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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Essendon penalties sufficient, says AFL

Jon Pierik The AFL Commission could feel it is in the right to derail Essendon’s 2015 season if at least two players are proven to have committed an anti-doping breach.

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Essendon players to have legal briefing on Monday night

Essendon players will meet with their lawyers tonight.

Jon Pierik Essendon players issued with show-cause notices will meet with their lawyers tonight as they debate how to handle a case which could threaten their careers.

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Carlton's Levi Casboult emerging from the shadows

Levi Casboult can expect an offer of a two or three-year contract extension when negotiations with the Blues intensify.

Jon Pierik What Carlton's Levi Casboult describes as a goal-kicking "cliche" is helping to improve his all-round value and turn him into one of the AFL’s best power forwards.

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John Nicholls says Carlton needs to shed arrogant image

John Nicholls.

Jon Pierik Named the No.1 player in Carlton's history, the legendary John Nicholls says it's time for the Blues to shed their arrogant image, which he believes has tarnished the club for decades.

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Bombers' court tactic may not stop cases, says ASADA boss

Illustration: Matt Golding

Jon Pierik Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority chief Ben McDevitt believes his case against Essendon is on safe legal grounds but has warned the Bombers his brief may not fall apart even if the club is...

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Magpie Ben Reid has new injury setback

Ben Reid

Jon Pierik The immediate future of Collingwood swingman Ben Reid is in doubt after suffering another injury setback.

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Mark Thompson: Essendon players were vague and nervous

Mark Thompson

Jon Pierik Essendon coach Mark Thompson has revealed his players were “a bit vague and nervous” when they were issued with show-cause notices by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, but has...

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Undermanned Hawks spoil Blues' party

Levi Casboult and Matt Spangher in an off-the-ball tussle.

Jon Pierik It’s a weekend of celebration for Carlton, with the Blues hosting their 150th anniversary dinner on Saturday night.

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Tim Watson calls James Hird's future as Bombers' coach into question

Tim Watson: “I think this will become messier for him (James Hird) and the Essendon Football Club the longer it goes on and, in particular, if infraction notices are handed to players.”

Jon Pierik Essendon legend Tim Watson has taken the dramatic step of calling into question James Hird’s future at the club, claiming his expected return as coach next season could depend on whether...

Stephen Kernahan: Hits, misses and reflections on 29 years at Carlton

Stephen Kernahan.

Jon Pierik As he steps aside after 29 years in an official capacity at Carlton, either as a player, assistant coach or board director, Stephen Kernahan reflects on some of the key moments.

Carlton legend Stephen Kernahan leaves with no regrets

Blues legend: Stephen Kernahan.

Jon Pierik As his six-year term as Carlton president comes to a close, Stephen Kernahan says has no regrets, declaring “premierships aren’t just given out”.

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Carlton coach Mick Malthouse calls for respect between players and umpires

Mick Malthouse wants relations between players and umpires to be like those in rugby union.

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse says skipper Marc Murphy was disrespected by an AFL umpire, declaring relations between players and the game’s adjudicators needs major improvement.

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Carlton turns to Lenny Hayes to help Bryce Gibbs grow

Jon Pierik Through his year in the media after leaving Collingwood, and in the days after joining Carlton, Mick Malthouse made it clear if the Blues were to take major strides forward, there needed to be less...

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Carlton's Troy Menzel deserved a free kick, admits AFL umpires boss Wayne Campbell

Jon Pierik AFL umpiring director Wayne Campbell has admitted it was an error that Carlton’s Troy Menzel was not paid a free kick in the final minute of Friday night’s clash with Geelong at Etihad...

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Legal minefield awaits in Essendon peptides saga, says lawyer

Jon Pierik A leading sports lawyer says the ASADA investigation into the Essendon supplements scandal is already a “car crash” and has warned a “legal minefield” awaits if show-cause...

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AFL strikes early in the week in bid to curb weekend drug intake

Illicit drugs in footy.

Jon Pierik The AFL has revealed a fall in the number of positive illicit drug tests in 2013 but says there are four players on two strikes.

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Andrew Demetriou provides his last critique

Andrew Demetriou

Jon Pierik The final lap is almost complete, with one last round of thanks reserved for his staff on Thursday. Then it's off to a new life for Andrew Demetriou, the man who has sat in Australian sport's hottest...

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Josh Bootsma given every opportunity at Carlton, says Mick Malthouse

Josh Bootsma

Jon Pierik Mick Malthouse says the Blues gave Josh Bootsma every opportunity to improve his off-field and football life, but the club had little option in the end but to sack him.

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Malthouse not fazed over contract negotiations with Blues

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Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse says he is not concerned that contract renegotiations have yet to open, declaring he didn't expect to have secured an extension by now.

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Josh Bootsma sacked by Carlton

Josh Bootsma

Jon Pierik and Caroline Wilson Carlton youngster Josh Bootsma has become the first AFL player to be sacked for social media misconduct, after the Blues terminated his contract on Tuesday.

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