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.

Newbold says Hawks planning to stay on top

Jon Pierik As his club celebrated yet more premiership glory, Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold has revealed the Hawks have already begun plotting what they hope will be continued dominance through to the end...

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Petrie could have been asphyxiated, says sports medico

Hawthorn expects this incident to face match review panel scrutiny.

Jon Pierik and Stathi Paxinos Leading sports medico Dr Peter Larkins was so concerned by Brian Lake's alleged choke on Drew Petrie that he feared the Kangaroos forward could have been asphyxiated.

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Re-signed Chris Yarran wants Carlton united against Collingwood

Carlton's Chris Yarran has re-signed until the end of 2016.

Jon Pierik Having re-signed for a further two years, Carlton playmaker Chris Yarran says his team needs to make a statement against Collingwood on Sunday night, and has urged the Blues to embrace more of a team...

Greg Swann's Carlton exit shows how elusive the premiership can be

Greg Swann

Jon Pierik That Carlton has closed the door on another era without adding a 17th flag only reinforces how difficult it is to win a premiership.

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Carlton turns to Lenny Hayes to help Bryce Gibbs grow

Jon Pierik Through his year in the media after leaving Collingwood, and in the days after joining Carlton, Mick Malthouse made it clear if the Blues were to take major strides forward, there needed to be less...

Stephen Kernahan: Hits, misses and reflections on 29 years at Carlton

Stephen Kernahan.

Jon Pierik As he steps aside after 29 years in an official capacity at Carlton, either as a player, assistant coach or board director, Stephen Kernahan reflects on some of the key moments.

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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...

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

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

Analysis finds Blues similar to 2006 Cats

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse.

Jon Pierik Mick Malthouse may have inherited Carlton team similar to Geelong of 2006.

Rough and ready

Hawthorn's Jarryd Roughead

Jon Pierik Jarryd Roughead is confident Hawthorn can bounce back in 2013, writes Jon Pierik.

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Ship shape

Dockside: Sam Mitchell in Launceston - the Hawks' other home.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn midfielder Sam Mitchell is ready for a fresh start, writes Jon Pierik.

Murphy stands out as Carlton glimpses future

Marc Murphy.

Jon Pierik The NAB Cup final may be a tip of the iceberg, but Murphy showed he is ready to lead.

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Malthouse: the bitter end

Collingwood president Eddie McGuire thanks outgoing coach Mick Malthouse on behalf of supporters who turned out in large numbers at Gosch's Paddock for the club's family day on October 2, 2011.

Jon Pierik Mick Malthouse says his family was bitter and even disappointed in ''humanity'' over manner in which he left Collingwood.

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Carey's Carlton warning

Not a good feeling: Carlton captain Marc Murphy leads the team back after losing to Geelong.

Jon Pierik AFL great suggests Mick Malthouse may have to alter his defensive game plan.

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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.

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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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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.

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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".