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.

Blues in crisis but Malthouse backs himself

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse

AFL

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.

AFL

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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Jesse Hogan's training knee injury sends scare through Demons' camp

Jesse Hogan of the Melbourne Demons.

Jon Pierik A shudder went through the Demons camp on Friday when the young forward hurt his knee at training.

AFL

Who will step forward?

Travis Cloke.

Jon Pierik How hard is it to find forwards of the highest quality? According to the AFL's chief statisticians, only seven clubs have them.

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Chris Judd to miss Carlton's first two rounds due to Achilles tendon surgery

Chris Judd

Jon Pierik Carlton champion Chris Judd will miss at least the opening two rounds after he undergos surgery.

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Swans firm for Tippett: rivals

Kurt Tippett

Jon Pierik and Jake Niall Swans appear to be the front-runners for the Adelaide forward's services.

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Dees, Pies discuss super trade

Chris Dawes

Jon Pierik and Emma Quayle Collingwood and Melbourne have discussed a blockbuster trade that would send Sharrod Wellingham and Chris Dawes to the Demons in return for pick No. 4 in the national draft.

Tough talk on Caddy and Tippett

The Crows' Kurt Tippett (above) and the Suns' Josh Caddy (below):  Trade dominoes that could take time to fall.

Jon Pierik, Michael Gleeson and Emma Quayle Two key dominoes of trade week - Josh Caddy and Kurt Tippett - could take time to fall.

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Demons look to make deal for Dawes

Chris Dawes remains a Magpie for now.

Jon Pierik Melbourne insists pick 20 will be a fair trade for Chris Dawes when it attempts to broker a deal for the Collingwood key forward.

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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Football

Pies contract woes move to Thomas

Dale Thomas, centre in the first semi-final of 2012.

Jon Pierik Dale Thomas could prove to be the Travis Cloke of the 2013 season for Collingwood.

Buckley confident Pies ruckman can play on

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley believes ruckman Darren Jolly could play for two more years.

Jon Pierik Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley believes Darren Jolly could play for two more years.

Gloves off as players lose grip

Travis Cloke.

Jon Pierik EXCLUSIVE Collingwood power forwards Travis Cloke and Quinten Lynch could be forced to find new gloves on the eve of the season under a crackdown by the AFL.

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If glove fits, Cloke'll wear it

Travis Cloke

Jon Pierik David Cloke joins former Tiger Matthew Richardson in questioning why AFL banned six types of gloves.

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Call to ban all gloves

Footy Glove ... The latest style sticky footy glove.... Age  News Pic taken by John Woudstra Feb. 5 2012

Jon Pierik North Melbourne full-back wants blanket ban, claiming glove use gives an unfair advantage.

AFL coaches: the class of 2013

AFL coaches.

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.

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Cooney likely for round one

Jon Pierik Bulldogs midfielder expected to be discharged from hospital on Sunday.

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.

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Struggling clubs 'need $2m each'

Eddie McGuire.

Jon Pierik Collingwood president says Melbourne and Bulldogs should have bigger salary cap.

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