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.

Carlton legend Stephen Kernahan leaves with no regrets

Jon Pierik As his six-year term as Carlton president comes to a close, Stephen Kernahan says has no regrets, declaring “premierships aren’t just given out”.

Stephen Kernahan: Hits, misses and reflections on 29 years at Carlton

Stephen Kernahan.

Jon Pierik As he steps aside after 29 years in an official capacity at Carlton, either as a player, assistant coach or board director, Stephen Kernahan reflects on some of the key moments.

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A rivalry of note: Carlton versus Kangaroos

2012: Chris Judd feuls the tradition.

Jon Pierik There is something about the history between the Blues and Kangaroos which long-time observers believe deserves greater credence

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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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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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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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Blues reluctant to play more Sunday nights

Jon Pierik Less than 25,000 people attended Blues' opening home clash of the season at Etihad Stadium.

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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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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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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...

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Tom Elliott could run for Blues' top job

Old Dark Navy Blues: Stephen Kernahan and John Elliott when Kernahan was Carlton captain and Elliott president.

Jon Pierik Tom Elliott, the son of former Carlton president John Elliott, has not ruled out challenging for the Blues' presidency, as club powerbrokers agitate publicly and behind the scenes for change.

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Tom Elliott and Fraser Brown discuss Carlton's future

Tom Elliott.

Jon Pierik Tom Elliott wants to know which direction the new Carlton president will take the club before deciding whether to run for the top job, possibly with the help of disgruntled former premiership player...

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Kangaroos: We want the Blues on Good Friday

Carlton and North Melbourne players at the Royal Children's Hospital for the Good Friday Appeal.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne chairman James Brayshaw insists his club deserves to launch Good Friday football and says Carlton is the Kangaroos' preferred opponent.

New Blues president Mark LoGiudice wants a grand era of success

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Jon Pierik New Carlton president Mark LoGiudice has declared he wants the Blues to return to their grand years of premiership success, having been officially elevated into the top job.

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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Welcome to the Tigers' ninthmare

Carlton's Jarrad Waite roars after a goal against Richmond on Sunday.

Jon Pierik Carlton president Stephen Kernahan declares Blues have regained respect of rival clubs after win.

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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.

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Salad days for Carlton's finals hero Duigan

Richmond's Alex Rance and Carlton's Nick Duigan

Jon Pierik Carlton utility Nick Duigan was munching on a homemade salad sandwich and almost heading into the MCG crowd when he realised teammate Brock McLean may be a late withdrawal on Sunday.

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Blues want Betts 'at the right price'

Eddie Betts.

Jon Pierik and Michael Gleeson Goalsneak can pursue significant offers from Adelaide and North Melbourne.

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Judd needs more help: Malthouse

Chris Judd and Mick Malthouse.

Jon Pierik New Blues coach says one of his most pressing tasks will be to lift standards of champion midfielder's teammates.