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

Blues skipper Marc Murphy awarded life membership

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Jon Pierik Carlton captain not forgotten at Monday night's annual general meeting.

AFL

Marc Murphy growing into leadership role

Marc Murphy

Jon Pierik Carlton skipper has taken more vocal lead in his second summer in charge.

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.

Kangaroos would welcome uncontracted Waite

Jarrad Waite v Lachie Hansen in round 18:

Jon Pierik North Melbourne defender Lachie Hansen says Jarrad Waite would be welcome at Arden St if he decided to leave Carlton.

AFL

Jarryn Geary signs two-year contract with Saints

On the dotted line: St Kilda has signed defender Jarryn Geary.

Jon Pierik St Kilda has secured a new contract for defender Jarryn Geary, while discussions have opened with fellow defender James Gwilt.

Taylor Hunt puts contract talks with Cats on hold

Taylor Hunt emerged last season as a strong tagger.

Jon Pierik Out-of-favour Geelong midfielder Taylor Hunt has joined a growing list of players to put contract discussions on hold until the end of the season.

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.

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's issues run deeper than poor skills

Jon Pierik

Jon Pierik Relatively content after a fortnight of encouraging performances, but not wins, against Geelong and Hawthorn, Mick Malthouse declared on Friday the Blues were playing their best football in the 18...

AFL

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse calls for respect between players and umpires

Mick Malthouse wants relations between players and umpires to be like those in rugby union.

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse says skipper Marc Murphy was disrespected by an AFL umpire, declaring relations between players and the game’s adjudicators needs major improvement.

AFL

Carlton turns to Lenny Hayes to help Bryce Gibbs grow

Jon Pierik Through his year in the media after leaving Collingwood, and in the days after joining Carlton, Mick Malthouse made it clear if the Blues were to take major strides forward, there needed to be less...

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...

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

Blues players vote on Mick Malthouse's game plan

Man with the plan: Mick Malthouse.

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has taken the unusual step of asking his players whether they wanted to persist with his game plan, as the Blues attempt to resurrect their season in wake of the shocking...

Blues in crisis but Malthouse backs himself

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse

Blues lament pokie king's criticism, urge all club members to stick together

Carlton president Stephen Kernahan.

Jon Pierik Bruce Mathieson may be a billionaire pokies king and a Carlton powerbroker, but Carlton president Stephen Kernahan and captain Marc Murphy made it clear on Monday they were tired of his criticism of...

AFL

Blues in disarray after shock loss

Mick Malthouse.

Jon Pierik Carlton is in crisis after slumping to its fourth straight loss and worst start to the season since 1989, the year coach Robert Walls was sacked.

AFL

Jack Grimes says Demons must build on line-in-the-sand win

Jack Grimes:

Jon Pierik Melbourne co-captain Jack Grimes hopes a breakthrough win against Carlton was a ‘‘line-in-the-sand’’ moment for the Demons, as they take aim at the visiting Gold Coast Suns on...