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

Staging: Jarrad Waite cited, Jordan Lewis embarrassed

Jon Pierik Players have been reminded they risk a reprimand and fines for staging, after Carlton's Jarrad Waite was cited by the match review panel.

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Jarrad Waite set to finally resume in VFL

Jarrad Waite

Jon Pierik Carlton key forward Jarrad Waite moves closer to an AFL return this Sunday when he resumes playing.

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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.

AFL

Carlton can challenge top-four sides in two years, says coach Mick Malthouse

Mick Malthouse

Jon Pierik Mick Malthouse will join the legendary John Kennedy snr as the fourth-oldest man to coach an AFL team when Carlton tackles the Western Bulldogs on Sunday.

AFL

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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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.

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

Carlton ruckman Matthew Kreuzer says the Blues must stand up

Matthew Kreuzer says he?s fit and the Blues are ready to fire.

Jon Pierik Ruckman reveals he is likely to spend more time as a forward this season.

AFL

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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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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Who will step forward?

Travis Cloke.

Jon Pierik How hard is it to find forwards of the highest quality? According to the AFL's chief statisticians, only seven clubs have them.

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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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Bruised Blues keen to deal to get Boyd

Tom Boyd.

Jon Pierik Carlton declares interest in doing deal to claim top pick in this year's national draft.

AFL

Blues won't trade Gibbs or Kreuzer

Carlton's coach Mick Malthouse talks to the media.

Jon Pierik Blues coach Mick Malthouse declares former top draft picks "untouchable".

AFL

Didak poised for return in bid to play finals

Alan Didak

Jon Pierik and Andrew Wu Collingwood veteran ''on the verge of a return to the field'' and mounting a case to play finals.

AFL

Coach puts onus on Blues

Mick Malthouse

Jon Pierik Mick Malthouse reminds Blues they have won just one premiership since 1990.

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.

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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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Malthouse wary of Crows forward

Jon Pierik The threat posed by a visiting marksman has Mick Malthouse concerned.