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.

Melbourne Demons urged to chase Geelong star Steven Motlop

Target: Melbourne should chase Steven Motlop, according to Garry Lyon.

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.

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Demons shouldn't rush into succession plan

Paul Roos.

Jon Pierik Paul Roos needed the lure of a succession plan for him to accept the Melbourne coaching role late last season.

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Demons intrigue: Will Paul Roos stay?

Undecided: Paul Roos with his players.

Jon Pierik The intrigue over Melbourne's immediate coaching future continues, with Paul Roos yet to decide whether to remain for a third year, while questioning whether a two-year apprenticeship would be long...

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James Frawley only worth a three-year contract, say former Demons

Melbourne's James Frawley

Jon Pierik Melbourne has been urged to offer impending free agent James Frawley only a three-year deal, as the Demons' utility reveals his frustration at being the focus of contract speculation.

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Carlton's youngsters in running to debut against winless Demons

Patrick Cripps

Jon Pierik As Carlton looks to regroup ahead of Saturday's clash against fellow winless side Melbourne, the Blues will consider unveiling two of the youngsters they hope will eventually form part of their next...

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Jack Grimes says Demons must build on line-in-the-sand win

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Jon Pierik Melbourne co-captain Jack Grimes hopes a breakthrough win against Carlton was a ‘‘line-in-the-sand’’ moment for the Demons, as they take aim at the visiting Gold Coast Suns on...

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Roos signs as Demons coach but devil was in the details

Paul Roos

Jon Pierik As the AFL coaching landscape transforms, Melbourne has taken the unique step of beginning to search for its future senior coach, after pulling off a coup and signing the man who will oversee the...

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Controversial Demons pick is a priority for clubs

Jon Pierik Clubs will discuss if additional assistance should be granted to the Demons.

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Jesse Hogan's training knee injury sends scare through Demons' camp

Jesse Hogan of the Melbourne Demons.

Jon Pierik A shudder went through the Demons camp on Friday when the young forward hurt his knee at training.

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Demons' Jack Watts ready to take on elite

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Jon Pierik Enjoying life under a new regime, Jack Watts says is ready to play a key role in a revamped midfield.

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Demons to trade for star mids

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Jon Pierik and Chloe Saltau Melbourne reveals that it is open to new coach Paul Roos’ trading ethos.

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Demons look to make deal for Dawes

Chris Dawes remains a Magpie for now.

Jon Pierik Melbourne insists pick 20 will be a fair trade for Chris Dawes when it attempts to broker a deal for the Collingwood key forward.

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Demons to set battle lines

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Jon Pierik Lawyers acting on behalf of the Melbourne Football Club have confirmed they have received evidence in the tanking claims lodged against the club.

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Watts drawn into Demons tanking investigation

AFL Round 11.Melbourne v Collingwood.Melbourne's Jack Watts tackled by Collingwood's Jamie Elliott at the MCG.11 June 2012.Picture Sebastian Costanzo. The Age.

Jon Pierik MELBOURNE Football Club's selection policy, including its use of prized draft pick Jack Watts, has been heavily scrutinised by AFL investigations into the Demons' alleged tanking in 2009.

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'Difficult' season still haunts Demons board

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Jon Pierik Demons' board of 2009 insists it had no knowledge of any alleged tanking.

Demons' financial viability at risk, warns Healy

Gerard Healy

Jon Pierik MELBOURNE great Gerard Healy has hit out at AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou and the AFL Commission and fears the Demons could be left financially depleted if found guilty of tanking.

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AFL concerns about demoralised Demons

Melbourne players after their first round defeat.

Jon Pierik It's not only members and supporters of Melbourne who are worried about their team.

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From woe to go: haunting of the Demons played out in blood

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Jon Pierik The woeful start to this season meant, to use baseball parlance, three strikes and out.

Demons must develop the 'Melbourne Way': Cats

Melbourne Football Club

Jon Pierik The man instrumental in turning Geelong into a power on and off the field says the Demons must first develop a "Melbourne Way" blueprint if they are to emerge as a force in the AFL.

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Craig ponders putting up hand for Demons job

Neil Craig

Jon Pierik Having declared he was finished as a senior coach after leaving Adelaide, Neil Craig has changed tack and says he will use the next 11 weeks to decide whether he wants to apply for the Melbourne role.