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.

Pssst: Hawthorn back Luke Hodge on Kokoda trek

Luke Hodge walking the Kokoda trail in 2004.

Jon Pierik and Daniel Cherny Could the AFL premiership captain be heading to Papua New Guinea a week after holding up the cup?

Pssst: Ex-Cat Egan accused of not taking advice on foot

Matthew Egan in action in 2007.

Jon Pierik and Daniel Cherny An orthopaedic surgeon accused of negligence over the treatment of a foot injury that ended for Cat Matthew Egan's career has hit back, according to documents lodged in the Supreme Court.

Pssst: Time for Hall to deck the Hall?

Contender: Barry Hall.

Jon Pierik and Daniel Cherny With the next batch of Australian football hall of fame inductees to be unveiled on June 4, the debate has already started on who will be selected in their first year of eligibility.

Richie Benaud dead: Cricket great knew what TV viewers wanted

Channel Nine commentator Richie Benaud.

Jon Pierik When it came to pure cricketing commentary, the late Richie Benaud became a cult of the game.

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There won't be another Richie Benaud, says Bill Lawry

Bill Lawry:

Jon Pierik Bill Lawry encapsulated what many in the sporting and commentary world felt upon hearing of the passing of Richie Benaud, the voice of summer.

Richie Benaud dies: Nine chiefs remember 'best in the business'

Richie Benaud

Jon Pierik and Daniel Cherny Tributes have begun to flow in for cricketing and commentating great Richie Benaud, who lost his battle with cancer.

Pssst: A crowning role for Demetriou?

Illustration by Frank Maiorana

Jon Pierik and Daniel Cherny While he no longer bunkers down at AFL House, Andrew Demetriou is still a prominent name in sporting - and business - circles.

Pssst: Essendon saga plummets to new depths

Essendon coach James Hird during the club's unofficial practice match against Williamstown on March 6. Williamstown returned to Tullamarine the next Friday.

Daniel Cherny and Jon Pierik With a decision on the fate of 34 past and present Essendon players to be handed down on Tuesday, the supplements saga's impact is being felt as far down as in suburban practice matches.

Brian Goorjian rules out return to the NBL

Brian Goorjian won six NBL championships and also coached the Australian Boomers before his move to China.

Jon Pierik Hall-of-Fame coach Brian Goorjian has ruled himself out of becoming the new coach of Melbourne United.

Ricciardo's engine the key to grand prix success, says former F1 champ Alan Jones

Alan Jones:

Jon Pierik Australian motor racing legend Alan Jones says Daniel Ricciardo has the ability to "get the job done" – if his engine is reliable.

Australian Open 2015: Local pressure not to blame, says Sam Stosur of her modest showing

Sam Stosur stretches on Saturday.

Jon Pierik Sam Stosur says heightened media focus has not been the entire reason for her modest Australian Open outings, as she tries to recover from a poor start to the year.

Serena Williams hungry for record sixth Australian Open title

Serena Williams talks to her coach Patrick Mouratoglou during a practice session at Melbourne Park on Saturday.

Jon Pierik Serena Williams hopes her burning desire to win the Australian Open helps her to a banish four years of disappointment and claim a record sixth title in Melbourne.

Second Melbourne club in the pipeline, says NBL

The NBL league is looking to have matches on free-to-air and subscription television, including online.

Jon Pierik New National Basketball League chairman Graeme Wade says a second Melbourne-based franchise remains "on the drawing board", as the league looks to make several key decisions to ensure its long-term...

AFL: Blues set to pounce on Silvagni

Marc Murphy (right) says it's

Jon Pierik Stephen Silvagni remains the firm favourite to become Carlton's new list manager after Greater Western Sydney confirmed his departure.

Richie Benaud pads up for Channel Nine

Richie Benaud.

Jon Pierik Richie Benaud, the doyen of cricket commentary, will return to work at Channel Nine on Friday for the first time since he was seriously hurt in a car crash.

Pssst: McAvaney tips Brownlow count could be the 'greatest of all time'

Gary Ablett after winning the 2013 Brownlow Medal.

Jon Pierik Bruce McAvaney says this year's Brownlow Medal count on Monday night has the potential to be the greatest of all time if Gary Ablett hangs on to win.

Fifth was the best I could have done, says Daniel Ricciardo

Ricciardo says fifth place was the best result possible for him.

Jon Pierik While his winning streak was snapped, Daniel Ricciardo says finishing fifth in the Italian Grand Prix was the "best" he could have done regardless, and hopes team orders will help him remain in...

Ricciardo tempers talk of formula one championship win

Daniel Ricciardo signs autographs ahead of a possible third-straight formula one championship win in Monza.

Jon Pierik While public expectations rise of what had seemed an improbable championship win, Australian Formula One ace Daniel Ricciardo has moved to banish such talk, heading into this weekend's race at...

Blunders aplenty as Australia humbled by Zimbabwe

Historic: Zimbabwean batsman Prosper Utseya (left) and his teammate Tendai Chatara celebrate their team's victory over Australia.

Jon Pierik Just five months out from a home World Cup campaign, Australia's stunning loss to Zimbabwe in the troubled African nation has raised questions about selection policies, team attitude and medical...

Latest win will keep me smiling, says Daniel Ricciardo

Good times ahead: Daniel Ricciardo.

Jon Pierik Australian formula one ace Daniel Ricciardo finds himself firmly in the championship hunt after winning the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday.