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.

Seedsman ready to shape his own Collingwood destiny

Above the rest: developing backman Paul Seedsman.

Jon Pierik Upon recently announcing his career was over, Maxwell took developing backman Paul Seedsman aside and said he would still be happy to critique his game.

AFL

Taylor Adams has been quick to impress his new teammates at Collingwood

Taylor Adams

Jon Pierik If former Giant Taylor Adams was concerned about seeking the respect of his new captain Scott Pendlebury, he needn't worry.

AFL

Scott Pendlebury keen for Magpies to be tested by the best in AFL

Scott Pendlebury tackled by Geelong's Jordan Schroder

Jon Pierik Scott Pendlebury has declared the Magpies are ready to 'rip in' for a bruising start to the season.

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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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

'Bali belly' strikes some senior Magpies

Dayne Beams.

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

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

Proactive Pies plot redemption

Luke Ball

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

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.

AFL

Ablett scoops player award

Gold Coast captain Gary Ablett

Jon Pierik Gary Ablett continues to show why he remains one of the game's greatest talents.

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.

AFL

Pies closer to signing Cloke for five years

Travis Cloke

Jon Pierik TRAVIS Cloke and Collingwood have reopened contract discussions, with the Magpies showing a willingness to budge on clauses restricting his bid for a healthy payday in his fifth season.

AFL

Cloke inches closer to five-year deal

Collingwood footballer Travis Cloke.

Jon Pierik Travis Cloke and Collingwood have reopened contract discussions, with the Magpies showing a willingness to budge on clauses restricting his bid for a healthy pay day in his fifth season.

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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

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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Pies edge closer to full strength

The Magpies train at at Olympic Park on Tuesday.

Jon Pierik For those still doubting Collingwood's premiership chances, it might be time for a rethink.

AFL

Pies edge closer to full strength

Jon Pierik For those still doubting Collingwood’s premiership chances, it might be time for a rethink.