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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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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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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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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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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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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Better ball use turns the Blues into winners

Gibbs

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

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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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On the run: captains, leaders to step up

Sherrin

Jon Pierik AFL cuts runners from two to one as part of a bid to help clear up the field.

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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.

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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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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.

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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

Points loss on the cards: Watson

Tim Watson

Jon Pierik Essendon great Tim Watson says the public has been conditioned to the Bombers being stripped of points - but the AFL maintains it's too early to declare any punishment.

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Fans expect points to be lost: Watson

Tim Watson

Matt Murnane and Jon Pierik But the AFL maintains it's too early to declare any punishment.

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Coach puts onus on Blues

Mick Malthouse

Jon Pierik Mick Malthouse reminds Blues they have won just one premiership since 1990.

Malthouse ponders Blues' mindset

Blues coach Mick Malthouse

Jon Pierik As the end approaches for his first season at Carlton, Mick Malthouse has questioned the club's winning mentality, reminding the Blues they have won just one premiership since the league changed its...

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