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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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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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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Nick Riewoldt ready for new role at St Kilda

Nick Riewoldt (centre) with former player Justin Koschitzke (right).

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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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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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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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.

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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.

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.

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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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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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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...

Gillon McLachlan ready for top job, says Ian McLeod

Top candidate to become the AFL top boss, Gillon McLachlan.

Jon Pierik Outgoing Coles boss Ian McLeod says his focus is on business, and believes Gillon McLachlan is in prime position to become the new AFL chief.

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Fans happy if Saints return to Junction Oval

Jon Pierik Provided the redevelopment of the Junction Oval goes ahead, and the Saints eventually march into their new digs, there will be one group of supporters particularly happy.

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Thomas says coaches to blame for boring football

Jon Pierik Former St Kilda coach Grant Thomas says the gulf between exhilarating and conservative football has never been as great, and has taken aim at coaches locked into a ‘‘defence...

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Alan Richardson urges David Armitage to show the way for young midfield

Leading the way: David Armitage.

Jon Pierik Jack Billings, Luke Dunstan and Eli Templeton earn debuts as Saints mark out new beginning.