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

Scott Pendlebury keen for Magpies to be tested by the best in AFL

Scott Pendlebury tackled by Geelong's Jordan Schroder

Jon Pierik Scott Pendlebury has declared the Magpies are ready to 'rip in' for a bruising start to the season.

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Scott Pendlebury backs night AFL grand final

Scott Pendlebury

Jon Pierik Collingwood captain backs suggestions for the AFL grand final to be shifted from its traditional afternoon timeslot.

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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...

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 to fine-tune tribunal system so low-grade offences don't lead to suspensions

A clearly relieved Steve Johnson speaks to the media after his tribunal hearing on Tuesday.

Caroline Wilson and Jon Pierik Low-grade reportable incidents such as Steve Johnson's kneeing of Scott Thompson would result in a fine and not a suspension under a proposed new AFL judicial system to be put forward to the 18 club...

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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AFL

Waite says he has good football ahead

Jarrad Waite

Jon Pierik Having rebounded in the past fortnight from a "clip over the ear", Carlton forward Jarrad Waite says this year is about proving he is in strong physical shape as he seeks a contract extension.

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Tony Shaw questions Nathan Buckley's contract extension

Nathan Buckley

Jon Pierik Collingwood legend Tony Shaw has questioned why the Magpies have given coach Nathan Buckley a two-year extension, declaring it would have been more prudent to hand him a one-year deal.

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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.

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Proactive Pies plot redemption

Luke Ball

Jon Pierik Collingwood's players vow collectively to seek redemption next season.

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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.

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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.

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Blues' Ed Curnow emerges as AFL's No. 2 tagger

Ryan Crowley confronts Hawthorn's Sam Mitchell during the 2013 grand final.

Jon Pierik The hard-working Curnow won 15 of his 18 match-ups last season.

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Demons' Jack Watts ready to take on elite

jack watts.

Jon Pierik Enjoying life under a new regime, Jack Watts says is ready to play a key role in a revamped midfield.

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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.

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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.

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Dale Thomas confident of fresh start at Carlton

Collingwood AFL training , Dale Thomas running laps
Photo Pat Scala The Age
Tuesday the 30th of July 2013

Jon Pierik Dale Thomas says he has endured a "tough couple of years" at Collingwood but looks forward to reinvigorating his career at Carlton next season.

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Collingwood forward Ben Kennedy finding his feet after surgery

Ben Kennedy.

Jon Pierik Adelaide boy Ben Kennedy no longer feels like a stranger here, writes Jon Pierik.

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AFL may step in and prevent Marley Williams from playing in home-and-away season

Marley Williams.

Jon Pierik Collingwood defender Marley Williams could yet be forced to the sidelines, with the AFL revealing it will meet with the Magpies and rule on whether he should be allowed to play while awaiting...

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Tigers, Blues miss All-Australian nod

Gary Ablett.

Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane Two of the eight AFL finalists have no players in the initial squad of 40.

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