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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Josh Bootsma given every opportunity at Carlton, says Mick Malthouse

Josh Bootsma

Jon Pierik Mick Malthouse says the Blues gave Josh Bootsma every opportunity to improve his off-field and football life, but the club had little option in the end but to sack him.

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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.

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Mick Malthouse defends Blues' game plan

Mick Malthouse: ‘‘It’s not those who inflict the most, but those that endure the most, that shall prevail.’’

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has full confidence in his game plan of three decades and has urged his players to embrace a quote delivered by the lord mayor of Cork during the Irish War of...

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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.

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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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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...

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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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...

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Time to lay off criticism of the game, says Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley

Nathan Buckley talks to Brent Macaffer during a training session.

Jon Pierik Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley fears the narrative around the sport has become too negative, with the blanket broadcast coverage contributing to the problem.

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Carlton's issues run deeper than poor skills

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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...

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GWS Giants duo Jeremy Cameron and Tom Scully ruled out of clash with Carlton Blues

Out of action: Tom Scully won’t suit up for the Giants against Carlton.

Andrew Wu, Jon Pierik Greater Western Sydney have been dealt two massive blows with Jeremy Cameron and Tom Scully both ruled out of Sunday's game against Carlton.

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Blues playing best football in 18 months, says Malthouse

Mick Malthouse.

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has declared his team is playing its best football in his 18 months in charge, and has revealed his list won't be pruned as heavily as last year when this season's review...

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Better ball use turns the Blues into winners

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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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Cameron Ling the hottest property of the off-season?

Cameron Ling.

Jon Pierik Provided Cameron Ling opts to join the assistant coaching ranks next year, a move he is deliberating, in sharemarket terms he looms as one of the major ''buys'' of this year's off-season.

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Alastair Clarkson unlikely to coach again this season because of Guillain-Barre syndrome, says Ian Stewart

Alastair Clarkson is in hospital with the serious auto-immune condition.

Jon Pierik Triple Brownlow medallist Ian Stewart, still recovering two years after being diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome, says it is "very doubtful" Alastair Clarkson will return to coaching Hawthorn...

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Hawthorn hopeful coach Alastair Clarkson will be back in a month

Jon Pierik and Emma Quayle Hawthorn remains hopeful that Alastair Clarkson will be back in the senior coaching seat in a month, but will not allow him to return to work until he is completely ready.

Greg Swann's Carlton exit shows how elusive the premiership can be

Greg Swann

Jon Pierik That Carlton has closed the door on another era without adding a 17th flag only reinforces how difficult it is to win a premiership.

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Malthouse not fazed over contract negotiations with Blues

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Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse says he is not concerned that contract renegotiations have yet to open, declaring he didn't expect to have secured an extension by now.

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Carlton's Troy Menzel deserved a free kick, admits AFL umpires boss Wayne Campbell

Jon Pierik AFL umpiring director Wayne Campbell has admitted it was an error that Carlton’s Troy Menzel was not paid a free kick in the final minute of Friday night’s clash with Geelong at Etihad...

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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...