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.

Jeff Garlett in mix for recall, says Mick Malthouse

Jeff Garlett.

Jon Pierik Mick Malthouse says Jeff Garlett "is certainly in the mix" for a recall against Port Adelaide on Friday night, as the small forward and Mitch Robinson fight to regain the respect of their teammates.

Blues have improved in three areas, says Malthouse

Mick Malthouse with Dale Thomas.

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has identified three areas in which the Blues have improved as they begin plotting a strong pre-season in a bid to have a more successful 2015.

Carlton star Dale Thomas escapes serious injury

Dale Thomas is in the frame to play Port Adelaide on Friday night.

Jon Pierik Carlton star Dale Thomas has escaped serious injury to his reconstructed right ankle, and remains in the frame to play against Port Adelaide on Friday night.

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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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Chris Judd to miss potential farewell from Eagles fans in hamstring fallout

Hamstrung: Chris Judd.

Jon Pierik If West Coast Eagles supporters had hoped to give Chris Judd a final thank you, that will have to wait - or may not be given at all - after the champion midfielder was ruled out for the next five...

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Eagles playing a 'dangerous' verbal game, says Carlton's Zach Tuohy

Zach Tuohy:

Jon Pierik Carlton defender Zach Tuohy believes the breakthrough win over the Western Bulldogs has set "set the template" for the season ahead, as the Blues look to build on this momentum against a West Coast...

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Malthouse rates Carlton's win over West Coast one of his best

Mick Malthouse and Dale Thomas celebrate the win.

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse labelled a stunning come-from-behind win over the West Coast Eagles as one of the best of his career.

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Blues' Ed Curnow emerges as AFL's No. 2 tagger

Ryan Crowley confronts Hawthorn's Sam Mitchell during the 2013 grand final.

Jon Pierik The hard-working Curnow won 15 of his 18 match-ups last season.

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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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Richmond dares to dream

Veteran Richmond defender Chris Newman has known more than many what it feels like to be idle in September.

Jon Pierik Tigers legend Francis Bourke wants success for his three-year-old grandson.

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Injured Carlton stars train but Blues will not carry passengers

Jon Pierik Carlton stars Chris Judd, Heath Scotland and Brock McLean trained well on Saturday, but the Blues maintain they won't take any injured players into Sunday's blockbuster elimination final against...

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Judd's quality faded but not extinguished

Chris Judd at a training session on Saturday.

Jon Pierik Dual Brownlow medallist is not the consistent force he once was.

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Welcome to the Tigers' ninthmare

Carlton's Jarrad Waite roars after a goal against Richmond on Sunday.

Jon Pierik Carlton president Stephen Kernahan declares Blues have regained respect of rival clubs after win.

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Salad days for Carlton's finals hero Duigan

Richmond's Alex Rance and Carlton's Nick Duigan

Jon Pierik Carlton utility Nick Duigan was munching on a homemade salad sandwich and almost heading into the MCG crowd when he realised teammate Brock McLean may be a late withdrawal on Sunday.

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Matthew Kreuzer in doubt for semi-final

Carlton's Matthew Kreuzer.

Jon Pierik Carlton ruckman Matthew Kreuzer is in doubt for Saturday night's semi-final against Sydney as he battles a calf complaint.

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No Carlton fear after MCG win: Malthouse

Mick Malthouse

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has reminded his men they ''can stand up anywhere''.

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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.

All's fine in the Malthouse, Eddie

Twist of fate: Brett Ratten was still smiling yesterday.

Chloe Saltau, Jon Pierik and Jared Lynch Mick Malthouse ridicules Eddie McGuire's claim that accepting Carlton coaching job would endanger his health.

Thornton in limbo at Blues

Bret Thornton

Jon Pierik Decision on 188-game veteran may not come until Blues announce new coach.

AFL trading - club by club

Stephen Gilham

Matt Murnane and Jon Pierik Explosive allegations about Adelaide overshadowed all other developments during the week.

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