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.

AFL

Tame Blues stretched as class wins

Jon Pierik Battered Swans secure four-goal win and book preliminary-final berth against Fremantle.

AFL

Blues big man proves key in resurgence

Call up: Robbie Warnock (left) with Kade Simpson and Bryce Gibbs at Carlton training on Friday.

Jon Pierik Bryce Gibbs says Robbie Warnock has contributed much to Blues' late-season surge.

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No Carlton fear after MCG win: Malthouse

Mick Malthouse

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has reminded his men they ''can stand up anywhere''.

AFL

Matthew Kreuzer in doubt for semi-final

Carlton's Matthew Kreuzer.

Jon Pierik Carlton ruckman Matthew Kreuzer is in doubt for Saturday night's semi-final against Sydney as he battles a calf complaint.

AFL

Magpie denies Bucks war

Collingwood's Scott Pendlebury

Jon Pierik and Michael Gleeson Scott Pendlebury admits Pies "just a middle-of-the-rung side", but denies they need a rebuild.

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Simpson's value on the up and up

Inspiring: Kade Simpson will play his 200th game on Friday.

Jon Pierik Kade Simpson could easily be known as the Blues' intercept king.

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Brain injury: drug trial close

Greg Williams

Jared Lynch and Jon Pierik Small Australian company working on a cure for severe brain injuries.

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Alan Didak, Andrew Krakouer head six Collingwood delistings

Andrew Krakouer

Michael Gleeson, Jon Pierik UPDATE: Andrew Krakouer will look to shift to a new club after he was dumped by Collingwood.

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Williams a Magpie until 2017

Marley Williams.

Jon Pierik and Jesse Hogan Pies lose lost long-time director of sports science, extend contract of Marley Williams.

AFL

Tigers' contract fight

Dustin Martin.

Jon Pierik and Caroline Wilson EXCLUSIVE Richmond is fighting to retain two of its key young stars, Reece Conca and Dustin Martin.

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Murphy lost 3kg after cheek break

Carlton's Marc Murphy and Lachie Henderson during a media conference.

Jon Pierik Carlton skipper was unable to eat properly for three weeks after head clash with Luke Hodge.

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Head clash left Murphy sore, but he persisted

Marc Murphy.

Jon Pierik Carlton skipper Marc Murphy has revealed he lost three kilograms and was unable to eat properly for three weeks as a result of a sickening head clash with Luke Hodge that left him with a severe...

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AFL

Salad days for Carlton's finals hero Duigan

Richmond's Alex Rance and Carlton's Nick Duigan

Jon Pierik Carlton utility Nick Duigan was munching on a homemade salad sandwich and almost heading into the MCG crowd when he realised teammate Brock McLean may be a late withdrawal on Sunday.

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Sights set on signing midfielders

 Dustin Martin.

Jon Pierik Richmond to turn attention to re-signing emerging midfielders Dustin Martin and Reece Conca.

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Welcome to the Tigers' ninthmare

Carlton's Jarrad Waite roars after a goal against Richmond on Sunday.

Jon Pierik Carlton president Stephen Kernahan declares Blues have regained respect of rival clubs after win.

AFL

Watters calls Saints to account

A disappointed St.Kilda team after losing to Sydney in their 1st game at Westpac Stadium Wellington, New Zealand

Jon Pierik St Kilda coach says it's time to "step up or step down" after another off-field embarrassment.

Clarkson expects Rioli to be back soon

Cyril Rioli

Jon Pierik Hawthorn are confident Cyril Rioli will be available for the preliminary final in a fortnight, having been a late withdrawal from a thumping qualifying-final win over Sydney on Friday night.

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Roos may hang around

Paul Roos

Jon Pierik Paul Roos could remain at Melbourne as the director of football when his coaching contract expires.

AFL

Judd's quality faded but not extinguished

Chris Judd at a training session on Saturday.

Jon Pierik Dual Brownlow medallist is not the consistent force he once was.

AFL

Goodes decision hangs over Swans

Sydney's chances of defending its title may hang on Adam Goodes.

David Sygall, Sydney, and Jon Pierik Sydney Swans' coaching and medical staff face a potentially season-defining decision.