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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Matches 'ugly' as stoppages leap to 15-year high

Jon Pierik As debate over the state of the game swirls, players believe it's too early to embrace suggestions designed to help ease on-field congestion.

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Jack Grimes says Demons must build on line-in-the-sand win

Jack Grimes:

Jon Pierik Melbourne co-captain Jack Grimes hopes a breakthrough win against Carlton was a ‘‘line-in-the-sand’’ moment for the Demons, as they take aim at the visiting Gold Coast Suns on...

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Fevola unloads on Blues and Thomas

Brendan Fevola.

Jon Pierik Appearing to still be bitter at his former club, Brendan Fevola has criticised Carlton for recruiting Dale Thomas, losing Eddie Betts and has even questioned the value of the Chris Judd trade.

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Thompson, players at odds as Bombers skid

Not happy: Mark Thompson watches the game against the Saints on Saturday.

Jon Pierik Heading into the biggest match of the home-and-away campaign, Essendon's players are at odds with coach Mark Thompson, as the Bombers' bright start to the season quickly fades.

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Hawks seek payback against Cats

Coach Alastair Clarkson indicated the Hawks are still smarting from the long losing streak.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says the messages of last year's winning preliminary final which killed the so-called Kennett Curse will resonate again on Monday as the Hawks continue to seek...

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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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Kevin Sheedy and Garry Lyon concerned about standard of play

Kevin Sheedy

Jon Pierik Kevin Sheedy has urged the game's decision-makers to consider restricting players to certain parts of the ground, as the style and standard of the game emerges as a serious issue.

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Schwass: Kangaroos should approach umps

Trent Cotchin attempts to take a mark as Brent Macaffer watches keenly.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne premiership star Wayne Schwass has urged the Kangaroos to approach the AFL umpiring department with a dossier of Brent Macaffer's negating tactics as part of a bid to help quell the...

Blues lament pokie king's criticism, urge all club members to stick together

Carlton president Stephen Kernahan.

Jon Pierik Bruce Mathieson may be a billionaire pokies king and a Carlton powerbroker, but Carlton president Stephen Kernahan and captain Marc Murphy made it clear on Monday they were tired of his criticism of...

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AFL to trial the name game

Number's up for AFL players.

Jon Pierik What's in a name? Well, the AFL will find out this weekend when all players have their names printed above their jumper number in a league first.

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Tom Elliott could run for Blues' top job

Old Dark Navy Blues: Stephen Kernahan and John Elliott when Kernahan was Carlton captain and Elliott president.

Jon Pierik Tom Elliott, the son of former Carlton president John Elliott, has not ruled out challenging for the Blues' presidency, as club powerbrokers agitate publicly and behind the scenes for change.

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Carlton can challenge top-four sides in two years, says coach Mick Malthouse

Mick Malthouse

Jon Pierik Mick Malthouse will join the legendary John Kennedy snr as the fourth-oldest man to coach an AFL team when Carlton tackles the Western Bulldogs on Sunday.

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Tom Elliott and Fraser Brown discuss Carlton's future

Tom Elliott.

Jon Pierik Tom Elliott wants to know which direction the new Carlton president will take the club before deciding whether to run for the top job, possibly with the help of disgruntled former premiership player...

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Brad Scott says Roos can handle Brent Macaffer

 Brent Macaffer

Jon Pierik Collingwood tagger Brent Macaffer has arguably had more publicity this week than through his entire career, with his exploits - and tactics - in becoming a master tagger dominating headlines.

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Travis Cloke still keeps defender awake at night

Brent Harvey plays Pied Piper at North’s family day.

Jon Pierik While Wayne Carey has called for Travis Cloke to be ''stronger upstairs'', the Collingwood forward's likely opponent on Saturday says he was unlikely to have a relaxing sleep heading into the...

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Andrew Krakouer keen to mentor Dayle Garlett on AFL

Collingwood's Andrew Krakouer

Jon Pierik Having experienced a gamut of emotions through his football career and life outside of the sport, Andrew Krakouer has much to offer any young person searching for advice.

AFL

Kangaroos: We want the Blues on Good Friday

Carlton and North Melbourne players at the Royal Children's Hospital for the Good Friday Appeal.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne chairman James Brayshaw insists his club deserves to launch Good Friday football and says Carlton is the Kangaroos' preferred opponent.

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Blues in disarray after shock loss

Mick Malthouse.

Jon Pierik Carlton is in crisis after slumping to its fourth straight loss and worst start to the season since 1989, the year coach Robert Walls was sacked.

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Matthew Pavlich says it's time for Dockers to slay Hawks

Fremantle skipper Matthew Pavlich.

Jon Pierik While Fremantle understands Friday night's grand final rematch cannot atone for last September's disappointment, the Dockers know there is a chance for redemption of another kind.

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AFL warns of vigilance on caffeine

Illustration: Matt Golding

Jon Pierik Players warned they will need to be vigilant as part of AFL's crackdown on supplements.