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 Having banished Essendon with a stunning second-half resurgence, North Melbourne heads into Friday night's qualifying final against Geelong knowing it has the ability to also out-run the Cats.
Jon Pierik North Melbourne defender Lachie Hansen says Jarrad Waite would be welcome at Arden St if he decided to leave Carlton.
Jon Pierik While North Melbourne understands its elimination final will be held at the MCG, coach Brad Scott has argued there would be merit in staging it at the Kangaroos' home ground - Etihad Stadium.
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...
Jon Pierik Amid the turbulence and mergers debate of football in the 1980s, former AFL chief executive and chairman Ross Oakley has spoken of the death threats he received and has revealed there were...
Jon Pierik As he sat with the green vest on for almost three quarters against Carlton a fortnight ago, Jack Ziebell developed somewhat of a new perspective on the game.
Jon Pierik For those who wondered whether Mick Malthouse would find a reason to crack a smile this week, the answer came quickly.
Jon Pierik There is something about the history between the Blues and Kangaroos which long-time observers believe deserves greater credence
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.
Jon Pierik North Melbourne chairman James Brayshaw has labelled the 39-point loss to Essendon as the club’s worst defeat in the Brad Scott-era and has demanded a ‘‘strong...
Jon Pierik North Melbourne premiership star Wayne Schwass has urged the Kangaroos to approach the AFL umpiring department with a dossier of Brent Macaffer's negating tactics as part of a bid to help quell the...
Jon Pierik North Melbourne chairman James Brayshaw insists his club deserves to launch Good Friday football and says Carlton is the Kangaroos' preferred opponent.
Jon Pierik North Melbourne veteran hopeful the StKilda midfielder would change clubs.
Jon Pierik Geelong president Colin Carter is hopeful Brian Cook will remain as chief executive.
Jon Pierik Carl Dilena, the former North Melbourne player and current board member, has taken over as the Kangaroos' chief executive officer.
Jon Pierik Kangaroos have every right to think four years of rebuilding will be rewarded.
Jon Pierik The AFL Players Association has labelled the tribunal system as unfair and says North Melbourne star Brent Harvey would not have been hauled before the judiciary under its alternate plan.
Jon Pierik North Melbourne veteran Brent Harvey faces an anxious wait, with opinion divided over whether he faces suspension from Friday night's preliminary final against the Sydney Swans.
Jon Pierik Finals questions about the North Melbourne-Essendon clash.
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...