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.

Kangaroos would welcome uncontracted Waite

Jarrad Waite v Lachie Hansen in round 18:

Jon Pierik North Melbourne defender Lachie Hansen says Jarrad Waite would be welcome at Arden St if he decided to leave Carlton.

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.

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.

AFL

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...

AFL

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...

AFL

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.

AFL

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.

AFL

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.

AFL

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.

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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Three losses that raised eyebrows

Stunning defeat: Richmond beat the Dees in 2009.

Jon Pierik Melbourne's defeats in rounds 17, 18 and 22 to Sydney, Richmond and St Kilda respectively under scrutiny.

AFL

Demons to set battle lines

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Jon Pierik Lawyers acting on behalf of the Melbourne Football Club have confirmed they have received evidence in the tanking claims lodged against the club.

Dees' charges revealed

Jon Pierik EXCLUSIVE Lawyers for Demons and ex-coach Dean Bailey ready to take AFL to court if found guilty of tanking.

Tank or no tank, Dees sunk

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Jon Pierik When this entire ugly episode is over, there won't be a winner.

The 3 minutes that mattered

AFL, Football, Round 18.  Melbourne v Richmond at the MCG.Richmonds Tyrone Vickery and Melbournes Paul Johnson wait for the ball.
August 2 2009.THE AGE SPORT.  Picture by SEBASTIAN COSTANZO

Jon Pierik EXCLUSIVE AFL investigators focus on the final three minutes of Melbourne's after-the-siren loss to Richmond in 2009 as part of explosive probe into tanking.

Agent calls for player protection on tanking

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Jon Pierik Player agent Peter Jess says players must have a ''safe harbour'' clause.

Demons' financial viability at risk, warns Healy

Gerard Healy

Jon Pierik MELBOURNE great Gerard Healy has hit out at AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou and the AFL Commission and fears the Demons could be left financially depleted if found guilty of tanking.

Waite and Blues fire: Dees hit

Jack Grimes holds his shoulder as he leaves the field.

Jon Pierik Demons' co-captain Jack Grimes breaks his collarbone in 10-goal loss to Blues.

AFL

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.