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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.

Heritier Lumumba with Nathan Buckley at a Collingwood training session in 2014.

Nathan Buckley: I feel 'sad' for Lumumba

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley says it's "sad" Heritier Lumumba feels the way he does about his time with the Magpies and has denied hearing the former backman being nicknamed "Chimp" by his teammates.

Pivotal: Geelong superstar Patrick Dangerfield.

Dangerfield delivers as Cats edge Magpies

For the Cats, their focus is firmly on September. This win ensured they remain in contention for a top-two finish - and a home final in the first week of September - but this did little to inspire.

Jimmy Bartel has quit the AFL's match review panel.

Bartel: Time to review the match review panel

Former Geelong premiership star Jimmy Bartel has called for an overhaul of the match review panel, declaring on-field reports should be broken into "football and non-football" incidents.

Carlton greats Robert Walls, Stephen Kernahan and David Rhys-Jones celebrate the 30-year anniversary.

Minute by minute: how the Blues won the '87 premiership

Carlton will this weekend celebrate the 30th anniversary of their premiership against Hawthorn that came at a time when the Blues were a power club. The 1987 flag erased the pain of the losing 1986 grand-final, also against the Hawks. Robert Walls, having enjoyed three flags as a player with the Blues, was coach, the legendary Stephen Kernahan was captain and David Rhys-Jones claimed the Norm Smith.

On the rise: Charlie Curnow is one of the ''green sprouts'' at Carlton.

Blues greats insist rebuild is on track

Three of Carlton's former greats have backed the rebuild under Brendon Bolton, saying patience is required in a year when the Blues may collect their fifth wooden spoon this century.

Brisbane Bears

Too much to 'Bear': Can the Suns finally rise?

When the Gold Coast Suns were borne, the AFL said it had learnt from the mistakes of the "Bad News" Bears, a franchise that took to the field for the first time 30 years ago with a bunch of cast offs, ageing greats and a smattering of high-priced recruits. Not to mention an administration working in portable buildings.

Josh Gibson

Hawk Gibson announces his retirement

When it comes to remembering the Hawthorn dynasty that powered to three premierships in as many years, Josh Gibson may not be one of the first names recalled. Luke Hodge, Sam Mitchell, Lance Franklin, before he decamped for the Swans, Jarryd Roughead and Jordan Lewis would generally find themselves at the top of the list.