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 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.
Jon Pierik Former Geelong president Frank Costa fears AFL morphing into soccer's English Premier League.
Jon Pierik Demons' co-captain Jack Grimes breaks his collarbone in 10-goal loss to Blues.
Jon Pierik Port Adelaide is stirring things up both on the field and off.
Jon Pierik Brilliant small forward hurt in bruising three-point win against North Melbourne.
Jon Pierik Port Adelaide president says boards can no longer be run by the ''old boys' network''.
Jon Pierik Matthew Pavlich is determined to finish what he started at Fremantle.
Jon Pierik It's not only members and supporters of Melbourne who are worried about their team.
Jon Pierik Demons' president Don McLardy laments there's no ''miracle'' cure for the club's woes.
Compiled by Rohan Connolly and Jon Pierik Rohan Connolly and Jon Pierik take a look at the men guiding the 18 teams in the AFL fray.
Jon Pierik Players label disparity in spending between power and smaller clubs as ''emerging industrial issue''.
Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper Nick Riewoldt fears two-tiered league unless action taken to ease equalisation concerns.
Jon Pierik and Caroline Wilson In-season mini-draft, ban on top clubs poaching free agents and possible sale of AFL logo on front of player jumpers options discussed in bid to ease gap between AFL's rich and poor.
Jon Pierik Melbourne co-captain Jack Grimes says midfielder Colin Sylvia has the ability to be 'almost unstoppable'.
Jon Pierik Bulldogs midfielder expected to be discharged from hospital on Sunday.
Jon Pierik AFL's fight to strengthen integrity measures hits a hurdle.
Jon Pierik Jimmy Bartel says the AFL would be better off employing more integrity officers rather than having responsibility fall on clubs.
Jon Pierik St Kilda president Greg Westaway says it's time to give all clubs a financial ''fair go''.
Jon Pierik If Richmond is looking for evidence it can feature this season in its first finals campaign in more than a decade, this may be it.
Jon Pierik Heavier penalties for clubs who are late to move into position after intervals.