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

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

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...

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.

Blues in crisis but Malthouse backs himself

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse

AFL

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.

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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AFL

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

Critics question Roos' $1.5m deal

Paul Roos

Jon Pierik Paul Roos indicates he is almost ready to coach and help orchestrate a major rebuild.

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.

AFL

Struggling clubs 'need $2m each'

Eddie McGuire.

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

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Reid it and weep, Travis

Magpie Ben Reid

Jon Pierik Contract discussions between Collingwood and Ben Reid slow as impasse with Travis Cloke continues.

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Hawthorn hints at game plan surprise for Pies

Hawk eye: Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson (left) with captain Luke Hodge.

Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane Hawks ruckman David Hale says team confident it has the game plan to again dislodge Pies.

Hale learns to adapt

Jon Pierik AS A high school teacher in the making, David Hale will no doubt espouse the benefits of learning to his pupils when his days at Hawthorn are over.

Hawks can plug the gaps: Sewell

Strong start: Hawthorn fans and players celebrate after Friday night’s qualifying final win over Collingwood.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn midfielder says week off and depth of talent will have them well positioned come preliminary final.

Magpies left lamenting

Collingwood fell to a season-ending defeat against Sydney last night.

Jon Pierik, Sydney As the Pies fell to a season-ending defeat against Sydney, Nick Maxwell could feel nothing but devastation as he watched on.

Football

We'll be back, say Pies

Wrapped up: Scott Pendlebury is tackled by Swan Shane Mumford in Friday night's match.

Jon Pierik As the Magpies look forward to a break and beginning afresh, vice-captain Scott Pendlebury believes there is no reason why they cannot again feature in the top four next season.

Mumford 'could be cited for alleged misconduct'

Swan's ruckman Shane Mumford.

Jon Pierik THE Sydney Swans have been surprised by claims ruckman Shane Mumford could be cited for alleged misconduct in last night's preliminary final win over Collingwood.

AFL

Mumford under misconduct cloud over incident with Dawes

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 21: Shane Mumford of the Swans marks during the second AFL Preliminary Final match between the Sydney Swans and the Collingwood Magpies at ANZ Stadium on September 21, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Jon Pierik, Jared Lynch THE Swans were surprised last night by claims that ruckman Shane Mumford could be cited for alleged misconduct in Friday night's preliminary final win over Collingwood.

AFL

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.

AFL

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.