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.

Chris Judd's return delayed

Chris Judd

Jon Pierik Chris Judd's troublesome Achilles tendon is taking longer to heal than expected, with the Carlton champion now not expected to return until round five.

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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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Chris Judd will play more pre-season games

Jon Pierik Carlton will ramp up Chris Judd's game time through the NAB Challenge in a bid to have him physically hardened for round one.

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Lots of life left in Chris Judd, says Carlton's Robert Wiley

Chris Judd is training well after wrist and elbow surgery.

Jon Pierik But there is no guarantee the champion midfielder will play beyond 2014.

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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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AFLPA push to streamline third-party deals

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Jon Pierik The complicated structure of independent third-party agreements could be eased if the AFL Players Association gets its way.

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Anthony Koutoufides says Richmond Tigers have mental hurdles against Carlton Blues

Jon Pierik Carlton great Anthony Koutoufides says Richmond has been scarred by last year’s two fade-outs against the Blues and faces a critical moment when the two teams clash on Thursday.

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Former high-flyer Warwick Capper hoping for a big year from Carlton's Dale Thomas

Dale Thomas of the Blues is tackled by Adam Cooney

Jon Pierik Dale Thomas has attracted many new admirers since joining Carlton - including one of the most colourful full-forwards in VFL-AFL history.

Tom Bell ready to step up for Carlton, says teammate Kade Simpson

Carlton's Tom Bell

Jon Pierik Carlton vice-captain Kade Simpson believes Tom Bell, a man likened in size and even pace to retired star Anthony Koutoufides, has shown why he could become a regular senior selection this season.

Malthouse: Blues set to challenge

Mick Malthouse

Jon Pierik While many in the football world continue to debate Carlton's likely finish this season, coach Michael Malthouse believes his Blues are ready to challenge the league's elite.

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Anthony Koutoufides says Richmond Tigers have mental hurdles against Carlton Blues

No place to hide: Richmond?s Brett Deledio and Chris Newman after the elimination final loss against Carlton last September.

Jon Pierik Carlton great Anthony Koutoufides says Richmond has been scarred by last year’s two fade-outs against the Blues.

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Matthew Kreuzer is determined to honour Carlton's greats in the club's 150th year

Leading by example: Matthew Kreuzer.

Jon Pierik Star reminded of Carlton's greats.when he heads from fitness centre to main entrance.

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Dale Thomas ruled out of Blues side

Carlton's Dale Thomas

Jon Pierik Dale Thomas will not step out for Carlton in Saturday’s NAB Challenge clash against North Melbourne due to a chest infection.

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Dale Thomas to miss Carlton's first NAB Challenge game against North Melbourne with chest infection

Dale Thomas.

Jon Pierik Dale Thomas will not step out for Carlton against North Melbourne on Saturday.

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Demons' Jack Watts ready to take on elite

jack watts.

Jon Pierik Enjoying life under a new regime, Jack Watts says is ready to play a key role in a revamped midfield.

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Carlton getting closer to contract extension with skipper Marc Murphy

Marc Murphy

Jon Pierik Carlton moves to lock away captain Marc Murphy on a new long-term deal.

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Carlton unlikely to change defensive game plan, says head of coaching Robert Wiley

Wiley competitor: Carlton's head of coaching, Robert Wiley, talks to players at training.

Jon Pierik Blues will hope for better disposal efficiency; 70 per cent last season meant they ranked 18th.

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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 coaches: who is under most pressure?

Gold Coast Suns coach Guy Mckenna.

Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane Which coach will feel the heat most from club and supporters this season?

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Mick Malthouse admits his unabashed admiration for Dale Thomas

Mick Malthouse

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse says he loves Dale Thomas "as a son" but insists the former Magpie will not be given preferential treatment.