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.
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.
Jon Pierik AFL legend Wayne Carey has accused Collingwood of playing ''bruise-free'' football against Fremantle on Friday night.
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.
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.
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.
Jon Pierik Geelong midfielder Allen Christensen is set to miss the opening half of the season after having back surgery on Friday.
Jon Pierik How AFL premiers can join the short list of those who followed up with another flag.
Jon Pierik Coach Nathan Buckley looking for greater goalkicking support for power forward.
Jon Pierik Luke Ball says grumblings at Collingwood last season were a result of poor form.
Jon Pierik Matthew Scarlett has opened up about his dislike for Nick Maxwell, declaring the Collingwood captain was not respected by the Cats.
Jon Pierik and Michael Gleeson Scott Pendlebury admits Pies "just a middle-of-the-rung side", but denies they need a rebuild.
Jon Pierik Jimmy Bartel says AFL is doing enough to guard against match fixing.
Jake Niall and Jon Pierik Richmond says it believes Travis Cloke will stay with the Magpies.
Jon Pierik, Melissa Woods Collingwood midfielder Steele Sidebottom says the Magpies have not peaked yet.
Jon Pierik Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley says it was an easy decision to make to suspend Brownlow Medallist Dayne Swan for two matches for drinking six days before a match.
Jon Pierik Billy Swan says son Dane has accepted his punishment from Collingwood but suggests that had Mick Malthouse still been coach the champion midfielder would not have been suspended for a late-night...
Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane Hawks ruckman David Hale says team confident it has the game plan to again dislodge Pies.
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.
Jon Pierik Collingwood coach defends skipper over alleged rough conduct on Paul Puopolo.
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.