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.

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Carlton's issues run deeper than poor skills

Jon Pierik Relatively content after a fortnight of encouraging performances, but not wins, against Geelong and Hawthorn, Mick Malthouse declared on Friday the Blues were playing their best football in the 18...

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AFL needs to resolve fixture issues, says Eddie McGuire

Eddie McGuire sounded like he was reading slabs of text off the page.

Jon Pierik Collingwood president Eddie McGuire says this season's fixture and match time slots have not generated enough support.

Melbourne puts forward Mitch Clark on indefinite leave over health issues

Jon Pierik Melbourne forward Mitch Clark has been granted indefinite leave from the club to deal with his personal health.

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Lance Franklin now a 'faceless man' to us, says Alastair Clarkson

Lance Franklin - just another

Jon Pierik While appreciative of the service he gave, Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says Lance Franklin is now a "faceless man" to the Hawks as the superstar forward aims to inflict more pain on his former...

AFL 'out of touch' on medical issues

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Jon Pierik Kangaroos chairman James Brayshaw accuses league of not being in touch with clubs.

'Issues' sideline Pie star

Andrew Krakouer

Jon Pierik and Jake Niall Andrew Krakouer given at least a month off to deal with family issues and a fragile emotional state.

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Australian Athletes Alliance's Brendan Schwab calls for AFL players' integrity unit

Man with a secret

Jon Pierik AFL players could soon have an athletes' own integrity unit to which they can report any concerns.

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Swans on notice: 'Hawks a different team'

Shaun Burgoyne says the Hawks can fly high once again.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn maestro Shaun Burgoyne has warned the Swans that the Hawks will have a rejigged midfield and will be a ''different'' team when they seek recompense in Saturday night's blockbuster at the MCG.

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Trent Cotchin questions Richmond's commitment

Trent Cotchin leads the Tigers from the field.

Jon Pierik In a season gone wrong, Richmond captain Trent Cotchin says the Tigers have been guilty of "picking and choosing" in terms of their commitment to winning the contest.

AFL

Shake-up tipped in AFL gambling partnership

Matt Tripp is awaiting more discussions with the AFL.

Jon Pierik Punting entrepreneur Matt Tripp has signalled a shake-up of the AFL's gambling partnerships, with the league considering spreading its front-line deal.

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Skipper Swallow questions Kangaroos' attitude after loss to Carlton

Doubts: Andrew Swallow (left) and Ryan Bastinac.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne captain Andrew Swallow has questioned his team's attitude and has implored his men to get into the face of opponents after the Kangaroos' top-four hopes were jolted by an unexpected...

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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James Frawley only worth a three-year contract, say former Demons

Melbourne's James Frawley

Jon Pierik Melbourne has been urged to offer impending free agent James Frawley only a three-year deal, as the Demons' utility reveals his frustration at being the focus of contract speculation.

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Collingwood's Nick Maxwell confirms his AFL retirement

Nick Maxwell's retirement will test Collingwood's defence.

Emma Quayle and Jon Pierik Collingwood's 2010 premiership captain Nick Maxwell has confirmed his retirement from the AFL following his season-ending ankle injury suffered last weekend.

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North's James Brayshaw calls for 20-round AFL fixture

Illustration: Matt Golding

Jon Pierik North Melbourne chairman James Brayshaw has revealed he has privately consulted the AFL Commission about slashing the fixture to 20 rounds in a bid to protect its integrity.

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Blues finish strongly to upset Kangaroos

Carlton's Marc Murphy gathers the ball as Levi Greenwood approaches.

Jon Pierik For those who wondered whether Mick Malthouse would find a reason to crack a smile this week, the answer came quickly.

James Hird should not return this season, says Essendon legend Tim Watson

Essendon drug crisis dink.

Jon Pierik With just a fortnight until James Hird returns to Australia, Essendon great Tim Watson has declared the suspended coach should not be involved at the club until the Bombers' 2014 campaign is over.

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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.

Angry Eddie McGuire takes aim at Sydney, clubs and News Corp

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Jon Pierik Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has launched another stinging attack on Sydney, and also taken aim at rival club presidents and even one of his own employers, as his feud with the Swans...

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A rivalry of note: Carlton versus Kangaroos

2012: Chris Judd feuls the tradition.

Jon Pierik There is something about the history between the Blues and Kangaroos which long-time observers believe deserves greater credence