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.

Magpies on notice over Tyson Goldsack

Jon Pierik Collingwood continues to face a fight to retain Tyson Goldsack, with Port Adelaide honing in on the talented forward.

Training loads to increase, vows Collingwood fitness boss

More running ahead: Collingwood fitness boss Bill Davoren has vowed to increase the club's training load.

Jon Pierik Collingwood fitness chief Bill Davoren vows to increase players' training loads for a second straight season and says that despite perceptions, injury numbers fell this season.

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...

Taylor Hunt puts contract talks with Cats on hold

Taylor Hunt emerged last season as a strong tagger.

Jon Pierik Out-of-favour Geelong midfielder Taylor Hunt has joined a growing list of players to put contract discussions on hold until the end of the season.

AFL

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

Nathan Buckley talks to Brent Macaffer during a training session.

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.

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

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.

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.