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.

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Matthew Kreuzer is determined to honour Carlton's greats in the club's 150th year

Leading by example: Matthew Kreuzer.

Jon Pierik Star reminded of Carlton's greats.when he heads from fitness centre to main entrance.

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Carlton ruckman Matthew Kreuzer says the Blues must stand up

Matthew Kreuzer says he?s fit and the Blues are ready to fire.

Jon Pierik Ruckman reveals he is likely to spend more time as a forward this season.

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Matthew Kreuzer in doubt for semi-final

Carlton's Matthew Kreuzer.

Jon Pierik Carlton ruckman Matthew Kreuzer is in doubt for Saturday night's semi-final against Sydney as he battles a calf complaint.

Waite given the all clear, but career in limbo

Jarrad Waite's three-year contract expires after this season.

Jon Pierik Dumped Carlton forward Jarrad Waite has escaped serious injury as he fights to revive his AFL career.

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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...

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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

Marc Murphy growing into leadership role

Marc Murphy

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

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Chris Judd will play more pre-season games

Jon Pierik Carlton will ramp up Chris Judd's game time through the NAB Challenge in a bid to have him physically hardened for round one.

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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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Dale Thomas ruled out of Blues side

Carlton's Dale Thomas

Jon Pierik Dale Thomas will not step out for Carlton in Saturday’s NAB Challenge clash against North Melbourne due to a chest infection.

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Dale Thomas to miss Carlton's first NAB Challenge game against North Melbourne with chest infection

Dale Thomas.

Jon Pierik Dale Thomas will not step out for Carlton against North Melbourne on Saturday.

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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.

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Former high-flyer Warwick Capper hoping for a big year from Carlton's Dale Thomas

Dale Thomas of the Blues is tackled by Adam Cooney

Jon Pierik Dale Thomas has attracted many new admirers since joining Carlton - including one of the most colourful full-forwards in VFL-AFL history.

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.

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Tiger six-pack rates a mention

Sherrin dice.

Jon Pierik If Richmond is looking for evidence it can feature this season in its first finals campaign in more than a decade, this may be it.

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Absent Betts gives Pies cause to smile

Eddie Betts

Jon Pierik Dynamic small forward is ruled out of Sunday's blockbuster at the MCG.

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Victory especially sweet for Magpies

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse shows he is unhappy with the state of play.

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse laments his team's on-field smarts and work ethic.

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Carey's Carlton warning

Not a good feeling: Carlton captain Marc Murphy leads the team back after losing to Geelong.

Jon Pierik AFL great suggests Mick Malthouse may have to alter his defensive game plan.

Test for Blues before break

Mick Malthouse.

Jon Pierik Carlton coach says next fortnight will be major test of Blues' development.

AFL

Blues warm to their task

Too quick: Speedy Blue Jeff Garlett, who kicked four goals, gives diving Giant Adam Kennedy the slip

Jon Pierik After a slow start, Carlton gets on with the job of swamping GWS.