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.
Jon Pierik It's time for Carlton to make a "big picture" statement - on the field.
Jon Pierik Carlton hopes expected return of defender will help improve its composure.
Jon Pierik Essendon remains hopeful Michael Hurley's wrist injury is not as bad as first feared.
Compiled by Rohan Connolly and Jon Pierik Rohan Connolly and Jon Pierik take a look at the men guiding the 18 teams in the AFL fray.
Jon Pierik If Richmond is looking for evidence it can feature this season in its first finals campaign in more than a decade, this may be it.
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.
Chloe Saltau, Jon Pierik and Jared Lynch Mick Malthouse ridicules Eddie McGuire's claim that accepting Carlton coaching job would endanger his health.
Jon Pierik Carlton hands out a hammering to Essendon, with a first-half that blows its rivals away.
Jon Pierik Criticism of Brett Ratten has come with gunfire speed - but does it really warrant his sacking?
Jon Pierik Carlton captain praises defender's persistence against the Western Bulldogs.
Ashley Porter and Jon Pierik This afternoon's triple-header between Port Adelaide, Adelaide and Carlton will close out the first round of the NAB Cup.
Jon Pierik It's hard to get but Brock McLean is closing in on a midfield berth.
Jon Pierik Carlton ready to extend deal this season to make Chris Judd a Blue for life .
Jon Pierik There has barely been a moment when Chris Judd has not had to deal with expectations.
Jon Pierik Carlton midfielder Bryce Gibbs says he is close to re-signing with the Blues and believes defenders Michael Jamison and Nick Duigan are in line for a recall for Friday night’s blockbuster against...
Jon Pierik The Pies have toppled the Blues by an average of 40 points in their past five meetings - a point not lost on the Carlton players.
Jon Pierik Jon Pierik turns the spotlight onto tomorrow night's Blues-Magpies clash.
Jon Pierik Essendon has almost certainly lost forward Michael Hurley to injury.
Jon Pierik Carlton captain will have his midfield focus on unglamorous grunt work of the game.