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.

Blues lament pokie king's criticism, urge all club members to stick together

Carlton president Stephen Kernahan.

Jon Pierik Bruce Mathieson may be a billionaire pokies king and a Carlton powerbroker, but Carlton president Stephen Kernahan and captain Marc Murphy made it clear on Monday they were tired of his criticism of...

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Schwass: Kangaroos should approach umps

Trent Cotchin attempts to take a mark as Brent Macaffer watches keenly.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne premiership star Wayne Schwass has urged the Kangaroos to approach the AFL umpiring department with a dossier of Brent Macaffer's negating tactics as part of a bid to help quell the...

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Tom Elliott could run for Blues' top job

Old Dark Navy Blues: Stephen Kernahan and John Elliott when Kernahan was Carlton captain and Elliott president.

Jon Pierik Tom Elliott, the son of former Carlton president John Elliott, has not ruled out challenging for the Blues' presidency, as club powerbrokers agitate publicly and behind the scenes for change.

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Blues in disarray after shock loss

Mick Malthouse.

Jon Pierik Carlton is in crisis after slumping to its fourth straight loss and worst start to the season since 1989, the year coach Robert Walls was sacked.

Blues in crisis but Malthouse backs himself

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse

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Mick Malthouse defends Blues' game plan

Mick Malthouse: ‘‘It’s not those who inflict the most, but those that endure the most, that shall prevail.’’

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has full confidence in his game plan of three decades and has urged his players to embrace a quote delivered by the lord mayor of Cork during the Irish War of...

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Blues players vote on Mick Malthouse's game plan

Man with the plan: Mick Malthouse.

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has taken the unusual step of asking his players whether they wanted to persist with his game plan, as the Blues attempt to resurrect their season in wake of the shocking...

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Brett Deledio to miss again with injury

In due time: Brett Deledio's Achilles continues to give him grief.

Jon Pierik, Daniel Cherny Richmond will be without Brett Deledio for Friday night's crunch clash against Collingwood, with the running defender to again miss with an Achilles problem.

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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.

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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Demon Mitch Clark retires from football

Mitch Clark

Jon Pierik Mitch Clark's AFL career is over, with the Melbourne forward retiring on Tuesday because of clinical depression.

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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...

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Carlton's youngsters in running to debut against winless Demons

Patrick Cripps

Jon Pierik As Carlton looks to regroup ahead of Saturday's clash against fellow winless side Melbourne, the Blues will consider unveiling two of the youngsters they hope will eventually form part of their next...

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Matthew Richardson says Tigers can beat the AFL's best teams

Fighting Fury: Trent Cotchin says the Tigers are up for the fight.

Jon Pierik Just days after bemoaning Richmond had not improved this season, club great Matthew Richardson has declared the Tigers are capable of defeating the league's elite.

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Paul Roos sticks to his game plan

Demons coach Paul Roos speaks to the media on Monday.

Jon Pierik Melbourne coach tells his players they will be moved on unless there is improvement on the field.

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AFL warns of vigilance on caffeine

Illustration: Matt Golding

Jon Pierik Players warned they will need to be vigilant as part of AFL's crackdown on supplements.

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Matthew Pavlich says it's time for Dockers to slay Hawks

Fremantle skipper Matthew Pavlich.

Jon Pierik While Fremantle understands Friday night's grand final rematch cannot atone for last September's disappointment, the Dockers know there is a chance for redemption of another kind.

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Magpies re-sign key trio

Playing on: Steele Sidebottom.

Jon Pierik Collingwood is delighted to confirm it has re-signed the premiership winning trio of Nathan Brown, Ben Reid and Steele Sidebottom.

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Dockers ready for secret midfield business

Winning formula: Aaron Sandilands boasts a league-high 75.8 winning percentage in contests this season.

Jon Pierik Fremantle captain Matthew Pavlich is confident Dockers ruckman Aaron Sandilands and his midfielders will be able to negate any surprise Hawthorn tactic in Friday night's grand-final replay, with the...

Gold Coast re-signs three players

Jarrod Harbrow

Jon Pierik Players continue to reinforce their faith in the direction Gold Coast is heading.