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.

AFL

Nick Riewoldt ready for new role at St Kilda

Jon Pierik As St Kilda prepares for what many expect will be a bruising rebuild, captain Nick Riewoldt says his leadership will be more important than ever.

Jack Billings no certainty to make St Kilda debut

New Saint Jack Billings

Jon Pierik St Kilda’s top draft pick Jack Billings will use Saturday’s VFL practice match to push his claims for a senior debut, but the Saints have adopted a cautious approach with the talented...

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St Kilda rookie Eli Templeton elevated to senior list

Eli Templeton has replaced Lewis Pierce on the primary list.

Jon Pierik St Kilda could unveil a possible new cult hero in round one, with Eli Templeton elevated to the senior list.

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St Kilda vows to win AFL premiership by 2020

St Kilda.

Jon Pierik As St Kilda continues its rebuild on and off the field, the Saints have revealed their long-term vision, boldly guaranteeing their second premiership by 2020.

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St Kilda players are believers

Jon Pierik If there is one word St Kilda coach Alan Richardson and his players regularly mention during the week and on match day, it's belief.

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US rookie Jason Holmes keen to get a start with St Kilda

Jason Holmes.

Jon Pierik Basketball convert insists he will be ready to play senior football for this season.

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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.

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St Kilda's Jack Steven is keen to rally midfield forces as club rebuilds

Taking flight: Jack Steven clashes with West Coast at Etihad Stadium last year.

Jon Pierik Jack Steven's skills have matured with his ability to lead younger players.

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New St Kilda coach Alan Richardson has served a solid apprenticeship

Tactical: St Kilda coach Alan Richardson plans his moves on Saturday.

Jon Pierik New Saints coach Alan Richardson is one experienced rookie.

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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.

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David Armitage and Jack Steven to fill midfield void for St Kilda

St Kilda's David Armitage.

Jon Pierik St Kilda midfielder turns the spotlight on himself and fellow onballer Jack Steven.

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St Kilda newbies focus on fitness not coach

Josh Bruce

Jon Pierik St Kilda recruits insist not having a senior coach at this stage of the pre-season is not a problem.

Will $1.9 million keep Goddard at St Kilda?

St Kilda's Brendon Goddard in action.

Jon Pierik Brendon Goddard must decide whether a three-year contract worth up to $1.95 million is enough to keep him at St Kilda.

Live AFL blog: St Kilda v Sydney Swans

AFL premiership cup

Jon Pierik Sydney defeated St Kilda three weeks ago despite suffering chronic inaccuracy, dominating the sick Saints, but failing to finish them off until the final minutes.

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St Kilda's Goddard yet to re-sign

Sam Fisher.

Jon Pierik St Kilda given a boost by ruckman Ben McEvoy and defender Sam Fisher re-signing with the club.

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Saints flag 'significant changes' to list with several players under spotlight

Alan Richardson

Jon Pierik St Kilda has flagged "significant changes" to its playing list, while declaring it would be surprised if the AFL Commission awarded Melbourne a priority pick.

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Tigers of old, and new, enjoy a hot streak

The Tigers have won seven in a row.

Jon Pierik Just two months ago, as Richmond counted three wins alongside 10 defeats, Tony Jewell, the club's last premiership coach, vented his displeasure.

Free agency not great for Saints: Nick Riewoldt

Nick Riewoldt:

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...

Taylor Hunt puts contract talks with Cats on hold

Taylor Hunt emerged last season as a strong tagger.

Jon Pierik Out-of-favour Geelong midfielder Taylor Hunt has joined a growing list of players to put contract discussions on hold until the end of the season.

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Jarryn Geary signs two-year contract with Saints

On the dotted line: St Kilda has signed defender Jarryn Geary.

Jon Pierik St Kilda has secured a new contract for defender Jarryn Geary, while discussions have opened with fellow defender James Gwilt.