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

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

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

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

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.

AFL

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...

AFL

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.

AFL

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.

AFL

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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AFL

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.

AFL

No Carlton fear after MCG win: Malthouse

Mick Malthouse

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

AFL

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.

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.

Demons tanked: McLean

Brock McLean

Jon Pierik Former Melbourne midfielder confirms what had long been suspected — that the Demons tanked in 2009.

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AFL launches Demons tanking claim probe

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper AFL launches investigation into claims made by former Melbourne midfielder Brock McLean that Demons tanked in 2009.

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Demons: a developing issue

Dean Bailey

Jon Pierik Former Melbourne ruckman Paul Johnson adds weight to Brock McLean's claims of tanking in 2009.

AFL

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.

Demons to cash up for trade-fest

Demons logo

Jon Pierik Melbourne vows to be major player during trade and free agency periods and calls on supporters to help.

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AFL

Kickbacks for agents banned

Adrian Anderson.

Jon Pierik Kickbacks to player agents to encourage their talent to switch clubs banned.

AFL puts integrity on the line as tanking probe continues

Andrew Demetriou.

Jon Pierik If investigation proves positive, any punishment will be handled by AFL Commission.

Got 'em

Essendon v Carlton

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