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.

Can the Giants hold Marcus Bontempelli?

Bulldogs v Giants: five final questions

The Western Bulldogs and Greater Western Sydney are seen as leading the changing of the guard – but only one team can make history this year. Ahead of Saturday evening's preliminary final at Spotless Stadium, opposing coaches Luke Beveridge and Leon Cameron must confront the burning questions, as Jon Pierik writes.

Sydney Swan Aliir Aliir flies over Tom Hawkins in their win against Geelong in round 16.

Scott declares Cats ready for fast-starting Swans

As they prepare for a preliminary final where they will have played only the one match in almost four weeks, Geelong are bracing for a physical opening by the Swans who have emerged as the league's most feared starting side.