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.

McGrath rapt with Matthews' role at Lions

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

AFL

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.

AFL

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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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.

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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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

Demon Mitch Clark retires from football

Mitch Clark

Jon Pierik Mitch Clark's AFL career is over, with the Melbourne forward retiring on Tuesday because of clinical depression.

AFL

Staging: Jarrad Waite cited, Jordan Lewis embarrassed

Jarrad Waite (left) was cited for misconduct but is free to line up in Sunday night's clash against Essendon, as it was his first offence of this kind.

Jon Pierik Players have been reminded they risk a reprimand and fines for staging, after Carlton's Jarrad Waite was cited by the match review panel.

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Dayle Garlett set to return to Hawks

Not-so-happy Hawk: Dayle Garlett.

Jon Pierik Reluctant young star takes time off in Perth while two named to make debuts against Lions.

Wayne Carey confirmed for Seven's Friday night footy

Wayne Carey

Jon Pierik Wayne Carey's return as one of the coveted voices in the AFL is gathering steam, with the former North Melbourne champion joining Channel Seven's marquee Friday-night commentary team, while Campbell...

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St Kilda's Rhys Stanley is looking forward to playing more in attack in 2014

AFL Round 3.St.Kilda v Gold Coast Suns.St.Kilda's Rhys Stanley marks ahead of Sun's Jeremy Taylor at Etihad.8th April 2012.Picture Sebastian Costanzo. The Age.

Jon Pierik Athletic Saint endured a rugged season as a defender for the whole of 2013.

AFL

Dale Thomas ruled out of Blues side

Carlton's Dale Thomas

Jon Pierik Dale Thomas will not step out for Carlton in Saturday’s NAB Challenge clash against North Melbourne due to a chest infection.

AFL

Dale Thomas to miss Carlton's first NAB Challenge game against North Melbourne with chest infection

Dale Thomas.

Jon Pierik Dale Thomas will not step out for Carlton against North Melbourne on Saturday.

AFL

Skipper Luke Hodge backs Hawthorn's no-ego ethos

Luke Hodge.

Jon Pierik Hawks will continue to preach a 'no egos' ethos and hope to again plot run to perfection in a bid to secure back-to-back premierships.

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.

Jake King free to make his own decisions: Tigers

Jake King.

Jon Pierik Richmond chief executive Brendon Gale has declared he would prefer Jake King does not mix with an outlaw bikie boss but admits it's a decision only King can make.

AFL

Carlton unlikely to change defensive game plan, says head of coaching Robert Wiley

Wiley competitor: Carlton's head of coaching, Robert Wiley, talks to players at training.

Jon Pierik Blues will hope for better disposal efficiency; 70 per cent last season meant they ranked 18th.

AFL

Leigh Matthews blasts AFL for clubs' 'ridiculous' splurges on football departments

Leigh Matthews

Jon Pierik Brisbane Lions legend believes the ''penny is dropping'' within club land.

AFL

Who will step forward?

Travis Cloke.

Jon Pierik How hard is it to find forwards of the highest quality? According to the AFL's chief statisticians, only seven clubs have them.

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