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,...

Training program may have been 'over the top', says Nathan Buckley

Illustration: Matt Golding

Jon Pierik As coach Nathan Buckley revealed the Magpies' long injury list may have been as a result of training players "to the edge and potentially over the top", the Collingwood faithful will have a chance to...

Magpies seek help from US on injuries

Eddie McGuire claims this year's fixture would cost the Magpies about $1 million in revenue.

Jon Pierik Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has revealed the Magpies have sought out soft-tissue experts from the National Hockey League and college basketball programs in the US in a bid to end what he says...

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McLachlan invites AFL coaches over for a homely chat

Gillon McLachlan has asked all 18 senior coaches to his home for an informal chat.

Jon Pierik Debate over the need for official accreditation and a desire to have a more constructive say in the growth and well-being of the game will be discussed by senior club coaches when they meet AFL chief...

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Magpies re-sign key trio

Playing on: Steele Sidebottom.

Jon Pierik Collingwood is delighted to confirm it has re-signed the premiership winning trio of Nathan Brown, Ben Reid and Steele Sidebottom.

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Kevin Sheedy and Garry Lyon concerned about standard of play

Kevin Sheedy

Jon Pierik Kevin Sheedy has urged the game's decision-makers to consider restricting players to certain parts of the ground, as the style and standard of the game emerges as a serious issue.

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Magpie Ben Reid has new injury setback

Ben Reid

Jon Pierik The immediate future of Collingwood swingman Ben Reid is in doubt after suffering another injury setback.

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'Bali belly' strikes some senior Magpies

Dayne Beams.

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

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Collingwood CEO Gary Pert predicts Pie flag within three years

Collingwood chief executive Gary Pert.

Jon Pierik Collingwood chief executive Gary Pert has heightened expectations at his powerful club, declaring the Magpies expect to win a premiership within the next three years.

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.

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Experience the key

Rodney Eade

Jon Pierik Mark Williams and Rodney Eade have emerged as leading candidates to become coach of Melbourne, as the hapless club begins yet another rebuild.

Voss denies links to Neeld's woes

Brisbane coach Michael Voss

Jon Pierik He doesn't think it has any bearing on his position but Brisbane coach Michael Voss says Mark Neeld's axing by Melbourne shows the importance of results in the AFL.

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Craig ponders putting up hand for Demons job

Neil Craig

Jon Pierik Having declared he was finished as a senior coach after leaving Adelaide, Neil Craig has changed tack and says he will use the next 11 weeks to decide whether he wants to apply for the Melbourne role.

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Three jobs could become available

Neil Craig

Jon Pierik While Melbourne has an open field of coaching talent to pick from, that could change as the fate of Brisbane's Michael Voss and West Coast Eagles premiership coach John Worsfold remains unclear.

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Demons seek out Roos, but he's not ready

Paul Roos.

Jon Pierik Paul Roos has told Melbourne he is not ready to coach ''at the moment".

AFL

O'Brien and Buckley talk; crisis averted?

Harry O'Brien

Jon Pierik Collingwood confident disgruntled Harry O'Brien will return to the club.

AFL

Dees bid for Roos strengthens

Paul Roos.

Jon Pierik Melbourne's bid to lure Paul Roos on a multimillion-dollar deal is strengthening.

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$2.5m to help Dees get house in order

Demons logo

Jon Pierik and Caroline Wilson AFL on verge of announcing bail-out package for Melbourne; final figure to be determined.

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Stockdale interested in Demons presidency

Stockdale - treasurer.

Jon Pierik Former Victorian treasurer Alan Stockdale says he is interested in the Melbourne presidency.

AFL

Demons must keep chasing Roos, says Matthews

Jon Pierik AFL coaching legend says Melbourne should pursue Paul Roos for another month.