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.

Geelong, Port Adelaide fined $5000 for tardy paperwork

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Jon Pierik Geelong and Port Adelaide have been fined $5000 each for breaching list lodgement rules.

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Jack Steven hopes St Kilda can replicate Port Adelaide's meteoric rise

Jon Pierik Saints endured a tumultuous campaign last year, tasting victory only five times.

AFL

Travis Boak says Port Adelaide must go to a new level

No looking back: Travis Boak says Port must go to another level.

Jon Pierik It would be wrong to suggest Port Adelaide caught its rivals napping last season.

AFL

Richmond forward Jake King would be sacked at Port Adelaide, says president Koch

Port Adelaide v Kangaroos at AAMi Stadium. Port Adelaide no 1 ticket holder David Koch of Channel 7's Sunrise program sings the club song after their defeat of the Kangaroos in Adelaide. Picture by Bryan Charlton.

Jon Pierik Port Adelaide president David Koch says Port's leadership group would demand King cease his friendship with Toby Mitchell or be sacked.

AFL

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

Carlton 'mini-final' against Port Adelaide to prove players' credentials

Jon Pierik While Carlton's primary aim against Port Adelaide on Saturday will be to win, and take Essendon's spot in the finals, there is also more at stake for the Blues.

Salopek quits Port Adelaide

Jon Pierik As Steven Salopek agonised in recent weeks over whether to leave Port Adelaide to test the free-agency market, he was able to put his footballing struggles into perspective.

AFL

Swans on notice: 'Hawks a different team'

Shaun Burgoyne says the Hawks can fly high once again.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn maestro Shaun Burgoyne has warned the Swans that the Hawks will have a rejigged midfield and will be a ''different'' team when they seek recompense in Saturday night's blockbuster at the MCG.

AFL

Trent Cotchin questions Richmond's commitment

Trent Cotchin leads the Tigers from the field.

Jon Pierik In a season gone wrong, Richmond captain Trent Cotchin says the Tigers have been guilty of "picking and choosing" in terms of their commitment to winning the contest.

AFL

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...

AFL

Carlton needs obsessive players to revive glory days, says Chris Judd

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Jon Pierik While Chris Judd's playing future remains unclear, he knows exactly the type of person the Blues need if they are to again emerge as an on-field power.

AFL

Carlton's Andrew Walker out for season

Andrew Walker.

Jon Pierik and Emma Quayle Dynamic Carlton defender Andrew Walker has been ruled out for the rest of the season because of a lingering knee injury.

AFL

Bombers boss seeks answers over AFL medico claims

Paul Little says the AFL needs to explain the comments made by medical director Peter Harcourt.

Jon Pierik Essendon chairman Paul Little has urged the AFL to explain shock comments made by medical director Peter Harcourt, as Bombers coach Mark Thompson insisted his men were not facing health risks.

James Hird may face cross-examination in court

Illustration: Matt Golding

Jon Pierik James Hird could be called to give evidence and cross-examined in person in the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority court case, potentially opening the door to more information about the club's...

Waite given the all clear, but career in limbo

Jarrad Waite's three-year contract expires after this season.

Jon Pierik Dumped Carlton forward Jarrad Waite has escaped serious injury as he fights to revive his AFL career.

Dons could face player legal action

Essendon drug crisis dink.

Jon Pierik Essendon players will seriously consider taking legal action against the club should they be found guilty of taking a banned substance.

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Hawthorn to welcome back three premiership stars

Luke Hodge is over his hamstring injury.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn's injury list is set for a crucial cull, with two, and possibly three, premiership stars to return for Saturday night's clash against a surging Port Adelaide.

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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

No perfect answer to split bye rounds, says AFL

Port fans cheer on their team at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday. The AFL says attendances at the games during the three bye rounds this year are up 30,000 overall compared to the three bye rounds in 2013.

Jon Pierik The AFL says there is ‘‘no perfect answer’’ to the bye system, and will judge the latest three rounds of split matches against round 18, which will be split over two weeks.

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Battered Hawks to 'drip feed' the return of their stars

On target: Brad Sewell (centre) after kicking a goal.

Jon Pierik Hardnut midfielder Brad Sewell said the Hawks look forward to "drip feeding" several of their best players back into the side, as they prepare for a month with coach Alastair Clarkson on the...