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.

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.

AFL

Kade Simpson re-signs for two years at Carlton

Up the Blues: Carlton’s Kade Simpson joins the fun at World Down Syndrome Day on Friday.

Jon Pierik The Blues half-back, who is flourishing under Mick Malthouse, is proud he will finish his career as a one-club player.

Bryce Gibbs caps season with top honour

A cut above the rest: Bryce Gibbs:

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Michael Malthouse says Bryce Gibbs is striving for excellence after the midfielder claimed his maiden best and fairest.

AFL

Blues finish strongly to upset Kangaroos

Carlton's Marc Murphy gathers the ball as Levi Greenwood approaches.

Jon Pierik For those who wondered whether Mick Malthouse would find a reason to crack a smile this week, the answer came quickly.

Nick Graham ready to grab his chance with Blues

Emerging Carlton speedster Nick Graham says he is keen to prove his worth.

Jon Pierik Having been mentioned by his club president as a potential key contributor of the future, emerging Carlton speedster Nick Graham says he is keen to prove his worth, and hopes to secure a new contract...

AFL

Re-signed Chris Yarran wants Carlton united against Collingwood

Carlton's Chris Yarran has re-signed until the end of 2016.

Jon Pierik Having re-signed for a further two years, Carlton playmaker Chris Yarran says his team needs to make a statement against Collingwood on Sunday night, and has urged the Blues to embrace more of a team...

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

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.

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Malthouse rates Carlton's win over West Coast one of his best

Mick Malthouse and Dale Thomas celebrate the win.

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse labelled a stunning come-from-behind win over the West Coast Eagles as one of the best of his career.

AFL

Better ball use turns the Blues into winners

Gibbs

Jon Pierik There are many statistics and advanced metrics teams can turn to these days to justify about anything on the football field.

AFL

Blues keep fires burning on win mentality

Blues players buck the winter chill at their pre-season training camp amid the snowfields of Arizona, US.

Jon Pierik Coach Mick Malthouse and his panel know the players are warming to their primary task.

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

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.

AFL

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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Mick Malthouse admits his unabashed admiration for Dale Thomas

Mick Malthouse

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse says he loves Dale Thomas "as a son" but insists the former Magpie will not be given preferential treatment.

AFL

Dale Thomas to debut for Carlton against Adelaide in NAB Challenge

Dale Thomas.

Jon Pierik Former Magpie set to play his first game for Blues after missing opener due to chest infection.

AFL

Anthony Koutoufides says Richmond Tigers have mental hurdles against Carlton Blues

Jon Pierik Carlton great Anthony Koutoufides says Richmond has been scarred by last year’s two fade-outs against the Blues and faces a critical moment when the two teams clash on Thursday.

AFL

Anthony Koutoufides says Richmond Tigers have mental hurdles against Carlton Blues

No place to hide: Richmond?s Brett Deledio and Chris Newman after the elimination final loss against Carlton last September.

Jon Pierik Carlton great Anthony Koutoufides says Richmond has been scarred by last year’s two fade-outs against the Blues.

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...

Football

Push for new concussion measures

Kade Simpson

Jon Pierik The manner in which AFL clubs handle concussed players could improve next season.