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.

Collingwood's Luke Ball to have his future decided in 'cold, hard light of day'

In the balance: Luke Ball.

Jon Pierik While Luke Ball believes he has enough "competitive juice" to play on next season, Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley said a decision on the future of the veteran midfielder will be made in the "cold,...

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

Paul Seedsman agrees Magpies' clash with Crows the 'most important of year'

Paul Seedsman.

Jon Pierik Emerging Collingwood defender Paul Seedsman says the Magpies will attack Sunday's crunch clash against Adelaide as if it was a final.

AFL

Leaked AFL document adds to grey area in Bombers' case

The 34 current and former players issued with show-cause notices are alleged to have been administered the banned Thymosin beta 4.

Jon Pierik The murky underground battle attempting to discredit the AFL and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority continues, with a leaked affidavit of an AFL investigator suggesting there was a "joint...

Bowden out of running to become players' chief

Jon Pierik Joel Bowden, the former Richmond defender, is no longer in the running to become the AFL Players Association’s new chief executive.

AFL

Geelong hopeful Corey Enright and Tom Lonergan will return from injury to face Carlton

Corey Enright, seen here celebrating a goal against the Kangaroos in round 10, is expected to be fit to face Carlton.

Jon Pierik Geelong is hopeful defenders Tom Lonergan and Corey Enright will resume against Carlton on Friday night, while Allen Christensen is set to make his comeback after a pre-season marred by hip and back...

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

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

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.

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

Hale and hearty

Second coming: David Hale has thrived as a forward and ruckman since joining Hawthorn from North Melbourne.

Jon Pierik Hawk attributes his form to finding the right balance between the "bubble" and life outside.

Medicos to brief summit

Generic drugs in sport

Jon Pierik AFL medical directors Peter Harcourt and Harry Unglik will brief club chief executives at drugs summit.

Pair yet to reach top gear

Dale Thomas.

Jon Pierik Collingwood midfielders Dale Thomas and Luke Ball unlikely to play major roles in NAB Cup.

Football

Education on drugs is key: Petrie

Drew Petrie

Jon Pierik Drew Petrie says players must not be victimised if there is change to the illicit drugs policy.

Pavlich keen to have say on equalisation

Sherrin football with a dollar sign

Jon Pierik Fremantle great says a current player deserves to be involved in major meetings.

Self-reporting on drugs saved lives: AFL boss

Andrew Demetriou

Jon Pierik and Michael Gleeson Players Association president Luke Ball insists voluntary illicit-drugs policy has helped players.

Bump far from dead, says Ball

Melbourne's Luke Tapscott was reported for this bump on Carlton's Kade Simpson in round 6.

Jon Pierik and Michael Gleeson Players must understand that any contact to the head is likely to result in suspension.

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.

Collingwood the final round fixture loser

Coach Nathan Buckley addressing his players.

Jon Pierik Collingwood will hope its potential elimination final on the first weekend of the finals will be held on a Sunday.

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