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.

Flying the flag is 'crap': Roos coach

Larissa Nicholson, Jon Pierik and Michael Gleeson To throw punches on the football field is cowardly, but to "fly the flag" for a teammate was "crap", North Melbourne coach Brad Scott said on Wednesday.

Beware out-of-form Steve Johnson, warns Collingwood Magpies coach Nathan Buckley

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley.

Jon Pierik Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley is wary that struggling Geelong star Steve Johnson could re-ignite his season on Friday night, while urging one of his own forwards to lift.

Demons wary of making Hogan a young hero, says chief

Flying start: key forward Jesse Hogan celebrates after kicking a goal.

Jon Pierik Melbourne chief executive Peter Jackson says the Demons have learned how to handle the expectations surrounding boom forward Jesse Hogan through the mistakes the club made with Jack Watts.

I don't agree with Steven May report: Nathan Buckley

Steven May.

Jon Pierik and AAP Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley says the decision to report Gold Coast's Steven May was wrong, while former St Kilda coach Grant Thomas believes the incident encapsulated the "quandary" facing the...

Blues approve surface for Matthew Kreuzer comeback

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Jon Pierik Carlton have taken the precaution of checking the surface at Frankston Oval, as Matthew Kreuzer prepares to return through the VFL from injury.

Western Bulldog Lin Jong sidelined with broken hand

Lin Jong fractured his hand in the stunning win over Sydney on Saturday.

Jon Pierik Lin Jong's standout start to the season has been derailed with the Western Bulldog having surgery on a broken hand.

Magpies can have a 'crack' at flag, says star forward Jamie Elliott

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Jon Pierik Collingwood fan favourite Jamie Elliott believes there is no reason why the Magpies can't have a "crack" at the premiership this season, as club president Eddie McGuire again urged his team to dare...

Northern AFL clubs making draft unequal, says Eddie McGuire

Eddie McGuire has taken another swipe at the AFL's equalisation measures.

Jon Pierik Eddie McGuire has taken another swipe at AFL equalisation, calling it a myth and saying the only solution is an uncompromised draft.

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Mick Malthouse capable of leading a Blues 'renaissance'

The only way is up... Blues coach Mick Malthouse speaks to his players during Friday's game.

Jon Pierik Mick Malthouse's manager Peter Sidwell says the record-breaking coach has sparked a "football renaissance" at each of his three previous AFL clubs, and believes it will no different at Carlton -...

Demon Jack Watts has time to change perceptions, says Garry Lyon

Jack Watts handballs between Nick Vlastuin of the Tigers (left) and Taylor Hunt during the round four match on April 24.

Jon Pierik He may be the most maligned player in Melbourne's history, but Demons legend Garry Lyon says Jack Watts still has plenty of time to change the public's perception of him.

Stuttering Hawthorn hope 'soul searching' does the trick

Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson handballs during a training session.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn has endured a week of "soul searching" as the defending champions attempt to rectify a stuttering start to the season.

Gold Coast Suns can win AFL premiership in three years: Gary Ablett

Gary Ablett fires out another handball.

Jon Pierik The Gold Coast Suns may be winless after four rounds, but captain Gary Ablett has declared his team can celebrate a premiership within three years.

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Pies need to be ready for a case of the Blues, warns Buckley

Braced: Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley.

Jon Pierik Collingwood is bracing for Carlton, whose intensity they expect will be "through the roof" to honour Mick Malthouse's coaching milestone in Friday night's blockbuster at the MCG.

Collingwood's Jamie Elliott yet to finalise contract

Jon Pierik Collingwood small forward Jamie Elliott has switched management companies, as he works through the final details of his contract negotiations with the Magpies.

More to Mick Malthouse than meets the eye

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse.

Jon Pierik When it comes to rival coaches discussing Mick Malthouse's longevity in the game, all mention his passion, strong work ethic and ability to evolve through the decades, from a competition that was...

Landing a forward no small task for Tigers

If the Tigers are looking to free agency, there's only the one superstar on offer this year: Patrick Dangerfield.

Jon Pierik While Richmond has stated a desire for a creative small forward-midfielder who can kick goals, securing one is another story.

Tom Lonergan, Mathew Stokes need to prove fitness

Tom Lonergan was hurt in the round-three win over Gold Coast.

Jon Pierik Geelong key defender Tom Lonergan will need to pass another concussion test before he can return for this weekend's key clash against Richmond.

Bulldog Michael Talia set for a healthy pay day

The Bulldogs' MIchael Talia gives Crows captain Taylor Walker a run for his money.

Jon Pierik While his brother Daniel is already an All Australian with the Adelaide Crows, Western Bulldog Michael Talia is playing himself into a healthy new contract.

More than the 'Mick factor' in play for match against the Pies, say Blues

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse talks to Chris Judd at training on Monday.

Jon Pierik While this week will be a celebration of coach Mick Malthouse's career, Carlton knows they have more than one incentive to defeat arch-rival Collingwood on Friday night.

Damien Hardwick under pressure as Tigers tumble

Damien Hardwick speaks to his players during a break in the game against Melbourne on Friday.

Jon Pierik Richmond faces a potentially rugged run into the mid-season break, adding pressure on coach Damien Hardwick after a poor start to the season.