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

Mick Malthouse defends Blues' game plan

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...

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

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.

AFL

AFL coaches: who is under most pressure?

Gold Coast Suns coach Guy Mckenna.

Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane Which coach will feel the heat most from club and supporters this season?

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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.

AFL

Blues keep fires burning on win mentality

Blues players buck the winter chill at their pre-season training camp amid the snowfields of Arizona, US.

Jon Pierik Coach Mick Malthouse and his panel know the players are warming to their primary task.

Bruised Blues keen to deal to get Boyd

Tom Boyd.

Jon Pierik Carlton declares interest in doing deal to claim top pick in this year's national draft.

Bombers optimistic on players

Matthew Lloyd

Jon Pierik Matthew Lloyd says there is a growing feeling the players will escape censure.

AFL

Eagles' Worsfold remains coy over coaching future

Jon Pierik West Coast coach claims he is close to making a decision on what he will do next season.

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.

AFL

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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AFL

Eagle eyes on Essendon's spot

Jon Pierik West Coast's Dean Cox would be ''happy'' if Eagles slipped into top eight.

AFL

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

Blues won't trade Gibbs or Kreuzer

Carlton's coach Mick Malthouse talks to the media.

Jon Pierik Blues coach Mick Malthouse declares former top draft picks "untouchable".