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.

Kangaroos star hopes Voss can help his game

Jon Pierik As he sat with the green vest on for almost three quarters against Carlton a fortnight ago, Jack Ziebell developed somewhat of a new perspective on the game.

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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 finish strongly to upset Kangaroos

Carlton's Marc Murphy gathers the ball as Levi Greenwood approaches.

Jon Pierik For those who wondered whether Mick Malthouse would find a reason to crack a smile this week, the answer came quickly.

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Skipper Swallow questions Kangaroos' attitude after loss to Carlton

Doubts: Andrew Swallow (left) and Ryan Bastinac.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne captain Andrew Swallow has questioned his team's attitude and has implored his men to get into the face of opponents after the Kangaroos' top-four hopes were jolted by an unexpected...

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Tigers, Kangaroos and Lions could have merged: Ross Oakley

Former AFL chief executive and chairman Ross Oakley.

Jon Pierik Amid the turbulence and mergers debate of football in the 1980s, former AFL chief executive and chairman Ross Oakley has spoken of the death threats he received and has revealed there were...

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Kangaroos pushing for third game in Hobart

Carl Dilena.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne will step up its bid to have a third home game in Hobart when it meets with Tasmanian officials in June.

James Brayshaw: Kangaroos were atrocious

Jon Pierik North Melbourne chairman James Brayshaw has labelled the 39-point loss to Essendon as the club’s worst defeat in the Brad Scott-era and has demanded a ‘‘strong...

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Schwass: Kangaroos should approach umps

Trent Cotchin attempts to take a mark as Brent Macaffer watches keenly.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne premiership star Wayne Schwass has urged the Kangaroos to approach the AFL umpiring department with a dossier of Brent Macaffer's negating tactics as part of a bid to help quell the...

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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.

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Kangaroos positive on Dal Santo

Still in the mix: Nick Dal Santo.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne veteran hopeful the StKilda midfielder would change clubs.

Cats hope Cook won't jump for Kangaroos

Geelong chief executive Brian Cook.

Jon Pierik Geelong president Colin Carter is hopeful Brian Cook will remain as chief executive.

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Kangaroos appoint Carl Dilena as CEO

Carl Dilena

Jon Pierik Carl Dilena, the former North Melbourne player and current board member, has taken over as the Kangaroos' chief executive officer.

Confident Kangaroos plan to ruffle feathers

Andrew Swallow.

Jon Pierik Kangaroos have every right to think four years of rebuilding will be rewarded.

Free agency not great for Saints: Nick Riewoldt

Nick Riewoldt:

Jon Pierik As St Kilda takes the formative steps in its rebuild, skipper Nick Riewoldt admits free agency has not been kind to the Saints and hopes equalisation will help give all clubs a greater chance to lure...

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Roos to shun safe footy: Ziebell

North Melbourne vice-captain Jack Ziebell.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne vice-captain Jack Ziebell has urged his teammates to maintain their attacking mindset.

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Carlton needs obsessive players to revive glory days, says Chris Judd

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Jon Pierik While Chris Judd's playing future remains unclear, he knows exactly the type of person the Blues need if they are to again emerge as an on-field power.

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North's James Brayshaw calls for 20-round AFL fixture

Illustration: Matt Golding

Jon Pierik North Melbourne chairman James Brayshaw has revealed he has privately consulted the AFL Commission about slashing the fixture to 20 rounds in a bid to protect its integrity.

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Waite's strong return delivers a contract curve ball

Jarrad Waite tackles Andrew Swallow of the Kangaroos during Friday's round 18 match.

Jon Pierik Jarrad Waite's stunning return against North Melbourne has provided an added curve ball to the veteran Blues' contract discussions.

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Player congestion an issue even in 1987, reveals Ross Oakley

A multitude of players gather around the ball during a game between Carlton and Adelaide in 2012.

Jon Pierik For those who think the issue of rolling mauls and on-field congestion is something relatively new, or the result of modern trends in coaching, think again.

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Petrie could have been asphyxiated, says sports medico

Hawthorn expects this incident to face match review panel scrutiny.

Jon Pierik and Stathi Paxinos Leading sports medico Dr Peter Larkins was so concerned by Brian Lake's alleged choke on Drew Petrie that he feared the Kangaroos forward could have been asphyxiated.