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.

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.

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Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley pleased his squad didn't travel to a high-altitude training camp this pre-season

Deep heat: Nathan Buckley will consider a

Jon Pierik Coach says Magpies have almost completed comprehensive pre-season program on home soil.

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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.

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'Bali belly' strikes some senior Magpies

Dayne Beams.

Jon Pierik Midfielder Dayne Beams and centre-half forward Travis Cloke among those affected.

Hawks defender to miss finals

Hawthorn's Brendan Whitecross

Jon Pierik Hawthorn defender Brendan Whitecross will miss the rest of the finals after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

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.

Crows focus on Franklin ahead of Hawks final

Lance Franklin

Ashley Porter and Jon Pierik Buoyed by their semi-final win, the Crows are focussing on taming Lance Franklin, reinvigorating forward Kurt Tippett and reinventing their backline.

Wounded Crows have hole to fill

Sam Shaw

Ashley Porter, Jon Pierik Adelaide, buoyed by its semi-final win over Fremantle on Friday night, has quickly turned its attention to taming Lance Franklin, reinvigorating its own forward Kurt Tippett and reinventing its back...

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Hawks bolstered by pair's return

Hawthorn's Jordan Lewis

Jon Pierik Hawthorn declares key midfielders Jordan Lewis and Clinton Young fit for Saturday's preliminary final against Adelaide at the MCG.

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Swans firm for Tippett: rivals

Kurt Tippett

Jon Pierik and Jake Niall Swans appear to be the front-runners for the Adelaide forward's services.

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Demons look to make deal for Dawes

Chris Dawes remains a Magpie for now.

Jon Pierik Melbourne insists pick 20 will be a fair trade for Chris Dawes when it attempts to broker a deal for the Collingwood key forward.

Deciding to leave Hawks was 'difficult': Young

Clinton Young.

Jon Pierik Need to add a midfielder who can run and carry the ball and deliver it cleanly inside attacking 50 encouraged Collingwood to secure Clinton Young.

Young set to right old wrongs

Clinton Young

Jon Pierik Clinton Young speaks about how difficult it had been to leave the Hawks.

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Pedersen trade deal to Dees delayed

Cameron Pedersen.

Emma Quayle and Jon Pierik Demons look to secure a second- round draft pick in the final week of negotiations.

AFL trading - club by club

Stephen Gilham

Matt Murnane and Jon Pierik Explosive allegations about Adelaide overshadowed all other developments during the week.

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AFL coaches: the class of 2013

AFL coaches.

Compiled by Rohan Connolly and Jon Pierik Rohan Connolly and Jon Pierik take a look at the men guiding the 18 teams in the AFL fray.

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Absent Betts gives Pies cause to smile

Eddie Betts

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

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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.

Clubs' days of reckoning

Jon Pierik Under free agency, list managers will have three days to try and retain a player.