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 CEO Gary Pert predicts Pie flag within three years

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.

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.

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

Alan Didak, Andrew Krakouer head six Collingwood delistings

Andrew Krakouer

Michael Gleeson, Jon Pierik UPDATE: Andrew Krakouer will look to shift to a new club after he was dumped by Collingwood.

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AFL

Magpie denies Bucks war

Collingwood's Scott Pendlebury

Jon Pierik and Michael Gleeson Scott Pendlebury admits Pies "just a middle-of-the-rung side", but denies they need a rebuild.

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AFL

Proactive Pies plot redemption

Luke Ball

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

Hale learns to adapt

Jon Pierik AS A high school teacher in the making, David Hale will no doubt espouse the benefits of learning to his pupils when his days at Hawthorn are over.

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

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.