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.

Blues will soon 'draw blood'

Mick Malthouse

Jon Pierik Coach Mick Malthouse insists team has improved and will soon defeat an elite team.

Finals blow for Blues: Lachie out for season

Lachie Henderson

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.

Laidler's dash a sign of Blues' buzz

Chris Judd flies high at training.

Jon Pierik Clever defender had a wretched 2012 campaign, dislocating his left knee thrice.

AFL

Finger injury scare for Waite

Jarrad Waite is set to return.

Jon Pierik CARLTON key forward Jarrad Waite has left training with a finger injury but appears to have escaped serious injury.

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 coaches: the class of 2013

AFL coaches.

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.

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AFL

Leading Blue dumped for Magpie clash

Omitted: Nick Duigan is out of the Carlton team to play Collingwood.

Jon Pierik Hard-nosed defender Nick Duigan a surprise axing by Carlton after one match.

Blues fume about tackle on Carrazzo

Sam Lonergan tackles Carlton's Marc Murphy.

Jon Pierik Blues' midfielder suffers fractured shoulder and out for up to two months.

AFL

Ablett knee adds to horror list of injuries

Hop it: Gary Ablett is helped from the ground.

Jon Pierik Scott Pendlebury emerges as Brownlow favourite after injury to Suns captain.

AFL

Walker to return for Blues, but Laidler is sidelined

Andrew Walker.

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.

Football

Blues set sights on atonement in the west

Jon Pierik Coach Brett Ratten has urged his team not to become football's version of the Big Dipper.

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.

Big Blue brewing over Carlton, Malthouse link

Brett Ratten and Mick Malthouse

Jon Pierik, Matt Murnane Carlton is incensed at Eddie McGuire's suggestion Mick Malthouse would be a good fit for the Blues.

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The unpopular view: sticking with Ratten

Jon-Pierik-sport-dinks

Jon Pierik Criticism of Brett Ratten has come with gunfire speed - but does it really warrant his sacking?

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Russell on the rebound

Jordan Russell

Jon Pierik Jordan Russell ''hurt'' by missing selection in last year's finals series.

AFL

Preview: NAB Cup Round 1, Week 2

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.

Jamison is over his injury blues

Michael Jamison

Jon Pierik Carlton defender continues to make strong progress in his comeback.

Stars out for Blues, Demons

Carlton Logo

Jon Pierik Carlton, Melbourne dealt major blows on the eve of the AFL season.

Tigers, Blues to make a statement

Carlton coach Brett Ratten.

Jon Pierik Season-opener a chance to make a statement of intent for the season.

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Football

A Chris to build a dream on

Carlton AFL family day at VISY Park today - Chris Judd and Marc Murphy on stage in front of the fans
Photo Pat Scala The Age
Sunday the 19th of February 2012

Jon Pierik There has barely been a moment when Chris Judd has not had to deal with expectations.