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.
Jon Pierik Coach Mick Malthouse insists team has improved and will soon defeat an elite team.
Jon Pierik Carlton's hopes of pushing for a finals berth have been dealt a blow with key defender Lachie Henderson ruled out for the rest of the season because of a groin injury.
Jon Pierik Clever defender had a wretched 2012 campaign, dislocating his left knee thrice.
Jon Pierik CARLTON key forward Jarrad Waite has left training with a finger injury but appears to have escaped serious injury.
Jon Pierik Mick Malthouse may have inherited Carlton team similar to Geelong of 2006.
Compiled by Rohan Connolly and Jon Pierik Rohan Connolly and Jon Pierik take a look at the men guiding the 18 teams in the AFL fray.
Jon Pierik Hard-nosed defender Nick Duigan a surprise axing by Carlton after one match.
Jon Pierik Blues' midfielder suffers fractured shoulder and out for up to two months.
Jon Pierik Scott Pendlebury emerges as Brownlow favourite after injury to Suns captain.
Jon Pierik Exciting Blues forward Andrew Walker will return to the Carlton line-up this week, but promising defender Jeremy Laidler will join Andrew Carazzo on the sidelines.
Jon Pierik Coach Brett Ratten has urged his team not to become football's version of the Big Dipper.
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.
Jon Pierik, Matt Murnane Carlton is incensed at Eddie McGuire's suggestion Mick Malthouse would be a good fit for the Blues.
Jon Pierik Criticism of Brett Ratten has come with gunfire speed - but does it really warrant his sacking?
Jon Pierik Jordan Russell ''hurt'' by missing selection in last year's finals series.
Ashley Porter and Jon Pierik This afternoon's triple-header between Port Adelaide, Adelaide and Carlton will close out the first round of the NAB Cup.
Jon Pierik Carlton defender continues to make strong progress in his comeback.
Jon Pierik Carlton, Melbourne dealt major blows on the eve of the AFL season.
Jon Pierik Season-opener a chance to make a statement of intent for the season.
Jon Pierik There has barely been a moment when Chris Judd has not had to deal with expectations.