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

Collingwood players were not unhappy with coach Nathan Buckley, says Luke Ball

Luke Ball

Jon Pierik Luke Ball says grumblings at Collingwood last season were a result of poor form.

AFL

US rookie Jason Holmes keen to get a start with St Kilda

Jason Holmes.

Jon Pierik Basketball convert insists he will be ready to play senior football for this season.

AFL

AFL coaches: who is under most pressure?

Gold Coast Suns coach Guy Mckenna.

Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane Which coach will feel the heat most from club and supporters this season?

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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

St Kilda's Rhys Stanley is looking forward to playing more in attack in 2014

AFL Round 3.St.Kilda v Gold Coast Suns.St.Kilda's Rhys Stanley marks ahead of Sun's Jeremy Taylor at Etihad.8th April 2012.Picture Sebastian Costanzo. The Age.

Jon Pierik Athletic Saint endured a rugged season as a defender for the whole of 2013.

AFL

Collingwood CEO Gary Pert predicts Pie flag within three years

Collingwood chief executive Gary Pert.

Jon Pierik Collingwood chief executive Gary Pert has heightened expectations at his powerful club, declaring the Magpies expect to win a premiership within the next three years.

Football

Pies contract woes move to Thomas

Dale Thomas, centre in the first semi-final of 2012.

Jon Pierik Dale Thomas could prove to be the Travis Cloke of the 2013 season for Collingwood.

AFL

Pies like the Beard

The Beard: Ben Hudson.

Jon Pierik Just when it appeared 'The People's Beard' had retired for good, it's time to think again.

Buckley confident Pies ruckman can play on

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley believes ruckman Darren Jolly could play for two more years.

Jon Pierik Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley believes Darren Jolly could play for two more years.

Close contests add to spectacle, players say

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Jon Pierik AFL players question whether on-field congestion is such a bad thing for viewing public.

AFL

Victory especially sweet for Magpies

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse shows he is unhappy with the state of play.

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse laments his team's on-field smarts and work ethic.

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Grimes, Tigers talk

Richmond's Dylan Grimes.

Jon Pierik Dylan Grimes is hopeful of a two-year contract extension at Richmond.

AFL

Swan casts doubt over listless Pies

Dane Swan speaks to the media on Saturday.

Jon Pierik Brownlow medallist admits inconsistent Collingwood does not yet belong with competition's elite.

AFL

Racial controversy threatens to derail Collingwood's season

Harry O'Brien.

Jon Pierik While Eddie McGuire is the man in the hot seat on this occasion, there could yet be collateral damage on the field as well as off it.

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AFL

Buckley denies power play by stars is dividing Magpies

Nathan Buckley and senior Magpies

Jon Pierik Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has praised his senior players and denied the so-called Brat Pack is involved in a power play, declaring his entire list understands there are "non-negotiables" to...

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Harry's holiday fuels Buckley rift rumours

Harry O'Brien

Jon Pierik Collingwood premiership star Harry O'Brien has been granted weekend leave by the club, fuelling speculation of a fall-out with coach Nathan Buckley.

AFL

Rift talk as O'Brien has break

Harry O'Brien

Jon Pierik Magpies say premiership star will return in time for training on Monday.

AFL

Didak poised for return in bid to play finals

Alan Didak

Jon Pierik and Andrew Wu Collingwood veteran ''on the verge of a return to the field'' and mounting a case to play finals.

AFL

Gary Ablett should have been tagged: Buckley

Gary Ablett of the Suns

Jon Pierik Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has admitted that he had made a mistake in not tagging Gary Ablett during Saturday night's shock loss to the Gold Coast Suns.

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'.