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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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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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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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...

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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 in crisis but Malthouse backs himself

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse

Malthouse: Blues set to challenge

Mick Malthouse

Jon Pierik While many in the football world continue to debate Carlton's likely finish this season, coach Michael Malthouse believes his Blues are ready to challenge the league's elite.

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Anthony Koutoufides says Richmond Tigers have mental hurdles against Carlton Blues

Jon Pierik Carlton great Anthony Koutoufides says Richmond has been scarred by last year’s two fade-outs against the Blues and faces a critical moment when the two teams clash on Thursday.

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Anthony Koutoufides says Richmond Tigers have mental hurdles against Carlton Blues

No place to hide: Richmond?s Brett Deledio and Chris Newman after the elimination final loss against Carlton last September.

Jon Pierik Carlton great Anthony Koutoufides says Richmond has been scarred by last year’s two fade-outs against the Blues.

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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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Dale Thomas comes up roses after first Blues hit-out

Dale Thomas came through unscathed in his first game for Carlton.

Jon Pierik Former Magpie has reason to smile after emerging unscathed from his first match with Carlton.

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Carlton ruckman Matthew Kreuzer says the Blues must stand up

Matthew Kreuzer says he?s fit and the Blues are ready to fire.

Jon Pierik Ruckman reveals he is likely to spend more time as a forward this season.

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Dale Thomas ruled out of Blues side

Carlton's Dale Thomas

Jon Pierik Dale Thomas will not step out for Carlton in Saturday’s NAB Challenge clash against North Melbourne due to a chest infection.

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Yarran over a fit of the blues

On the ball: Chris Yarran in full flight during the international rules team's practice match at Parnell Park in Dublin.

Jon Pierik The forward's frustrations of last season, triggered by injury, are now behind him.

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Tuohy happy with the Blues

Zach Tuohy

Jon Pierik While retaining Ireland's hold on the international rules series is his immediate focus, Zach Tuohy is already thinking about where he thinks Carlton should be placed next season.

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Blues keep fires burning on win mentality

Blues players buck the winter chill at their pre-season training camp amid the snowfields of Arizona, US.

Jon Pierik Coach Mick Malthouse and his panel know the players are warming to their primary task.

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Blues' Ed Curnow emerges as AFL's No. 2 tagger

Ryan Crowley confronts Hawthorn's Sam Mitchell during the 2013 grand final.

Jon Pierik The hard-working Curnow won 15 of his 18 match-ups last season.

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Season over for Thomas as Blues wait in wings

Dale Thomas.

Jon Pierik Carlton makes official contact with Dale Thomas' management, as midfielder out for season.

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Tigers, Blues miss All-Australian nod

Gary Ablett.

Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane Two of the eight AFL finalists have no players in the initial squad of 40.

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