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's Nick Maxwell confirms his AFL retirement

Nick Maxwell's retirement will test Collingwood's defence.

Emma Quayle and Jon Pierik Collingwood's 2010 premiership captain Nick Maxwell has confirmed his retirement from the AFL following his season-ending ankle injury suffered last weekend.

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Chris Judd's statistics suggest he should play on

Since returning in round 13 from a hamstring strain, Chris Judd is averaging 21 disposals, including 11 contested, five clearances, four tackles, four inside 50s and 1.4 score assists a game.

Jon Pierik While there is a growing expectation Chris Judd will retire this year, the Carlton champion's statistics suggest he should seriously consider playing on next year.

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.

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

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley targets Gary Ablett and Gold Coast's star midfield

Gold Coast star Gary Ablett was instrumental in the shock win against Collingwood last season.

Jon Pierik Don't expect Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley to make the same mistake he did last year - not tagging Gold Coast superstar Gary Ablett.

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...

Marley Williams leaves Pies camp, won't play this weekend

Marley Williams.

Jon Pierik Collingwood defender Marley Williams will not play in this weekend's practice match and has left the Magpies' training camp on the Gold Coast.

AFL

Marley Williams reveals his 'devastation' over grievous bodily harm conviction

Marley Williams.

Jon Pierik Collingwood defender Marley Williams has revealed he is "devastated" but feels it is the right decision to not play senior football until he faces sentencing in a West Australian court in April.

Wayne Carey accuses Collingwood of playing 'bruise-free' football

Collingwood v Fremantle AFL round 1 Etihad Stadium , Michael Walters kicks a goal despite pressure from Tom Langdon
Photo Pat Scala The Age
Friday the 14th of March 2014

Jon Pierik AFL legend Wayne Carey has accused Collingwood of playing ''bruise-free'' football against Fremantle on Friday night.

AFL

Brad Scott says Roos can handle Brent Macaffer

 Brent Macaffer

Jon Pierik Collingwood tagger Brent Macaffer has arguably had more publicity this week than through his entire career, with his exploits - and tactics - in becoming a master tagger dominating headlines.

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

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

The back-to-back blueprint

Brisbane Lions captain Michael Voss

Jon Pierik How AFL premiers can join the short list of those who followed up with another flag.

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.

Allen Christensen to miss half the season

Allen Christensen

Jon Pierik Geelong midfielder Allen Christensen is set to miss the opening half of the season after having back surgery on Friday.

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

AFL best to safeguard game: Cat

Jimmy Bartel

Jon Pierik Jimmy Bartel says AFL is doing enough to guard against match fixing.

Hawthorn hints at game plan surprise for Pies

Hawk eye: Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson (left) with captain Luke Hodge.

Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane Hawks ruckman David Hale says team confident it has the game plan to again dislodge Pies.

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.

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.