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.

  Patrick Dangerfield of the Cats (left) is rated the competition's best midfielder but needs more support.

Handling pressure: How the Cats hope to get the cream

Stand-in coach Matthew Knights was happy with the manner in which Geelong handled Hawthorn's pressure in the JLT series opener in Launceston, but the Cats have much to prove in this regard if they are to be a genuine premiership threat this year.