiny

Above the rest: developing backman Paul Seedsman.

Jon Pierik Upon recently announcing his career was over, Maxwell took developing backman Paul Seedsman aside and said he would still be happy to critique his game.

AFL

Skipper Swallow questions Kangaroos' attitude after loss to Carlton

Doubts: Andrew Swallow (left) and Ryan Bastinac.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne captain Andrew Swallow has questioned his team's attitude and has implored his men to get into the face of opponents after the Kangaroos' top-four hopes were jolted by an unexpected...

AFL

Dank could have answered the one burning question

Jon Pierik

Jon Pierik If there was one question Stephen Dank could have answered during his radio interview with friend, and former Adelaide Crows coach Graham Cornes, on Tuesday night, it was this.

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Re-signed Chris Yarran wants Carlton united against Collingwood

Carlton's Chris Yarran has re-signed until the end of 2016.

Jon Pierik Having re-signed for a further two years, Carlton playmaker Chris Yarran says his team needs to make a statement against Collingwood on Sunday night, and has urged the Blues to embrace more of a team...

AFL

Essendon players in a 'grieving' process, says Thompson

Mark Thompson.

Jon Pierik Essendon coach Mark Thompson says his players have a "grieving" mentality, as the Bombers attempt to focus on Saturday night's clash against the Adelaide Crows.

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Hawks hope to silence the 'Portress'

Home-ground advantage: Port’s crowd has been another weapon for the AFL’s top team this season.

Jon Pierik While Hawthorn's focus will be on subduing Port Adelaide's players in Saturday night's top-of-the-table blockbuster at the Adelaide Oval, the Hawks know by doing that will also silence another Power...

AFL

Better ball use turns the Blues into winners

Gibbs

Jon Pierik There are many statistics and advanced metrics teams can turn to these days to justify about anything on the football field.

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Kangaroos pushing for third game in Hobart

Carl Dilena.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne will step up its bid to have a third home game in Hobart when it meets with Tasmanian officials in June.

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

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.