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

Brad Scott says Roos can handle 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Maxwell overrated: Scarlo

Maxwell and Scarlett.

Jon Pierik Matthew Scarlett has opened up about his dislike for Nick Maxwell, declaring the Collingwood captain was not respected by the Cats.

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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

AFL best to safeguard game: Cat

Jimmy Bartel

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

Easy, Tiger: Cloke on hold

Travis Cloke

Jake Niall and Jon Pierik Richmond says it believes Travis Cloke will stay with the Magpies.

Magpies and Saints ready to tangle

Kick start: Sharrod Wellingham at training yesterday at Gosch?s Paddock.

Jon Pierik, Melissa Woods Collingwood midfielder Steele Sidebottom says the Magpies have not peaked yet.

Swan decision 'simple': Buckley

Dane Swan

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.

AFL

Mick's way different: Dad

Billy Swan says his son is now intent on regaining his spot in the team.

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...

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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.

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.