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.

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Swans on notice: 'Hawks a different team'

Jon Pierik Hawthorn maestro Shaun Burgoyne has warned the Swans that the Hawks will have a rejigged midfield and will be a ''different'' team when they seek recompense in Saturday night's blockbuster at the MCG.

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Trent Cotchin questions Richmond's commitment

Trent Cotchin leads the Tigers from the field.

Jon Pierik In a season gone wrong, Richmond captain Trent Cotchin says the Tigers have been guilty of "picking and choosing" in terms of their commitment to winning the contest.

Nick Graham ready to grab his chance with Blues

Emerging Carlton speedster Nick Graham says he is keen to prove his worth.

Jon Pierik Having been mentioned by his club president as a potential key contributor of the future, emerging Carlton speedster Nick Graham says he is keen to prove his worth, and hopes to secure a new contract...

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James Frawley only worth a three-year contract, say former Demons

Melbourne's James Frawley

Jon Pierik Melbourne has been urged to offer impending free agent James Frawley only a three-year deal, as the Demons' utility reveals his frustration at being the focus of contract speculation.

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Carlton's Menzel cleared but Everitt out

Troy Menzel has been cleared of a serious knee injury.

Jon Pierik Emerging Carlton forward Troy Menzel has been cleared of a potentially serious knee injury and could even play against Fremantle in a fortnight.

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North's James Brayshaw calls for 20-round AFL fixture

Illustration: Matt Golding

Jon Pierik North Melbourne chairman James Brayshaw has revealed he has privately consulted the AFL Commission about slashing the fixture to 20 rounds in a bid to protect its integrity.

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Waite's strong return delivers a contract curve ball

Jarrad Waite tackles Andrew Swallow of the Kangaroos during Friday's round 18 match.

Jon Pierik Jarrad Waite's stunning return against North Melbourne has provided an added curve ball to the veteran Blues' contract discussions.

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Blues finish strongly to upset Kangaroos

Carlton's Marc Murphy gathers the ball as Levi Greenwood approaches.

Jon Pierik For those who wondered whether Mick Malthouse would find a reason to crack a smile this week, the answer came quickly.

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Skipper Swallow questions Kangaroos' attitude after loss to Carlton

Doubts: Andrew Swallow (left) and Ryan Bastinac.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne captain Andrew Swallow has questioned his team's attitude and has implored his men to get into the face of opponents after the Kangaroos' top-four hopes were jolted by an unexpected...

Angry Eddie McGuire takes aim at Sydney, clubs and News Corp

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Jon Pierik Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has launched another stinging attack on Sydney, and also taken aim at rival club presidents and even one of his own employers, as his feud with the Swans...

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A rivalry of note: Carlton versus Kangaroos

2012: Chris Judd feuls the tradition.

Jon Pierik There is something about the history between the Blues and Kangaroos which long-time observers believe deserves greater credence

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Collingwood's Nick Maxwell confirms his AFL retirement

Nick Maxwell's retirement will test Collingwood's defence.

Emma Quayle and Jon Pierik Collingwood's 2010 premiership captain Nick Maxwell has confirmed his retirement from the AFL following his season-ending ankle injury suffered last weekend.

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James Hird should not return this season, says Essendon legend Tim Watson

Essendon drug crisis dink.

Jon Pierik With just a fortnight until James Hird returns to Australia, Essendon great Tim Watson has declared the suspended coach should not be involved at the club until the Bombers' 2014 campaign is over.

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Focus on AFL coaches unnecessary, says Paul Roos

The state of the wall in the MCG coaches' box after Alastair Clarkson gave vent to his feelings in season 2012.

Jon Pierik Melbourne coach Paul Roos says the propensity of AFL broadcasters to regularly cut to coaches in an animated state on game day is unnecessary and does not add to the spectacle.

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Demons intrigue: Will Paul Roos stay?

Undecided: Paul Roos with his players.

Jon Pierik The intrigue over Melbourne's immediate coaching future continues, with Paul Roos yet to decide whether to remain for a third year, while questioning whether a two-year apprenticeship would be long...

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Carlton needs obsessive players to revive glory days, says Chris Judd

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Jon Pierik While Chris Judd's playing future remains unclear, he knows exactly the type of person the Blues need if they are to again emerge as an on-field power.

Mick Malthouse, Cameron Ling in verbal stoush

Mick Malthouse

Jon Pierik UPDATE: Carlton coach Mick Malthouse was so incensed by the lack of his customary footage while coaching at the SCG on Saturday night that he vented his anger at half-time in a verbal stoush with...

AFL

Carlton's Andrew Walker out for season

Andrew Walker.

Jon Pierik and Emma Quayle Dynamic Carlton defender Andrew Walker has been ruled out for the rest of the season because of a lingering knee injury.

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Stakes high for Essendon, Hird and ASADA

It can be difficult to keep abreast of what is really going on in the Essendon supplements saga.

Jon Pierik The details, technicalities and, as one lawyer put it, "white noise" around the Federal Court case brought by Essendon and James Hird means it can be difficult to keep abreast of what is really going...

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ASADA warns court case won't stop Essendon show-cause notices

ASADA has made clear its intent to reissue show-cause notices to 34 past and present players should it lose the court case against Essendon and James Hird.

Jon Pierik The stakes have dramatically risen for the Essendon players issued with show-cause notices, with the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority all but declaring it will re-issue notices should it lose...