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.

Blood profiling shows benefits of home training for Magpies

Jon Pierik Collingwood fitness chief Bill Davoren has revealed blood profiling of his players during the heat of a Melbourne summer found training at home provided similar results to the more expensive option...

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...

Blues, Magpies could host Malthouse milestone match

Mick Malthouse: 709 games and counting.

Jon Pierik An already storied club rivalry could be set for another grand chapter with Collingwood firmly in the mix as Mick Malthouse's opponent when he breaks Jock McHale's record for most games as an VFL-AFL...

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.

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Paul Seedsman agrees Magpies' clash with Crows the 'most important of year'

Paul Seedsman.

Jon Pierik Emerging Collingwood defender Paul Seedsman says the Magpies will attack Sunday's crunch clash against Adelaide as if it was a final.

AFL

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.

AFL

'Bali belly' strikes some senior Magpies

Dayne Beams.

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

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.

AFL

Bombers are sure Watson is right to take on Magpies

Jobe Watson.

Jon Pierik Essendon is 'very confident' captain Jobe Watson is physically ready for Sunday's blockbuster.

AFL

Magpies planning to neutralise Power surge

Waiting: Quinten Lynch is still not a certain starter against the Power.

Jon Pierik Collingwood says it has learnt from its mid-season loss to Port Adelaide.

AFL

Victory especially sweet for Magpies

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse shows he is unhappy with the state of play.

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse laments his team's on-field smarts and work ethic.

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Buckley denies power play by stars is dividing Magpies

Nathan Buckley and senior Magpies

Jon Pierik Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has praised his senior players and denied the so-called Brat Pack is involved in a power play, declaring his entire list understands there are "non-negotiables" to...

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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.

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.

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.

Magpies push to end deadlock on Cloke

Travis Cloke.

Jon Pierik COLLINGWOOD last night moved to end the impasse with Travis Cloke as the frustrated parties met in an attempt to thrash out his contract.

Former Demon Mitch Clark close to deciding on his preferred new AFL club

Attracting interest: Mitch Clark.

Jon Pierik Former Melbourne forward Mitch Clark is set to decide on Sunday where he hopes to reactivate his AFL career next season.

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Hawthorn confident defender Brian Lake will be fit for finals

An injured Brian Lake leaves the MCG on Friday night.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn maintains key defender Brian Lake has only corked his right hip and will be available to play in the Hawks' qualifying final next weekend.

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,...

Lumumba has gone 'politically mad', says Magpie great McGuane

Heritier Lumumba

Jon Pierik Collingwood great Mick McGuane says Heritier Lumumba has gone "politically mad" and the Magpies may not have any other option than to trade the premiership defender.