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.

Mars no longer wants a bite of the Blues

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Jon Pierik It's not only on the field where Carlton will have a new look next season, for the Blues are on the hunt for a joint major sponsor after Mars Chocolate opted to not renew its contract.

AFL finals 2015: How much pressure is your AFL coach under?

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick

Jon Pierik While it's a fine achievement to have made the AFL finals, expectations, more often than not, don't stop there. For at least six of the finalists, more needs to be achieved.

Western Bulldogs insist they will have enough finals bite

We'll have enough bite: Mitch Wallis speaks to the media at Whitten Oval on Monday.

Jon Pierik Midfield hardnut Mitch Wallis is adamant the Western Bulldogs' attacking game plan can hold up in the finals

Carlton to dismiss emotion in Matthew Kreuzer deal

Former Carlton coaches John Barker and Mick Malthouse and departing high-performance manager David Buttifant.

Jon Pierik Matthew Kreuzer may be a "heart and soul" player of the Blues but club officials are set to dismiss emotion when it comes to deciding whether to match any offer for the frontline ruckman.

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Pssst: Irate Ireland want the Aussies to come round

In demand: Jesse Hogan of the Demons.

Jon Pierik and Daniel Cherny So disappointed was the Gaelic Athletic Association with the limited depth of the Indigenous-only side sent for the International Rules Tests in Ireland in 2013 that officials were moved to express...

Bottoms up as the Blues collect the wooden spoon

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Jon Pierik Carlton will have the No.1 pick in the national draft after Brisbane's shock win over the Western Bulldogs relegated the Blues to their fourth wooden spoon in 14 years.

Clubs hope banned Magpies pair act as a drugs deterrent

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Jon Pierik Club chiefs are hopeful players have taken serious note of the trouble Collingwood pair Josh Thomas and Lachie Keeffe found themselves in, as the post-season parties this week ramp up for those teams...

No, Brad Scott, questions were rightly asked over resting

Questions: Brad Scott during the game against Richmond on Friday.

Jon Pierik Coach Brad Scott was within his right to lash out at anyone who suggested North Melbourne did not want to win on Friday night - but the question rightly had to be asked.

Jeremy Howe's future still a mystery to Demons

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Jon Pierik Melbourne defender Colin Garland is expected to sign a new contract soon but the Demons remain uncertain about the future of Jeremy Howe.

Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge to face leadership group after caught drink-driving

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Jon Pierik Remorseful Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge says he feels like an "idiot" after he made a "stupid" decision to drive home on Thursday night and was caught drink-driving.

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AFL crackdown on Rising Star betting

Lewis Taylor edged Western Bulldog Marcus Bontempelli by one vote to claim the prestigious award last year.

Jon Pierik The AFL has moved to tighten confidentiality over the Rising Star award by revealing betting will close on Tuesday night.

High-flying Hawks opt for stability over rest

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Jon Pierik In a week where the resting of players has become a major point of debate, Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has embraced the mantra of "continuity and stability" as the Hawks prepare to face lowly...

Is your AFL club 'relevant' in 2015? We have the answer

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 23:  Demons head coach Paul Roos speaks to his players during the round 21 AFL match between the Carlton Blues and the Melbourne Demons at Melbourne Cricket Ground on August 23, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Jon Pierik When it comes to supporters of the traditionally big Melbourne clubs, it seems regardless of on-field performance, they are guaranteed strong support, television audiences and social-media engagement.

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Supreme Court writ lodged against AFL over Essendon supplements scandal

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Jon Pierik Melbourne lawyer Jackson Taylor has launched legal action in the Supreme Court against the AFL over its handling of the Essendon supplements saga, claiming the league "engaged in multiple acts of...

The Blue review: Rating Carlton's 2015 season

Mick Malthouse

Jon Pierik What went right ... and what went wrong with the Blues in season 2015.

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AFL international rules stars to attend New York training camp

Harry Taylor of Australia tackles Pearce Hanley of Ireland during the international rules Test in Perth last year.

Jon Pierik The Australian international rules side will hold a training camp in New York under a bid to revitalise the hybrid round-ball game.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban unhappy over lost GPS tracking contract in AFL

Adir Shiffman:

Jon Pierik and John Stensholt Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is surprised and disappointed at a decision by the AFL to award a player-GPS tracking and data services contract to Champion Data.

Retiring Sam Blease joins ranks of AFL head-knock victims

Geelong midfielder Sam Blease has been forced into retirement because of concussion.

Jon Pierik Geelong midfielder Sam Blease has become the third player forced into retirement because of concussion this year.

Fremantle get AFL approval to rest 11 players

As many as 11 players from Fremantle's side that beat Melbourne may be missing this weekend.

Jon Pierik Fremantle coach Ross Lyon has again embraced a controversial resting policy in the final round of the season, as he plots his way to what he hopes will be a breakthrough premiership.

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Blues join the race for young Giants star Adam Treloar

Adam Treloar.

Caroline Wilson and Jon Pierik Carlton has emerged as a late suitor for the hottest young property on the trade market.