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

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...

AFL

Matthew Lloyd reckons Bryce Gibbs not worth $700,000

Carlton's Bryce Gibbs is tackled by Ben Griffiths of RIchmond during Thursday's match.

Jon Pierik Essendon great Matthew Lloyd says Bryce Gibbs is not in the class of a Patrick Dangerfield or Joel Selwood, as Carlton confirmed its board of directors would will not make a pitch to the talented...

AFL

Cats not ready to fall off the perch, says Bartel

Fronting up: Geelong champion Jimmy Bartel has some tips for Warrnambool West Primary pupils.

Jon Pierik Jimmy Bartel may be preparing for another significant milestone and a change of position and leadership, but the Geelong champion has declared the Cats are not ready to "fall off the perch".

AFL

Cats expect Selwood to be fit for season opener

Joel Selwood.

Jon Pierik Geelong coach Chris Scott insists Joel Selwood will be fine to play in round one.

Allen Christensen to miss half the season

Allen Christensen

Jon Pierik Geelong midfielder Allen Christensen is set to miss the opening half of the season after having back surgery on Friday.

AFL

Travis Cloke not considered elite by Champion Data

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 12:  Travis Cloke of the Magpies reacts after missing a goal during the round 16 AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Adelaide Crows at Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 12, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Jon Pierik Travis Cloke may be regarded as the premier power forward in the AFL, but a deeper analysis of his game has meant he is not classified as one of the league's elite players.

AFL

Buddy 'must earn' pay as ambassador

Lance Franklin

Jon Pierik AFL boss Andrew Demetriou says Lance Franklin must prove he is willing to earn his keep.

AFL

Tigers, Blues miss All-Australian nod

Gary Ablett.

Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane Two of the eight AFL finalists have no players in the initial squad of 40.

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AFL

Tigers' contract fight

Dustin Martin.

Jon Pierik and Caroline Wilson EXCLUSIVE Richmond is fighting to retain two of its key young stars, Reece Conca and Dustin Martin.

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AFL

Lost form, not curse, is the issue for Scott

Geelong coach Chris Scott.

Peter Hanlon and Jon Pierik Chris Scott has given Hawthorn further reason to believe it can defeat Geelong.

AFL

Players' new man

Tom Petroro

Jon Pierik Tom Petroro has joined the AFL Players Association agents accreditation board.

Cats determined to stay a force: Carter

Geelong celebrate their win over Carlton

Jon Pierik Geelong president Colin Carter says the Cats are determined to remain a strong team in the next three years as the club continues to circle Travis Boak.

Boak a done deal, says Tredrea

Travis Boak.

Jon Pierik Claims that emerging midfielder has re-signed with Port Adelaide.

Scott lauds season's best display

Stretching out: Geelong’s Paul Chapman attempts to mark in front of Dustin Fletcher last night.

Jon Pierik Geelong reminds football world it remains a legitimate premiership threat.

AFL

Ablett scoops player award

Gold Coast captain Gary Ablett

Jon Pierik Gary Ablett continues to show why he remains one of the game's greatest talents.

The face of football

The ace: Geelong forward Tom Hawkins.

Jon Pierik Nathan Buckley believes franchising is a good way to move away from constraints.

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AFL

Bartel is not prepared to accept Geelong demise

Jimmy Bartel

Jon Pierik Jimmy Bartel looked very much the part modelling a range of suits last week.

AFL

Williams appeal on brain damage

Greg Willliams

Jon Pierik GREG WILLIAMS says he has gone public with his revelations of brain damage in a bid to help footballers of all ages.

How the Judd deal works

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Jon Pierik THE AFL and Carlton have organised a deal allowing more than half of Chris Judd's contentious payments as a Visy ambassador to be paid as part of the Blues' injury payments allowance.

Football

AFL in denial on concussion, says Williams

Greg Williams.

Jon Pierik Greg Williams says he has gone public with his revelations of brain damage in a bid to help footballers of all ages.

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