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

Tom Elliott and Fraser Brown discuss Carlton's future

Tom Elliott.

Jon Pierik Tom Elliott wants to know which direction the new Carlton president will take the club before deciding whether to run for the top job, possibly with the help of disgruntled former premiership player...

AFL

Carlton unlikely to change defensive game plan, says head of coaching Robert Wiley

Wiley competitor: Carlton's head of coaching, Robert Wiley, talks to players at training.

Jon Pierik Blues will hope for better disposal efficiency; 70 per cent last season meant they ranked 18th.

AFL

Blues keep fires burning on win mentality

Jon Pierik Coach Mick Malthouse and his panel know the players are warming to their primary task.

AFL

Kernahan may stay for one more year

A year to go: Stephen Kernahan (right) with Chris Judd.

Caroline Wilson and Jon Pierik Carlton's presidential succession plan has hit a significant hurdle.

Blues will soon 'draw blood'

Mick Malthouse

Jon Pierik Coach Mick Malthouse insists team has improved and will soon defeat an elite team.

AFL

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".

AFL

Buddy 'must earn' pay as ambassador

Lance Franklin

Jon Pierik AFL boss Andrew Demetriou says Lance Franklin must prove he is willing to earn his keep.

AFL

Coach puts onus on Blues

Mick Malthouse

Jon Pierik Mick Malthouse reminds Blues they have won just one premiership since 1990.

AFL

Goodes decision hangs over Swans

Sydney's chances of defending its title may hang on Adam Goodes.

David Sygall, Sydney, and Jon Pierik Sydney Swans' coaching and medical staff face a potentially season-defining decision.

Clarkson expects Rioli to be back soon

Cyril Rioli

Jon Pierik Hawthorn are confident Cyril Rioli will be available for the preliminary final in a fortnight, having been a late withdrawal from a thumping qualifying-final win over Sydney on Friday night.

AFL

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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AFL

Blues warm to their task

Too quick: Speedy Blue Jeff Garlett, who kicked four goals, gives diving Giant Adam Kennedy the slip

Jon Pierik After a slow start, Carlton gets on with the job of swamping GWS.

AFL

Time for Blues to make a stand

Mick Malthouse.

Jon Pierik It's time for Carlton to make a "big picture" statement - on the field.

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Pies: We don't fear tank probe

Eddie McGuire

Jon Pierik Collingwood president Eddie McGuire says the Magpies would have nothing to hide if an AFL investigation into whether Melbourne tanked spread to other clubs.

Got 'em

Essendon v Carlton

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

Family split on Mick's future

Mick Malthouse.

Jon Pierik Mick Malthouse maintains family considerations will be paramount if approached to coach Carlton.

Tick-tock, Ratten safe for a week

Brett Ratten

Jon Pierik Carlton president Stephen Kernahan accuses players of treating trip to Gold Coast as a holiday.

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Richardson praises 'optimistic and positive' Ratten

Blueprint: Carlton coach Brett Ratten  outlines his tactics

Jon Pierik CARLTON assistant coach Alan Richardson says Brett Ratten still has the support of his players and has praised his resilience during a bruising week.

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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Board split as Roos looms as dark horse

Paul Roos

Jon Pierik While Mick Malthouse is the favourite to replace Brett Ratten as coach of Carlton next season, there are Blues board members who believe Paul Roos could yet be the saviour.