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.

Melbourne puts forward Mitch Clark on indefinite leave over health issues

Jon Pierik Melbourne forward Mitch Clark has been granted indefinite leave from the club to deal with his personal health.

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Demon Mitch Clark retires from football

Mitch Clark

Jon Pierik Mitch Clark's AFL career is over, with the Melbourne forward retiring on Tuesday because of clinical depression.

Melbourne hopes to retain James Frawley, despite stinging attack from club legend Garry Lyon

James Frawley of the Demons (right) tries to shrug off a tackle against the Western Bulldogs.

Jon Pierik Melbourne great Garry Lyon has launched a stinging appraisal of prospective Demons free agent James Frawley.

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Jack Grimes and Nathan Jones to co-captain Melbourne

Nathan Jones and Jack Grimes aim to help the Demons deliver this season.

Jon Pierik Melbourne elects Nathan Jones to partner incumbent Jack Grimes as joint skipper.

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Who will step forward?

Travis Cloke.

Jon Pierik How hard is it to find forwards of the highest quality? According to the AFL's chief statisticians, only seven clubs have them.

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Chris Judd to miss Carlton's first two rounds due to Achilles tendon surgery

Chris Judd

Jon Pierik Carlton champion Chris Judd will miss at least the opening two rounds after he undergos surgery.

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Paul Roos sticks to his game plan

Demons coach Paul Roos speaks to the media on Monday.

Jon Pierik Melbourne coach tells his players they will be moved on unless there is improvement on the field.

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Jesse Hogan's training knee injury sends scare through Demons' camp

Jesse Hogan of the Melbourne Demons.

Jon Pierik A shudder went through the Demons camp on Friday when the young forward hurt his knee at training.

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Future of Swans' key big men still uncertain

Shane Mumford

Jon Pierik The Swans will head into the finals with two of their key big men still off contract. Ruckman Shane Mumford and forward Jesse White have yet to broker new deals, although discussions have begun.

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Easy, Tiger: Cloke on hold

Travis Cloke

Jake Niall and Jon Pierik Richmond says it believes Travis Cloke will stay with the Magpies.

Demons confirm Cloke room

Travis Cloke

Jon Pierik Demons will target a key forward during trade period and are the best-placed club to snare Travis Cloke.

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Demons to cash up for trade-fest

Demons logo

Jon Pierik Melbourne vows to be major player during trade and free agency periods and calls on supporters to help.

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The face of football

The ace: Geelong forward Tom Hawkins.

Jon Pierik Nathan Buckley believes franchising is a good way to move away from constraints.

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AFL coaches: the class of 2013

AFL coaches.

Compiled by Rohan Connolly and Jon Pierik Rohan Connolly and Jon Pierik take a look at the men guiding the 18 teams in the AFL fray.

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Sylvia looks to be prime mover

Colin Sylvia.

Jon Pierik Melbourne co-captain Jack Grimes says midfielder Colin Sylvia has the ability to be 'almost unstoppable'.

Cooney likely for round one

Jon Pierik Bulldogs midfielder expected to be discharged from hospital on Sunday.

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Lyon slams Dees' lack of courage

Fury: A Demons fan vents his anger.

Jon Pierik Demons' president Don McLardy laments there's no ''miracle'' cure for the club's woes.

Demons burning with ambition: McLardy

Don McLardy

Jon Pierik New Melbourne president says this year's campaign about regaining lost credibility.

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Young Demon demoted after being late to training

Jon Pierik Melbourne coach Mark Neeld wastes little time enforcing his no-nonsense style.

Demon defender out two weeks

Jon Pierik Jack Grimes avoids what initially was feared as season-ending shoulder injury.