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.

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.

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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...

Blues in crisis but Malthouse backs himself

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse

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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.

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Eagles playing a 'dangerous' verbal game, says Carlton's Zach Tuohy

Zach Tuohy:

Jon Pierik Carlton defender Zach Tuohy believes the breakthrough win over the Western Bulldogs has set "set the template" for the season ahead, as the Blues look to build on this momentum against a West Coast...

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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.

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Undermanned Hawks spoil Blues' party

Levi Casboult and Matt Spangher in an off-the-ball tussle.

Jon Pierik It’s a weekend of celebration for Carlton, with the Blues hosting their 150th anniversary dinner on Saturday night.

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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.

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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.

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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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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...

Blues set for a step back

Carlton's Michael Jamison.

Jon Pierik Carlton's defenders ready to welcome and embrace Mick Malthouse's renowned defensive mantra.

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.

Blues shamefaced after loss

Michael Jamison

Jon Pierik Michael Jamison says team refuses to use growing pains with new game plan as excuse.

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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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From kick-out, to goal to torp of the town

Carlton legend Geoff Southby says there is still a place for the torpedo.

Jon Pierik It was something special when Lance Franklin capped a dashing piece of play.

Malthouse wary of Crows forward

Jon Pierik The threat posed by a visiting marksman has Mick Malthouse concerned.

Malthouse laments one that got away

Mick Malthouse

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse, shocked after his Blues were over-run by Essendon on Friday night, has praised the standard of umpiring but suggested a video replay should have been used to clarify a...

AFL

Cheers music to Cloke's ears

Jon Pierik Travis Cloke may be searching for his iPod again to improve his accuracy.

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Murphy lost 3kg after cheek break

Carlton's Marc Murphy and Lachie Henderson during a media conference.

Jon Pierik Carlton skipper was unable to eat properly for three weeks after head clash with Luke Hodge.