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

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

Blues in disarray after shock loss

Mick Malthouse.

Jon Pierik Carlton is in crisis after slumping to its fourth straight loss and worst start to the season since 1989, the year coach Robert Walls was sacked.

Blues in crisis but Malthouse backs himself

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse

AFL

Matthew Lloyd reckons Bryce Gibbs not worth $700,000

Carlton's Bryce Gibbs is tackled by Ben Griffiths of RIchmond during Thursday's match.

Jon Pierik Essendon great Matthew Lloyd says Bryce Gibbs is not in the class of a Patrick Dangerfield or Joel Selwood, as Carlton confirmed its board of directors would will not make a pitch to the talented...

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Kade Simpson re-signs for two years at Carlton

Up the Blues: Carlton’s Kade Simpson joins the fun at World Down Syndrome Day on Friday.

Jon Pierik The Blues half-back, who is flourishing under Mick Malthouse, is proud he will finish his career as a one-club player.

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.

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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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Carlton ruckman Matthew Kreuzer says the Blues must stand up

Matthew Kreuzer says he?s fit and the Blues are ready to fire.

Jon Pierik Ruckman reveals he is likely to spend more time as a forward this season.

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Carlton getting closer to contract extension with skipper Marc Murphy

Marc Murphy

Jon Pierik Carlton moves to lock away captain Marc Murphy on a new long-term deal.

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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.

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Yarran over a fit of the blues

On the ball: Chris Yarran in full flight during the international rules team's practice match at Parnell Park in Dublin.

Jon Pierik The forward's frustrations of last season, triggered by injury, are now behind him.

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.

AFL

Travis Cloke not considered elite by Champion Data

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 12:  Travis Cloke of the Magpies reacts after missing a goal during the round 16 AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Adelaide Crows at Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 12, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Jon Pierik Travis Cloke may be regarded as the premier power forward in the AFL, but a deeper analysis of his game has meant he is not classified as one of the league's elite players.

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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.

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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

Tigers, Blues miss All-Australian nod

Gary Ablett.

Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane Two of the eight AFL finalists have no players in the initial squad of 40.

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Simpson's value on the up and up

Inspiring: Kade Simpson will play his 200th game on Friday.

Jon Pierik Kade Simpson could easily be known as the Blues' intercept king.

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.

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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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