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.
Jon Pierik Players are pushing for a uniform date to resume pre-season training.
Jon Pierik Hard-nosed defender Nick Duigan a surprise axing by Carlton after one match.
Jon Pierik Mick Malthouse may have inherited Carlton team similar to Geelong of 2006.
Jon Pierik Champion midfielder will not feature in the leadership group next season.
Jon Pierik New Blues coach says one of his most pressing tasks will be to lift standards of champion midfielder's teammates.
Jon Pierik Blues announce that coach's scheduled media conference for this morning cancelled.
Jon Pierik Carlton hands out a hammering to Essendon, with a first-half that blows its rivals away.
Jon Pierik, Matt Murnane Carlton is incensed at Eddie McGuire's suggestion Mick Malthouse would be a good fit for the Blues.
Jon Pierik Pies skipper says difference in form of both sides reinforces how quickly fortunes can change.
Jon Pierik Carlton president Stephen Kernahan refuses to guarantee that Brett Ratten would coach out the season.
Jon Pierik North Melbourne midfielder Leigh Adams hopes Chris Judd escapes punishment after he was reported for a "chicken wing" tackle in Friday night's 53-win against Carlton.
Jon Pierik Shattered Chris Judd will argue that he was only trying to prevent a handball.
Ashley Porter and Jon Pierik This afternoon's triple-header between Port Adelaide, Adelaide and Carlton will close out the first round of the NAB Cup.
Jon Pierik It's hard to get but Brock McLean is closing in on a midfield berth.
Jon Pierik Jon Pierik turns the spotlight onto tomorrow night's Blues-Magpies clash.
Jon Pierik Blues' midfielder suffers fractured shoulder and out for up to two months.
Jon Pierik Scott Pendlebury emerges as Brownlow favourite after injury to Suns captain.
Jon Pierik Coach Brett Ratten has urged his team not to become football's version of the Big Dipper.
Jon Pierik Marc Murphy says the Blues are intent on emerging with the necessary vigour required to topple Fremantle and silence a parochial Perth crowd tomorrow night.
Jon Pierik Carlton captain will have his midfield focus on unglamorous grunt work of the game.