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 Troy Menzel deserved a free kick, admits AFL umpires boss Wayne Campbell

Jon Pierik AFL umpiring director Wayne Campbell has admitted it was an error that Carlton’s Troy Menzel was not paid a free kick in the final minute of Friday night’s clash with Geelong at Etihad...

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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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AFL umpires will be better resourced and more open with the media in bid to win the respect of football fans

Wayne Campbell says the AFL would have new rules broadcast at venues to help educate supporters.

Jon Pierik Most umpires feel they are respected by AFL coaches and players, but not by club supporters and the media.

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Star Tiger's vote against the umpires

Geoff Raines

Jon Pierik One memory from 1980 still rankles with champion centreman Geoff Raines.

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Plan for a trial of full-time umpires

AFL umpires

Jon Pierik Full-time option will not be adopted next season but could be done in 2014,

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Umpires to share their vision with everybody

Jon Pierik Coaches and players will have access to vision used by umpires and notes taken.

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Blues raise doubtful calls with umpires

Mick Malthouse

Jon Pierik Carlton wants clarification from umpires' department after contentious decisions on Friday night.

Travis Cloke questions umpiring consistency

''We are getting somewhere'': Travis Cloke.

Jon Pierik Travis Cloke says Collingwood's on-field leaders need to take a stronger stance but has warned the Magpies' detractors not to "wipe us off" as the club fights to make the finals.

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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.

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McLachlan invites AFL coaches over for a homely chat

Gillon McLachlan has asked all 18 senior coaches to his home for an informal chat.

Jon Pierik Debate over the need for official accreditation and a desire to have a more constructive say in the growth and well-being of the game will be discussed by senior club coaches when they meet AFL chief...

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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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Eddie McGuire blames ugly football on too many 'spuds'

Some untalented potatoes on Saturday.

Jon Pierik Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has blamed what appears to be an increasing amount of ugly football on clubs having too many untalented "spuds" because of the draft concessions given to expansion...

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Undermanned Hawks spoil Blues' party

Levi Casboult and Matt Spangher in an off-the-ball tussle.

Jon Pierik It’s a weekend of celebration for Carlton, with the Blues hosting their 150th anniversary dinner on Saturday night.

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Dockers' runner escapes punishment for 'bad day'

Fremantle Dockers

Jon Pierik Fremantle runner Shaun Tinsley has escaped censure, with the AFL attributing his disruptive positioning in Saturday night's clash against Geelong to simply having a 'bad day'.

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Jack Riewoldt kicks 11 in Richmond's romp over Greater Western Sydney

Riewoldt had endured a torrid week of his own making after his comments about the Tigers' game plan.

Jon Pierik Jack Riewoldt made his most positive statement of a tumultuous week by kicking a career-best 11 goals for a rejuvenated Richmond on Saturday in a 113-point flogging of Greater Western Sydney.

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Lethal's plan to combat congestion

All ears: When Leigh Matthews talks, coaches listen. Cats coach Chris Scott with Matthews last year.

Jon Pierik Leigh Matthews has an idea for dealing with the issue of congestion in football.

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Former high-flyer Warwick Capper hoping for a big year from Carlton's Dale Thomas

Dale Thomas of the Blues is tackled by Adam Cooney

Jon Pierik Dale Thomas has attracted many new admirers since joining Carlton - including one of the most colourful full-forwards in VFL-AFL history.

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Schwass: Kangaroos should approach umps

Trent Cotchin attempts to take a mark as Brent Macaffer watches keenly.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne premiership star Wayne Schwass has urged the Kangaroos to approach the AFL umpiring department with a dossier of Brent Macaffer's negating tactics as part of a bid to help quell the...

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Brad Scott says Roos can handle Brent Macaffer

 Brent Macaffer

Jon Pierik Collingwood tagger Brent Macaffer has arguably had more publicity this week than through his entire career, with his exploits - and tactics - in becoming a master tagger dominating headlines.

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AFL raises concerns about on-field congestion, flags rule changes

Congestion in the pack during a Collingwood-Bulldogs game last season. The AFL feels it is increasing this year.

Jon Pierik AFL operations chief Mark Evans has raised the possibility of players being restricted to certain parts of the ground as a way of combating what the AFL feels is escalating congestion this season.

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