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.

Carlton star Dale Thomas escapes serious injury

Dale Thomas is in the frame to play Port Adelaide on Friday night.

Jon Pierik Carlton star Dale Thomas has escaped serious injury to his reconstructed right ankle, and remains in the frame to play against Port Adelaide on Friday night.

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Dale Thomas to debut for Carlton against Adelaide in NAB Challenge

Dale Thomas.

Jon Pierik Former Magpie set to play his first game for Blues after missing opener due to chest infection.

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Dale Thomas comes up roses after first Blues hit-out

Dale Thomas came through unscathed in his first game for Carlton.

Jon Pierik Former Magpie has reason to smile after emerging unscathed from his first match with Carlton.

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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.

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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.

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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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Dale Thomas confident of fresh start at Carlton

Collingwood AFL training , Dale Thomas running laps
Photo Pat Scala The Age
Tuesday the 30th of July 2013

Jon Pierik Dale Thomas says he has endured a "tough couple of years" at Collingwood but looks forward to reinvigorating his career at Carlton next season.

Blues have improved in three areas, says Malthouse

Mick Malthouse with Dale Thomas.

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has identified three areas in which the Blues have improved as they begin plotting a strong pre-season in a bid to have a more successful 2015.

Jeff Garlett in mix for recall, says Mick Malthouse

Jeff Garlett.

Jon Pierik Mick Malthouse says Jeff Garlett "is certainly in the mix" for a recall against Port Adelaide on Friday night, as the small forward and Mitch Robinson fight to regain the respect of their teammates.

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Carlton's issues run deeper than poor skills

Jon Pierik

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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Better ball use turns the Blues into winners

Gibbs

Jon Pierik There are many statistics and advanced metrics teams can turn to these days to justify about anything on the football field.

Greg Swann's Carlton exit shows how elusive the premiership can be

Greg Swann

Jon Pierik That Carlton has closed the door on another era without adding a 17th flag only reinforces how difficult it is to win a premiership.

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Waite says he has good football ahead

Jarrad Waite

Jon Pierik Having rebounded in the past fortnight from a "clip over the ear", Carlton forward Jarrad Waite says this year is about proving he is in strong physical shape as he seeks a contract extension.

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Collingwood CEO Gary Pert predicts Pie flag within three years

Collingwood chief executive Gary Pert.

Jon Pierik Collingwood chief executive Gary Pert has heightened expectations at his powerful club, declaring the Magpies expect to win a premiership within the next three years.

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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Kade Simpson re-signs for two years at Carlton

Up the Blues: Carlton’s Kade Simpson joins the fun at World Down Syndrome Day on Friday.

Jon Pierik The Blues half-back, who is flourishing under Mick Malthouse, is proud he will finish his career as a one-club player.

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Matthew Lloyd reckons Bryce Gibbs not worth $700,000

Carlton's Bryce Gibbs is tackled by Ben Griffiths of RIchmond during Thursday's match.

Jon Pierik Essendon great Matthew Lloyd says Bryce Gibbs is not in the class of a Patrick Dangerfield or Joel Selwood, as Carlton confirmed its board of directors would will not make a pitch to the talented...

Blues in crisis but Malthouse backs himself

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse

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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.