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

Mick Malthouse defends Blues' game plan

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has full confidence in his game plan of three decades and has urged his players to embrace a quote delivered by the lord mayor of Cork during the Irish War of...

AFL

Carlton's youngsters in running to debut against winless Demons

Patrick Cripps

Jon Pierik As Carlton looks to regroup ahead of Saturday's clash against fellow winless side Melbourne, the Blues will consider unveiling two of the youngsters they hope will eventually form part of their next...

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.

AFL

AFL may step in and prevent Marley Williams from playing in home-and-away season

Marley Williams.

Jon Pierik Collingwood defender Marley Williams could yet be forced to the sidelines, with the AFL revealing it will meet with the Magpies and rule on whether he should be allowed to play while awaiting...

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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.

AFL

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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Richmond dares to dream

Veteran Richmond defender Chris Newman has known more than many what it feels like to be idle in September.

Jon Pierik Tigers legend Francis Bourke wants success for his three-year-old grandson.

AFL

Injured Carlton stars train but Blues will not carry passengers

Jon Pierik Carlton stars Chris Judd, Heath Scotland and Brock McLean trained well on Saturday, but the Blues maintain they won't take any injured players into Sunday's blockbuster elimination final against...

AFL

Judd's quality faded but not extinguished

Chris Judd at a training session on Saturday.

Jon Pierik Dual Brownlow medallist is not the consistent force he once was.

AFL

Welcome to the Tigers' ninthmare

Carlton's Jarrad Waite roars after a goal against Richmond on Sunday.

Jon Pierik Carlton president Stephen Kernahan declares Blues have regained respect of rival clubs after win.

AFL

Tame Blues stretched as class wins

Which way?: Carlton's Marc Murphy takes a one-hand mark over Swan Craig Bird.

Jon Pierik Battered Swans secure four-goal win and book preliminary-final berth against Fremantle.

AFL

Blues want Betts 'at the right price'

Eddie Betts.

Jon Pierik and Michael Gleeson Goalsneak can pursue significant offers from Adelaide and North Melbourne.

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Got 'em

Essendon v Carlton

Jon Pierik Carlton hands out a hammering to Essendon, with a first-half that blows its rivals away.

Judd needs more help: Malthouse

Chris Judd and Mick Malthouse.

Jon Pierik New Blues coach says one of his most pressing tasks will be to lift standards of champion midfielder's teammates.

Analysis finds Blues similar to 2006 Cats

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse.

Jon Pierik Mick Malthouse may have inherited Carlton team similar to Geelong of 2006.

AFL

Tiger six-pack rates a mention

Sherrin dice.

Jon Pierik If Richmond is looking for evidence it can feature this season in its first finals campaign in more than a decade, this may be it.

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Gibbs hopes Scotland will lift Blues

Carlton's Marc Murphy joins a clinic tug of war.

Jon Pierik Carlton hopes expected return of defender will help improve its composure.

Bombers rally in bid to beat Pies hoodoo

David Zaharakis celebrates his first goal in AFL that gave the Bombers victory on Anzac Day 2009, the team's last win over Collingwood.

Jon Pierik Unbeaten Bombers seek to snap string of five straight thumpings by Collingwood.

AFL

Blues to go on the attack

Essendon's Sam Lonergan tackles Carlton's Marc Murphy.

Jon Pierik Marc Murphy says the Blues are intent on emerging with the necessary vigour required to topple Fremantle and silence a parochial Perth crowd tomorrow night.