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

Andrew Carrazzo Carlton's latest casualty

Andrew Carazzo.

Jon Pierik Andrew Carrazzo is the latest Blue to miss the rest of the season, with the key tagger battling ongoing calf problems.

AFL

Fevola unloads on Blues and Thomas

Brendan Fevola.

Jon Pierik Appearing to still be bitter at his former club, Brendan Fevola has criticised Carlton for recruiting Dale Thomas, losing Eddie Betts and has even questioned the value of the Chris Judd trade.

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Carlton can challenge top-four sides in two years, says coach Mick Malthouse

Mick Malthouse

Jon Pierik Mick Malthouse will join the legendary John Kennedy snr as the fourth-oldest man to coach an AFL team when Carlton tackles the Western Bulldogs on Sunday.

AFL

Anthony Koutoufides says Richmond Tigers have mental hurdles against Carlton Blues

Jon Pierik Carlton great Anthony Koutoufides says Richmond has been scarred by last year’s two fade-outs against the Blues and faces a critical moment when the two teams clash on Thursday.

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Anthony Koutoufides says Richmond Tigers have mental hurdles against Carlton Blues

No place to hide: Richmond?s Brett Deledio and Chris Newman after the elimination final loss against Carlton last September.

Jon Pierik Carlton great Anthony Koutoufides says Richmond has been scarred by last year’s two fade-outs against the Blues.

Chris Judd's return delayed

Chris Judd

Jon Pierik Chris Judd's troublesome Achilles tendon is taking longer to heal than expected, with the Carlton champion now not expected to return until round five.

AFL

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.

AFL

Mick Malthouse admits his unabashed admiration for Dale Thomas

Mick Malthouse

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse says he loves Dale Thomas "as a son" but insists the former Magpie will not be given preferential treatment.

AFL

Lots of life left in Chris Judd, says Carlton's Robert Wiley

Chris Judd is training well after wrist and elbow surgery.

Jon Pierik But there is no guarantee the champion midfielder will play beyond 2014.

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.

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Blues' Ed Curnow emerges as AFL's No. 2 tagger

Ryan Crowley confronts Hawthorn's Sam Mitchell during the 2013 grand final.

Jon Pierik The hard-working Curnow won 15 of his 18 match-ups last season.

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Marc Murphy growing into leadership role

Marc Murphy

Jon Pierik Carlton skipper has taken more vocal lead in his second summer in charge.

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Carrazzo available for Swans but Murphy return uncertain

Brave face: Andrew Carrazzo believes the Blues will have to be at their best to beat the Tigers.

Jon Pierik Carlton midfielder will be available for selection for clash against Sydney.

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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".

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Blues want Betts 'at the right price'

Eddie Betts.

Jon Pierik and Michael Gleeson Goalsneak can pursue significant offers from Adelaide and North Melbourne.

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Delay cup if pre-season put back, says Malthouse

Mick Malthouse

Jon Pierik Players are pushing for a uniform date to resume pre-season training.

AFL

Carlton will be 'far better' after Yarran's body language apology

Chris Yarran

Jon Pierik Carlton forward Chris Yarran has apologised to teammates and coaches for his poor body language in Friday night's stinging loss to Essendon at the MCG.

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Malthouse fumes over umpire call on Garlett 'goal'

Mick Malthouse.

Jon Pierik Carlton coach lashes out at the video review system for denying Jeff Garlett a goal.

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Essendon v Carlton

Jon Pierik Carlton hands out a hammering to Essendon, with a first-half that blows its rivals away.

Carlton keeps Ratten out of spotlight

Brett Ratten

Jon Pierik Blues announce that coach's scheduled media conference for this morning cancelled.

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