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.

Under pressure: Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley.

Will the tide turn for Nathan Buckley?

It remains one of the major debating points of a season suddenly spiralling out of control for the Magpies. While Nathan Buckley insists the focus on his future is "definitely still outside of the four walls" of the club, he must know more defeats will surely change that.

Yellow and black: Richmond players belt out the song on Anzac Eve.

How good are Richmond, really?

So, here we are again – the Tigers on a five-game surge to start the season. The last time they began this well was 1995: back then they made a preliminary final. This year, who knows? Could they? Might they? Or are they not that good?

Jake Spencer

Injured Demon to remain in hospital

Mature-age forward Tim Smith remains in hospital with a punctured lung and ruckman Jake Spencer faces shoulder surgery as the Demons deal with the fall-out of a third-straight defeat.