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.

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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...

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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Kangaroos positive on Dal Santo

Still in the mix: Nick Dal Santo.

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

Confident Kangaroos plan to ruffle feathers

Andrew Swallow.

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

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.

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Travis Cloke still keeps defender awake at night

Brent Harvey plays Pied Piper at North’s family day.

Jon Pierik While Wayne Carey has called for Travis Cloke to be ''stronger upstairs'', the Collingwood forward's likely opponent on Saturday says he was unlikely to have a relaxing sleep heading into the...

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Brad Scott says Roos can handle Brent Macaffer

 Brent Macaffer

Jon Pierik Collingwood tagger Brent Macaffer has arguably had more publicity this week than through his entire career, with his exploits - and tactics - in becoming a master tagger dominating headlines.

Glenn Archer scrapped the Hird-Archer medal

North Melbourne legend Glenn Archer

Jon Pierik Glenn Archer, North Melbourne's Shinboner of the century, has revealed he approached Kangaroos' officials over summer to have the medal named after himself and Essendon great James Hird scrapped.

Tom Bell ready to step up for Carlton, says teammate Kade Simpson

Carlton's Tom Bell

Jon Pierik Carlton vice-captain Kade Simpson believes Tom Bell, a man likened in size and even pace to retired star Anthony Koutoufides, has shown why he could become a regular senior selection this season.

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Melbourne star Nathan Jones is confident the new-look Dees will improve

Melbourne's Nathan Jones.

Jon Pierik Midfielder confident revamped training program will help Demons rebound this season.

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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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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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Dale Thomas to miss Carlton's first NAB Challenge game against North Melbourne with chest infection

Dale Thomas.

Jon Pierik Dale Thomas will not step out for Carlton against North Melbourne on Saturday.

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Dal Santo looks for a major change

Nick Dal Santo

Jon Pierik Free-agent recruit reveals a desire to become more of a goal-kicking option next season.

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Pies winning off-field war, but the in-fighting rages on

Dale Thomas

Jon Pierik Nathan Buckley appears to shift from one crisis to another at Collingwood this season.

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Hale and hearty

Second coming: David Hale has thrived as a forward and ruckman since joining Hawthorn from North Melbourne.

Jon Pierik Hawk attributes his form to finding the right balance between the "bubble" and life outside.

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Talking shop

Leigh Montagna.

Jon Pierik Star St Kilda midfielder Leigh Montagna could be on his way out of the club as he weighs up the prospect of on-field success elsewhere.

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Brayshaw on attack over Swans

James Brayshaw.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne chairman turns the heat on departing Sydney counterpart Richard Colless.

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