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.

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Greg Swann favourite to become Lions' boss

Jon Pierik Former Carlton chief executive Greg Swann remains the favourite to become the Brisbane Lions' new chief executive, with formal presentations expected to begin within days.

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Tigers, Kangaroos and Lions could have merged: Ross Oakley

Former AFL chief executive and chairman Ross Oakley.

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...

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Brent Moloney opens contract talks with Lions

Brent Moloney.

Jon Pierik Hardnut midfielder Brent Moloney has opened contract negotations with the Brisbane Lions, but a move home to a Melbourne-based club has not been ruled out.

McGrath rapt with Matthews' role at Lions

Ashley McGrath

Jon Pierik Brisbane defender Ashley McGrath looking forward to Leigh Matthews restoring the "old culture".

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Roos unlikely to be at Lions: Matthews

Leigh Matthews  at Seven studios for The Drugs in Footy Summit.

Jon Pierik Board challenger says Brisbane has next to no chance of securing Paul Roos.

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Moloney to join Lions

Future unclear: Brent Moloney.

Jon Pierik Melbourne's Brent Moloney will play for Brisbane next season, pending a medical examination, under the free agency rules.

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Unbeaten Cats cool but as good as Hawks or Lions?

Geelong celebrates

Jon Pierik Debate over just where modern-day Geelong side rates in history begins again.

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Lions to look to cubs with Fevola-free cap

Former AFL star Brendan Fevola.

Jon Pierik THE Brisbane Lions will finally shed Brendan Fevola's exorbitant wage this year and expect to have salary-cap room to retain their young players and possibly join in bidding for free agents.

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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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Blues finish strongly to upset Kangaroos

Carlton's Marc Murphy gathers the ball as Levi Greenwood approaches.

Jon Pierik For those who wondered whether Mick Malthouse would find a reason to crack a smile this week, the answer came quickly.

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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...

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Are the Hawks better without Cyril Rioli?

Cyril Rioli stretches for the ball and injures his hamstring against Gold Coast on Saturday.

Jon Pierik Cyril Rioli may be regarded as one of the AFL's premier match-winners, but Hawthorn can take comfort against North Melbourne on Friday night knowing its record without the speedy forward is...

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Player congestion an issue even in 1987, reveals Ross Oakley

A multitude of players gather around the ball during a game between Carlton and Adelaide in 2012.

Jon Pierik For those who think the issue of rolling mauls and on-field congestion is something relatively new, or the result of modern trends in coaching, think again.

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Carlton's issues run deeper than poor skills

Jon Pierik

Jon Pierik Relatively content after a fortnight of encouraging performances, but not wins, against Geelong and Hawthorn, Mick Malthouse declared on Friday the Blues were playing their best football in the 18...

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Eddie McGuire blames ugly football on too many 'spuds'

Some untalented potatoes on Saturday.

Jon Pierik Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has blamed what appears to be an increasing amount of ugly football on clubs having too many untalented "spuds" because of the draft concessions given to expansion...

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Warwick Capper's life with bad-news Bears

Warwick Capper in 1990.

Jon Pierik It's a laugh a minute when Warwick Capper recalls his three tumultuous years as a Brisbane Bear but it's clear there are also pangs of regret for the one-time glamour full-forward.

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Geelong interested if Cameron Ling wants to join coaching ranks

Geelong logo.

Jon Pierik Geelong is likely to join the hunt for Cameron Ling's services should their triple premiership star decide he wants to become an assistant coach next season.

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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.

Cats turn up the heat on Steve Johnson to deliver

Mercurial: Steve Johnson.

Jon Pierik Geelong coach Chris Scott has turned the spotlight on Steve Johnson to deliver a "hard but fair" performance when he returns from suspension in Thursday night's blockbuster against the Swans.

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Geelong hopeful Corey Enright and Tom Lonergan will return from injury to face Carlton

Corey Enright, seen here celebrating a goal against the Kangaroos in round 10, is expected to be fit to face Carlton.

Jon Pierik Geelong is hopeful defenders Tom Lonergan and Corey Enright will resume against Carlton on Friday night, while Allen Christensen is set to make his comeback after a pre-season marred by hip and back...