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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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.

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Paul Seedsman agrees Magpies' clash with Crows the 'most important of year'

Paul Seedsman.

Jon Pierik Emerging Collingwood defender Paul Seedsman says the Magpies will attack Sunday's crunch clash against Adelaide as if it was a final.

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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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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...

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GWS Giants duo Jeremy Cameron and Tom Scully ruled out of clash with Carlton Blues

Out of action: Tom Scully won’t suit up for the Giants against Carlton.

Andrew Wu, Jon Pierik Greater Western Sydney have been dealt two massive blows with Jeremy Cameron and Tom Scully both ruled out of Sunday's game against Carlton.

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Blues playing best football in 18 months, says Malthouse

Mick Malthouse.

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has declared his team is playing its best football in his 18 months in charge, and has revealed his list won't be pruned as heavily as last year when this season's review...

AFL

Essendon players in a 'grieving' process, says Thompson

Mark Thompson.

Jon Pierik Essendon coach Mark Thompson says his players have a "grieving" mentality, as the Bombers attempt to focus on Saturday night's clash against the Adelaide Crows.

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Jack Riewoldt breathes easy after repaying faith of Tigers coach

Jack Riewoldt celebrates one of his 11 goals, a career best effort, against the Greater Western Sydney Giants.

Jon Pierik In a week where he was at odds with his coach, his club and faced being axed, Jack Riewoldt said he owed Damien Hardwick and his teammates a strong performance after booting a career-high 11 goals in...

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Better ball use turns the Blues into winners

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Jon Pierik There are many statistics and advanced metrics teams can turn to these days to justify about anything on the football field.

AFL

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.

AFL

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.

AFL

Another flag still in reach with Gold Coast Suns, says Gary Ablett

Geelongs Gary Ablett and Steve Johnson.

Jon Pierik Gary Ablett is desperate to enjoy a premiership-win with his new Suns teammates.

AFL

Mick Malthouse defends Blues' game plan

Mick Malthouse: ‘‘It’s not those who inflict the most, but those that endure the most, that shall prevail.’’

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has full confidence in his game plan of three decades and has urged his players to embrace a quote delivered by the lord mayor of Cork during the Irish War of...

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Hird will be seen again

Paul Little addresses the media on Tuesday night.

Jon Pierik Essendon is already in deep negotiations with James Hird to return to the top role.

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Carlton 'mini-final' against Port Adelaide to prove players' credentials

Jon Pierik While Carlton's primary aim against Port Adelaide on Saturday will be to win, and take Essendon's spot in the finals, there is also more at stake for the Blues.

AFL

Jeff Garlett omitted over off-field misdemeanour

Jeff Garlett

Jon Pierik Jeff Garlett will return against Port Adelaide with Blues' finals "destiny" still in their own hands.

AFL

Tame Blues stretched as class wins

Which way?: Carlton's Marc Murphy takes a one-hand mark over Swan Craig Bird.

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

AFL

Roos welcome Geoff Walsh back to the fold

Geoff Walsh

Jon Pierik North Melbourne will welcome back leading official as part of plan to kickstart 2014 campaign.

AFL

Tuohy happy with the Blues

Zach Tuohy

Jon Pierik While retaining Ireland's hold on the international rules series is his immediate focus, Zach Tuohy is already thinking about where he thinks Carlton should be placed next season.