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 Carlton captain Marc Murphy says a desire to restore the Blues' reputation as an on-field power burns within him and this is the year for the club to strike.
Jon Pierik If Richmond is looking for evidence it can feature this season in its first finals campaign in more than a decade, this may be it.
Jon Pierik Carlton faces up to the fact that it has little chance of playing in the finals this year.
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 Carlton captain to be rested for another week and miss Sunday's clash.
Jon Pierik Promising young midfielder suffers ligament damage in his left ring finger.
Jon Pierik Mitch Robinson expected to play his first game of the pre-season next weekend.
Jon Pierik Carlton, Melbourne dealt major blows on the eve of the AFL season.
Jon Pierik There has barely been a moment when Chris Judd has not had to deal with expectations.
Jon Pierik The Pies have toppled the Blues by an average of 40 points in their past five meetings - a point not lost on the Carlton players.
Jon Pierik Exciting Blues forward Andrew Walker will return to the Carlton line-up this week, but promising defender Jeremy Laidler will join Andrew Carazzo on the sidelines.
Jon Pierik Coach Brett Ratten has urged his team not to become football's version of the Big Dipper.