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

Dogs to relaunch Footscray as stand-alone VFL team

Footscray jumper.

Jon Pierik The Footscray Football Club will be back on the field next season. As part of a multimillion-dollar sponsorship deal with Victoria University, the Western Bulldogs will officially announce on Friday...

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Jarrad Waite set to finally resume in VFL

Jarrad Waite

Jon Pierik Carlton key forward Jarrad Waite moves closer to an AFL return this Sunday when he resumes playing.

Nick Graham ready to grab his chance with Blues

Emerging Carlton speedster Nick Graham says he is keen to prove his worth.

Jon Pierik Having been mentioned by his club president as a potential key contributor of the future, emerging Carlton speedster Nick Graham says he is keen to prove his worth, and hopes to secure a new contract...

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Waite's strong return delivers a contract curve ball

Jarrad Waite tackles Andrew Swallow of the Kangaroos during Friday's round 18 match.

Jon Pierik Jarrad Waite's stunning return against North Melbourne has provided an added curve ball to the veteran Blues' contract discussions.

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Carlton's Andrew Walker out for season

Andrew Walker.

Jon Pierik and Emma Quayle Dynamic Carlton defender Andrew Walker has been ruled out for the rest of the season because of a lingering knee injury.

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Suspending Majak Daw would have been unfair, says Galbally

Majak Daw

Jon Pierik, Steve Butcher and Cameron Houston North Melbourne forward Majak Daw is free to play this weekend but the AFL has reserved the right to stand him down after he was charged with three counts of rape relating to an alleged sexual...

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Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley targets Gary Ablett and Gold Coast's star midfield

Gold Coast star Gary Ablett was instrumental in the shock win against Collingwood last season.

Jon Pierik Don't expect Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley to make the same mistake he did last year - not tagging Gold Coast superstar Gary Ablett.

Waite given the all clear, but career in limbo

Jarrad Waite's three-year contract expires after this season.

Jon Pierik Dumped Carlton forward Jarrad Waite has escaped serious injury as he fights to revive his AFL career.

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Player congestion an issue even in 1987, reveals Ross Oakley

A multitude of players gather around the ball during a game between Carlton and Adelaide in 2012.

Jon Pierik For those who think the issue of rolling mauls and on-field congestion is something relatively new, or the result of modern trends in coaching, think again.

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Tigers, Kangaroos and Lions could have merged: Ross Oakley

Former AFL chief executive and chairman Ross Oakley.

Jon Pierik Amid the turbulence and mergers debate of football in the 1980s, former AFL chief executive and chairman Ross Oakley has spoken of the death threats he received and has revealed there were...

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Edelsten claims he fears for his life if he doesn't pay Carlton Football Club $150,000

Geoffrey Edelsten.

Jon Pierik and Chris Vedelago Disgraced businessman Geoffrey Edelsten says he fears for his life from irate Carlton supporters if he does not complete a $150,000 payment he owes the AFL club.

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North Melbourne footballer Majak Daw charged with rape

AFL North Melbourne football training- Majak Daw. 14th of May 2013 The Age news Picture by JOE ARMAO

Steve Butcher, Cameron Houston and Jon Pierik North Melbourne footballer Majak Daw has been charged with three counts of rape relating to an alleged sexual assault in Altona North in 2007.

Healthy Alastair Clarkson back as coach of Hawthorn

Back to work: Alastair Clarkson.

Jon Pierik Alastair Clarkson will return as Hawthorn coach against North Melbourne on Friday night, having been absent for five weeks because of illness.

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Are the Hawks better without Cyril Rioli?

Cyril Rioli stretches for the ball and injures his hamstring against Gold Coast on Saturday.

Jon Pierik Cyril Rioli may be regarded as one of the AFL's premier match-winners, but Hawthorn can take comfort against North Melbourne on Friday night knowing its record without the speedy forward is...

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How AFL clubs handle assault cases

Stephen Milne arrives at court last year

Jon Pierik Incidents of alleged sexual assault and other serious off-field issues involving players have elicited a variety of responses from the AFL and its clubs.

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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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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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Eagles playing a 'dangerous' verbal game, says Carlton's Zach Tuohy

Zach Tuohy:

Jon Pierik Carlton defender Zach Tuohy believes the breakthrough win over the Western Bulldogs has set "set the template" for the season ahead, as the Blues look to build on this momentum against a West Coast...

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Malthouse rates Carlton's win over West Coast one of his best

Mick Malthouse and Dale Thomas celebrate the win.

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse labelled a stunning come-from-behind win over the West Coast Eagles as one of the best of his career.

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Waite says he has good football ahead

Jarrad Waite

Jon Pierik Having rebounded in the past fortnight from a "clip over the ear", Carlton forward Jarrad Waite says this year is about proving he is in strong physical shape as he seeks a contract extension.