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

Magpie Ben Reid has new injury setback

Ben Reid

Jon Pierik The immediate future of Collingwood swingman Ben Reid is in doubt after suffering another injury setback.

AFL

Paul Seedsman agrees Magpies' clash with Crows the 'most important of year'

Paul Seedsman.

Jon Pierik Emerging Collingwood defender Paul Seedsman says the Magpies will attack Sunday's crunch clash against Adelaide as if it was a final.

Nathan Buckley faces Collingwood injury concerns, and Tony Shaw comments

Collingwood captains, clockwise from back: Nick Maxwell, Scott Pendlebury, Nathan Buckley, Scott Burns, Tony Shaw, Peter Moore, Max Richardson, Des Tuddenham, Terry Waters.

Jon Pierik Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley says the main training session on Wednesday will be crucial in determining whether key talls Ben Reid and Jesse White line up in the season opener Fremantle on Friday...

Collingwood to give Tom Langdon his debut

Tom Langdon.

Michael Gleeson and Jon Pierik Collingwood is almost certain to include first-gamer Tom Langdon for the opening round.

AFL

Tony Shaw questions Nathan Buckley's contract extension

Nathan Buckley

Jon Pierik Collingwood legend Tony Shaw has questioned why the Magpies have given coach Nathan Buckley a two-year extension, declaring it would have been more prudent to hand him a one-year deal.

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Wayne Carey accuses Collingwood of playing 'bruise-free' football

Collingwood v Fremantle AFL round 1 Etihad Stadium , Michael Walters kicks a goal despite pressure from Tom Langdon
Photo Pat Scala The Age
Friday the 14th of March 2014

Jon Pierik AFL legend Wayne Carey has accused Collingwood of playing ''bruise-free'' football against Fremantle on Friday night.

AFL

Magpies re-sign key trio

Playing on: Steele Sidebottom.

Jon Pierik Collingwood is delighted to confirm it has re-signed the premiership winning trio of Nathan Brown, Ben Reid and Steele Sidebottom.

Magpie Marley Williams backs his decision not to play

Jon Pierik A ''devastated'' Marley Williams will continue to train with Collingwood but feels it is the right call to avoid playing senior football until he faces sentencing in a West Australian court in April.

AFL

Travis Cloke not considered elite by Champion Data

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 12:  Travis Cloke of the Magpies reacts after missing a goal during the round 16 AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Adelaide Crows at Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 12, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Jon Pierik Travis Cloke may be regarded as the premier power forward in the AFL, but a deeper analysis of his game has meant he is not classified as one of the league's elite players.

AFL

Jesse White will back up Travis Cloke in attack at Collingwood

Jesse White.

Jon Pierik Coach Nathan Buckley looking for greater goalkicking support for power forward.

AFL

Scott Pendlebury backs night AFL grand final

Scott Pendlebury

Jon Pierik Collingwood captain backs suggestions for the AFL grand final to be shifted from its traditional afternoon timeslot.

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Football

Egos put aside for finals tilt

Jon Pierik Emerging Collingwood ruckman Brodie Grundy says teammates learning to not take criticism personally has helped them develop and hopefully launch a successful September campaign.

AFL

Magpies planning to neutralise Power surge

Waiting: Quinten Lynch is still not a certain starter against the Power.

Jon Pierik Collingwood says it has learnt from its mid-season loss to Port Adelaide.

AFL

Proactive Pies plot redemption

Luke Ball

Jon Pierik Collingwood's players vow collectively to seek redemption next season.

Unreal is now Reid's reality

Sam Reid is congratulated by brother Ben on yesterday's win.

Jon Pierik After Collingwood collected the 2010 flag, defender Ben Reid tried to explain what he was feeling to younger brother Sam.

AFL

Tiger six-pack rates a mention

Sherrin dice.

Jon Pierik If Richmond is looking for evidence it can feature this season in its first finals campaign in more than a decade, this may be it.

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AFL

Absent Betts gives Pies cause to smile

Eddie Betts

Jon Pierik Dynamic small forward is ruled out of Sunday's blockbuster at the MCG.

AFL

Leading Blue dumped for Magpie clash

Omitted: Nick Duigan is out of the Carlton team to play Collingwood.

Jon Pierik Hard-nosed defender Nick Duigan a surprise axing by Carlton after one match.

AFL

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.

AFL

Buckley says Pies can still get hot

Nathan Buckley.

Jon Pierik While his team sits 10 points outside the top four, Nathan Buckley has declared 'anything is possible'.