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 give Chris Judd something to think about

Jon Pierik While it has not been the best of weeks for the Blues, Chris Judd has revealed greater on-field commitment from his teammates has given him a reason to consider playing on next season.

Chris Judd's statistics suggest he should play on

Since returning in round 13 from a hamstring strain, Chris Judd is averaging 21 disposals, including 11 contested, five clearances, four tackles, four inside 50s and 1.4 score assists a game.

Jon Pierik While there is a growing expectation Chris Judd will retire this year, the Carlton champion's statistics suggest he should seriously consider playing on next year.

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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.

Chris Judd's return delayed

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

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

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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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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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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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Blues playing best football in 18 months, says Malthouse

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Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has declared his team is playing its best football in his 18 months in charge, and has revealed his list won't be pruned as heavily as last year when this season's review...

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Carlton's issues run deeper than poor skills

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Jon Pierik Relatively content after a fortnight of encouraging performances, but not wins, against Geelong and Hawthorn, Mick Malthouse declared on Friday the Blues were playing their best football in the 18...

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GWS Giants duo Jeremy Cameron and Tom Scully ruled out of clash with Carlton Blues

Out of action: Tom Scully won’t suit up for the Giants against Carlton.

Andrew Wu, Jon Pierik Greater Western Sydney have been dealt two massive blows with Jeremy Cameron and Tom Scully both ruled out of Sunday's game against Carlton.

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Geelong hopeful Corey Enright and Tom Lonergan will return from injury to face Carlton

Corey Enright, seen here celebrating a goal against the Kangaroos in round 10, is expected to be fit to face Carlton.

Jon Pierik Geelong is hopeful defenders Tom Lonergan and Corey Enright will resume against Carlton on Friday night, while Allen Christensen is set to make his comeback after a pre-season marred by hip and back...

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Malthouse not fazed over contract negotiations with Blues

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Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse says he is not concerned that contract renegotiations have yet to open, declaring he didn't expect to have secured an extension by now.

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Carlton coach Mick Malthouse calls for respect between players and umpires

Mick Malthouse wants relations between players and umpires to be like those in rugby union.

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse says skipper Marc Murphy was disrespected by an AFL umpire, declaring relations between players and the game’s adjudicators needs major improvement.

Stephen Kernahan: Hits, misses and reflections on 29 years at Carlton

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Jon Pierik As he steps aside after 29 years in an official capacity at Carlton, either as a player, assistant coach or board director, Stephen Kernahan reflects on some of the key moments.

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Undermanned Hawks spoil Blues' party

Levi Casboult and Matt Spangher in an off-the-ball tussle.

Jon Pierik It’s a weekend of celebration for Carlton, with the Blues hosting their 150th anniversary dinner on Saturday night.

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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.