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.

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Time to lay off criticism of the game, says Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley

Jon Pierik Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley fears the narrative around the sport has become too negative, with the blanket broadcast coverage contributing to the problem.

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Josh Bootsma sacked by Carlton

Josh Bootsma

Jon Pierik and Caroline Wilson Carlton youngster Josh Bootsma has become the first AFL player to be sacked for social media misconduct, after the Blues terminated his contract on Tuesday.

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Malthouse not fazed over contract negotiations with Blues

malthouse

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 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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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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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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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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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...

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Mick Malthouse defends Blues' game plan

Mick Malthouse: ‘‘It’s not those who inflict the most, but those that endure the most, that shall prevail.’’

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...

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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