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

Travis Cloke still keeps defender awake at night

Jon Pierik While Wayne Carey has called for Travis Cloke to be ''stronger upstairs'', the Collingwood forward's likely opponent on Saturday says he was unlikely to have a relaxing sleep heading into the...

AFL

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.

AFL

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...

AFL

Who will step forward?

Travis Cloke.

Jon Pierik How hard is it to find forwards of the highest quality? According to the AFL's chief statisticians, only seven clubs have them.

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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.

AFL

Roos told to stand up, show fight

Sam Kekovich.

Jon Pierik Premiership star Sam Kekovich says troubling run of fade-outs must rest with coach Brad Scott.

AFL

Tiger trail: what are Martin's options?

Richmond's Dustin Martin.

Jon Pierik If Dustin Martin does leave Richmond, what are his options?

AFL

Ump, keep an eye on Crowley, says Diesel

Ryan Crowley spoils Sam Mitchell during the round 19 match between Fremantle and Hawthorn in Perth.

Jon Pierik Dual Brownlow medallist urges grand final umpires to keep a close eye on Fremantle tagger.

AFL

Kangaroos positive on Dal Santo

Still in the mix: Nick Dal Santo.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne veteran hopeful the StKilda midfielder would change clubs.

AFL

Petrie hopeful Dal Santo becomes a 'Roo

Jon Pierik North Melbourne veteran Drew Petrie said a face-to-face meeting with Nick Dal Santo had been productive and remained hopeful the St Kilda midfielder would shift clubs.

North clings to top eight

Demon on the rise: Melbourne’s Jeremy Howe marks over North’s Scott Thompson at Etihad Stadium yesterday.

Jon Pierik This was another dark chapter for Melbourne, in a season that has gone totally wrong.

Roos slam ignorant supporters

Brad Scott

Jon Pierik NORTH Melbourne coach Brad Scott last night lashed those ''embarrassing'' club supporters who gave forward Robbie Tarrant Bronx cheers, claiming they did not understand his game plan.

Roos leap into unknown

Coming through: North Melbourne's Daniel Wells leads Robert Murphy to the ball.

Jon Pierik Despite his dominance in recent weeks, Drew Petrie urged his midfield fleet to consider all options when heading into attack against the Western Bulldogs yesterday.

AFL

Cats hope Chapman stays

Paul Chapman

Jon Pierik Geelong chief executive Brian Cook confident triple-premiership midfielder will remain.

Harvey to play on in 2013

Brent Harvey.

Jon Pierik Brent Harvey will play his 18th season for North Melbourne next year after agreeing to terms.

Harvey to miss Roos' Utah trip

Jon Pierik North Melbourne veteran to use the time to train alone and freshen up for season proper.

Suspension may prove a blessing for Harvey

North Melbourne's Brent Harvey.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne hopes midfielder's delayed start will ensure he is in mint condition for latter part of campaign.

AFL

Ziebell's scientific approach

Path to fitness: North Melbourne's Jack Ziebell, Brent Harvey and Drew Petrie.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne's young gun knows the little things count in 2013.

AFL coaches: the class of 2013

AFL coaches.

Compiled by Rohan Connolly and Jon Pierik Rohan Connolly and Jon Pierik take a look at the men guiding the 18 teams in the AFL fray.

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Football

Legend plays a role as Roos 'lift' for Blues

Brent Harvey

Jon Pierik North Melbourne legend Barry Cable does not yet know what specific advice he will give the Kangaroos leadership group this week.