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

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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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 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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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 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.

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Fevola unloads on Blues and Thomas

Brendan Fevola.

Jon Pierik Appearing to still be bitter at his former club, Brendan Fevola has criticised Carlton for recruiting Dale Thomas, losing Eddie Betts and has even questioned the value of the Chris Judd trade.

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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.

Blues in crisis but Malthouse backs himself

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse

AFL

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...

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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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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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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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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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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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Pre-season has whiff of 2010 premiership year, says re-signed Magpie Dane Swan

Dane Swan in action during a Collingwood pre-season intra-club match at Olympic Park on Saturday.

Jon Pierik Collingwood champion will remain with the club for life, having signed till 2016.

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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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Tuohy happy with the Blues

Zach Tuohy

Jon Pierik While retaining Ireland's hold on the international rules series is his immediate focus, Zach Tuohy is already thinking about where he thinks Carlton should be placed next season.