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.

Matthew Kreuzer commits to Carlton Football Club

Carlton's Matthew Kreuzer

Jon Pierik Matthew Kreuzer has ended speculation that he would join a new AFL club by re-signing with Carlton on a new two-year deal.

AFL finals 2015: Five questions on the North Melbourne-West Coast Eagles preliminary final

Jon Pierik Will the West Coast Eagles preview or will the Kangaroos vault into their first grand final since 1999? We examine.

Matthew Kreuzer to clarify AFL contract offer with Carlton

Uncertain future: Matthew Kreuzer.

Jon Pierik Matthew Kreuzer's future at Carlton will be clearer in coming days when the uncontracted ruckman again meets with the Blues.

AFL 2015 finals: Hawthorn have learnt from 'intimidating' Eagles crowd: Jordan Lewis

Key to victory: Jordan Lewis (right) says the Hawks must win the contested-ball battle in Perth.

Jon Pierik While dealing with a voracious Perth crowd is one factor on Hawthorn's mind heading into Friday night's preliminary final, so too is at least matching the Dockers in the contested-ball stakes.

North Melbourne's Jack Ziebell keen to lock in a contract extension

AFL Sherrin

Jon Pierik North Melbourne are set to move to lock in hard nut Jack Ziebell ahead of his contract season.

AFL finals 2015: Hawthorn's Jack Gunston in race to prove fitness

Jack Gunston was injured during the qualifying final against West Coast.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn are confident they have the necessary inside toughness and outside run to trouble Fremantle but doubt remains over the fitness of forward Jack Gunston.

AFL finals 2015: Premiership 'wouldn't hurt' Ross Lyon's status, says Malcolm Blight

Confident: Dockers coach Ross Lyon.

Jon Pierik Having endured grand final heartache of his own, coaching great Malcolm Blight says Ross Lyon has done as much as he can in the top role but admits a premiership "wouldn't hurt" in rubber stamping...

Collingwood, Western Bulldogs bid for AFL season-opener

Robert Murphy of the Bulldogs tackles Steele Sidebottom of the Magpies.

Jon Pierik Collingwood has endorsed the Western Bulldogs' bid to have the two clubs open their 2016 season with what they hope will become a marquee clash at the MCG.

AFL finals 2015: North Melbourne ready to pick apart the West Coast 'web'

North Melbourne players go through their paces at a damp Arden Street on Monday.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne are confident two tough finals wins have fortified their game plan as they now attempt to pick holes in the West Coast Eagles' defensive "web" and reach their first grand final in 16...

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AFL finals 2015: Hawthorn declare it's 'football war' against Fremantle

Shaun Burgoyne

Jon Pierik Hawthorn champion Shaun Burgoyne has urged his teammates to go to "football war" against Fremantle next weekend as they seek to barge their way into a fourth-straight grand final.

It's now Patrick Dangerfield's decision, say waiting Geelong Cats

Patrick Dangerfield

Jon Pierik Geelong says they are awaiting an official response from Patrick Dangerfield, with the champion Crow almost certainly having played his last match for the club.

Sydney Swans win a trade reprieve from AFL

Sydney players warm up during a training session at the SCG on Thursday.

Jon Pierik The Sydney Swans have won a reprieve of sorts through the player exchange period, and can now trade for one player on a contract worth up to $450,000 as part of the phasing out of the...

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Rebuilding Carlton ready to embrace draft, salary cap

The Blues have lost patience with Matthew Watson, who was pick 18 in the 2010 draft.

Jon Pierik They are the words many a Carlton official has eschewed through the years, but they underline what president Mark LoGiudice and the Blues are now all about as they plot a comprehensive rebuild.

Patrick Cripps wins Carlton best and fairest

Patrick Cripps, in his second season, polled 68 votes, one ahead of skipper Marc Murphy.

Jon Pierik In a year of turmoil for Carlton, Patrick Cripps was one of the Blues' few feel-good stories. That was reinforced on Thursday night when he became one of the youngest players in the club's history to...

Chris Yarran a no-show at Carlton best-and-fairest count

Chris Yarran is not in Melbourne.

Jake Niall and Jon Pierik Carlton star Chris Yarran is not attending the Blues' best-and-fairest count on Thursday night.

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Dominant Nat Fyfe claims AFLPA most valuable player award

Nat Fyfe of the Dockers accepts his MVP Award on Tuesday night.

Jon Pierik Fremantle star Nat Fyfe has taken the first step towards what could be the game's two highest individual honours, claiming the AFL Players Association most valuable player award.

Melbourne midfielder Christian Petracca steps up knee rehab in US

AFL Sherrin

Jon Pierik His rookie season ruined by serious injury, forgotten Melbourne midfielder Christian Petracca has begun a demanding training program in Philadelphia with a knee specialist who wants him to realise it...

AFL finals 2015: Adelaide urged to be wary of 'wounded' Hawks

The Crows will look to Eddie Betts to continue his goalkicking form.

Jon Pierik Adelaide are wary of a Hawthorn side they regard as "September specialists" and have been warned the defending champions could react to last week's loss like a "wounded animal".

John Worsfold decision key to Adelaide's coaching plans: Mark Bickley

Big decisions: John Worsfold has been approached by Essendon.

Jon Pierik Former Adelaide Crows captain Mark Bickley believes John Worsfold's future could ultimately decide whether Scott Camporeale remains as senior coach next season.

AFL finals 2015: Nathan Thompson calls for centre bounce replay to be scrapped after umpiring shockers

The centre bounce can provide an amazing spectacle, as shown by Justin Koschitzke's effort against Darren Jolly in the 2010 grand final replay.

Jon Pierik To bounce, or not to bounce. It seems to be a question many in the football world are still wrestling with.