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.

Buckley backs captain Maxwell

Magpies coach Nathan Buckley heads to the rooms at half-time.

Jon Pierik Collingwood coach defends skipper over alleged rough conduct on Paul Puopolo.

Hawks can plug the gaps: Sewell

Strong start: Hawthorn fans and players celebrate after Friday night’s qualifying final win over Collingwood.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn midfielder says week off and depth of talent will have them well positioned come preliminary final.

Football

Midfielders must step up, say Woods

Gotcha: Steele Sidebottom is tackled by Scott Pendlebury at training.

Jon Pierik Collingwood turns the spotlight on its midfielders, declaring they will need to improve their ball use and help deliver goals if the Magpies are to prevail in tonight's semi-final against West Coast.

Magpies left lamenting

Collingwood fell to a season-ending defeat against Sydney last night.

Jon Pierik, Sydney As the Pies fell to a season-ending defeat against Sydney, Nick Maxwell could feel nothing but devastation as he watched on.

Football

We'll be back, say Pies

Wrapped up: Scott Pendlebury is tackled by Swan Shane Mumford in Friday night's match.

Jon Pierik As the Magpies look forward to a break and beginning afresh, vice-captain Scott Pendlebury believes there is no reason why they cannot again feature in the top four next season.

Tigers aiming to dry up any flood of Magpie goals

Handy type: Collingwood star Travis Cloke is set to play despite dislocating his finger.

Jon Pierik Richmond coach confident his team can prevent Collingwood from enjoying a run of goals.

AFL

No new deal for Krakouer

Relaxed: Sharrod Wellingham in training with Collingwood. He is to return in the NAB Cup on Saturday.

Jon Pierik Andrew Krakouer to diligently pursue rehabilitation program outlined by Collingwood.

Old Tiger gives coach new kick

Tigers coach Damien Hardwick.

Jon Pierik Mick Malthouse labels Richmond's game plan ''a bit disjointed".

Hawks show their class

Nathan Buckley in his first game (as coach) gets some help from Rodney Eade

Jon Pierik Hawthorn fell just short of joining the league's elite last season but made amends last night.

A question of footy focus

Nathan Buckley

Jon Pierik After watching a former colleague deal with issue after issue in recent weeks, Nathan Buckley says the intense spotlight on the Melbourne Football Club shows the AFL has morphed into more of an...

AFL

Burning questions: Carlton vs Collingwood

Matthew Kreuzer and Darren Jolly.

Jon Pierik Jon Pierik turns the spotlight onto tomorrow night's Blues-Magpies clash.

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Agent can help Pies' contracts

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley

Jon Pierik Magpies believe Paul Connors and high number of players he has at the club could work in their favour.

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AFL

Didak, Tarrant in frame to take on Dockers

Making a splash: Travis Cloke ( left) and Kirk Ugle at St Kilda beach.

Jon Pierik Alan Didak and Chris Tarrant have chance to push for a spot against Fremantle.

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Dockers still hot for Cloke

Travis Cloke at a Collingwood training session yesterday.

Jon Pierik Fremantle maintains it is still interested in securing Magpie Travis Cloke.

Wellingham to pay price for 'clumsy' hit

Sharrod Wellingham

Jon Pierik Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley acknowledges Sharrod Wellingham will be suspended.