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

Time to lay off criticism of the game, says Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley

Jon Pierik Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley fears the narrative around the sport has become too negative, with the blanket broadcast coverage contributing to the problem.

AFL

No vulnerability about Sydney now

John Longmire instructs his players.

Jon Pierik On the eve of the new season, Mick Malthouse did not have a great deal of faith in the Sydney Swans.

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.

Eagles' Lynch to decide on his flight plan

West Coast forward-ruckman Quinten Lynch will make a decision on his future on Friday.

Jon Pierik West Coast forward-ruckman Quinten Lynch will make a decision on his future on Friday.

Magpies left lamenting

Collingwood fell to a season-ending defeat against Sydney last night.

Jon Pierik, Sydney As the Pies fell to a season-ending defeat against Sydney, Nick Maxwell could feel nothing but devastation as he watched on.

Football

We'll be back, say Pies

Wrapped up: Scott Pendlebury is tackled by Swan Shane Mumford in Friday night's match.

Jon Pierik As the Magpies look forward to a break and beginning afresh, vice-captain Scott Pendlebury believes there is no reason why they cannot again feature in the top four next season.

Pies hope friends stick

Nick Maxwell says the Magpies have created the right 'culture' to retain their uncontracted players.

Jon Pierik Collingwood captain Nick Maxwell says the Magpies have created the right 'culture' to retain their uncontracted players.

AFL

Pies closer to signing Cloke for five years

Travis Cloke

Jon Pierik TRAVIS Cloke and Collingwood have reopened contract discussions, with the Magpies showing a willingness to budge on clauses restricting his bid for a healthy payday in his fifth season.

AFL

Cloke inches closer to five-year deal

Collingwood footballer Travis Cloke.

Jon Pierik Travis Cloke and Collingwood have reopened contract discussions, with the Magpies showing a willingness to budge on clauses restricting his bid for a healthy pay day in his fifth season.

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Buckley confident Pies ruckman can play on

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley believes ruckman Darren Jolly could play for two more years.

Jon Pierik Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley believes Darren Jolly could play for two more years.

AFL

Swan casts doubt over listless Pies

Dane Swan speaks to the media on Saturday.

Jon Pierik Brownlow medallist admits inconsistent Collingwood does not yet belong with competition's elite.

AFL

Buckley says Pies can still get hot

Nathan Buckley.

Jon Pierik While his team sits 10 points outside the top four, Nathan Buckley has declared 'anything is possible'.

Reid it and weep, Travis

Magpie Ben Reid

Jon Pierik Contract discussions between Collingwood and Ben Reid slow as impasse with Travis Cloke continues.

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Cloke at risk of big loss

Travis Cloke

Jon Pierik Travis Cloke could be out of pocket by up to $1.75 million if he accepts Pies deal.

AFL

Put microchip on the menu

Goal umpire: two of them are needed now, say critics of video review system.

Jon Pierik The AFL has been urged to have two goal umpires at each end of the ground or invest in having microchips built into footballs in a bid to end debate over the video review system.

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Power fails on video review

Illustration: Matt Golding

Jon Pierik AFL says power failure to blame for breakdown in communication between the umpires.

AFL

Buckley warns Pies of pay squeeze

Nathan Buckley and Dayne Beams.

Jon Pierik Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has confirmed the Magpies have little room to manoeuvre under a bulging salary cap this season as they seek to re-sign Travis Cloke and Dayne Beams.

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Agent can help Pies' contracts

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley

Jon Pierik Magpies believe Paul Connors and high number of players he has at the club could work in their favour.

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Magpies break free

Steady now: Dane Swan leaves Fremantle's Nick Lower tumbling in his wake. Swan's relentless work ensured the Magpies would never lose the initiative.

Jon Pierik In the important early stages, this match appeared in some ways primarily a battle of the loose men in defence.

Cloke brand 'damaged'

In demand: Collingwood forward Travis Cloke.

Jon Pierik Tense contract negotiations have been played out in the public all season.