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.

AFL

Kangaroos: We want the Blues on Good Friday

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

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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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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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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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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Demons seek out Roos, but he's not ready

Paul Roos.

Jon Pierik Paul Roos has told Melbourne he is not ready to coach ''at the moment".

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Kernahan may stay for one more year

A year to go: Stephen Kernahan (right) with Chris Judd.

Caroline Wilson and Jon Pierik Carlton's presidential succession plan has hit a significant hurdle.

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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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Time for Blues to make a stand

Mick Malthouse.

Jon Pierik It's time for Carlton to make a "big picture" statement - on the field.

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Tick-tock, Ratten safe for a week

Brett Ratten

Jon Pierik Carlton president Stephen Kernahan accuses players of treating trip to Gold Coast as a holiday.

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Richardson praises 'optimistic and positive' Ratten

Blueprint: Carlton coach Brett Ratten  outlines his tactics

Jon Pierik CARLTON assistant coach Alan Richardson says Brett Ratten still has the support of his players and has praised his resilience during a bruising week.

Carlton keeps Ratten out of spotlight

Brett Ratten

Jon Pierik Blues announce that coach's scheduled media conference for this morning cancelled.

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Board split as Roos looms as dark horse

Paul Roos

Jon Pierik While Mick Malthouse is the favourite to replace Brett Ratten as coach of Carlton next season, there are Blues board members who believe Paul Roos could yet be the saviour.

McGuire fears for Mick's health

Eddie McGuire and coach Mick Malthouse

Jon Pierik Collingwood president Eddie McGuire fears for the health of Mick Malthouse if he accepts an offer to coach Carlton next season.

AFL

'Coach' Roos: no means no

Paul Roos.

Jon Pierik While there is support for Paul Roos from the Carlton board, it appears the feeling is not reciprocated.