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

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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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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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.

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

chris-judd

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 Melbourne footballer Majak Daw charged with rape

AFL North Melbourne football training- Majak Daw. 14th of May 2013 The Age news Picture by JOE ARMAO

Steve Butcher, Cameron Houston and Jon Pierik North Melbourne footballer Majak Daw has been charged with three counts of rape relating to an alleged sexual assault in Altona North in 2007.

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Suspending Majak Daw would have been unfair, says Galbally

Majak Daw

Jon Pierik, Steve Butcher and Cameron Houston North Melbourne forward Majak Daw is free to play this weekend but the AFL has reserved the right to stand him down after he was charged with three counts of rape relating to an alleged sexual...

Healthy Alastair Clarkson back as coach of Hawthorn

Back to work: Alastair Clarkson.

Jon Pierik Alastair Clarkson will return as Hawthorn coach against North Melbourne on Friday night, having been absent for five weeks because of illness.

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Are the Hawks better without Cyril Rioli?

Cyril Rioli stretches for the ball and injures his hamstring against Gold Coast on Saturday.

Jon Pierik Cyril Rioli may be regarded as one of the AFL's premier match-winners, but Hawthorn can take comfort against North Melbourne on Friday night knowing its record without the speedy forward is...

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How AFL clubs handle assault cases

Stephen Milne arrives at court last year

Jon Pierik Incidents of alleged sexual assault and other serious off-field issues involving players have elicited a variety of responses from the AFL and its clubs.