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

Collingwood star Ron Richards dies aged 85

Jon Pierik Premiership star, the younger brother of club legend Lou Richards, has died aged 85.

AFL

Hawthorn star Lance Franklin declares he will be fit for AFL grand final

Lance Franklin

Jon Pierik Hawthorn star Lance Franklin says he's feeling no added emotion knowing next Saturday's AFL grand final might be his last game for the club.

AFL

AFL best to safeguard game: Cat

Jimmy Bartel

Jon Pierik Jimmy Bartel says AFL is doing enough to guard against match fixing.

AFL

Underdog tag? The Cats wear it well, says star midfielder

Jimmy Bartel

Jon Pierik As the mind games begin, Geelong champion Jimmy Bartel says Hawthorn will head into Friday night's preliminary final as favourite and has urged his teammates to be brave with their ball use.

AFL

Dons' ruck signs for two years

Essendon's Tom Bellchambers battles with Eagle Scott Lycett in round 20.

Jon Pierik Tom Bellchambers re-signing may indicate Bombers will not lose key players.

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AFL

Rioli a vital cog for Hawks to stop Cats' run

Rising up: Cyril Rioli at Hawthorn training on Tuesday.

Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane Hawthorn knows it will need to curb Geelong's run from half-back if it is to prevail.

AFL

Tiger trail: what are Martin's options?

Richmond's Dustin Martin.

Jon Pierik If Dustin Martin does leave Richmond, what are his options?

AFL

Hawks ready for 'flick of switch', says skipper

Luke Hodge.

Jon Pierik Luke Hodge vows Hawks will be ready to combat Geelong in preliminary final.

AFL

Tigers face losing Martin

Dustin Martin.

Michael Gleeson and Jon Pierik Richmond confronts the unpalatable prospect of losing Dustin Martin for nothing.

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AFL

Club guarding against a finals fade-out: Hodge

Luke Hodge

Jon Pierik Hawthorn skipper Luke Hodge vows the team won't ''take the foot off the pedal''.

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AFL

Blues want Betts 'at the right price'

Eddie Betts.

Jon Pierik and Michael Gleeson Goalsneak can pursue significant offers from Adelaide and North Melbourne.

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AFL

Proactive Pies plot redemption

Luke Ball

Jon Pierik Collingwood's players vow collectively to seek redemption next season.

AFL

Lost form, not curse, is the issue for Scott

Geelong coach Chris Scott.

Peter Hanlon and Jon Pierik Chris Scott has given Hawthorn further reason to believe it can defeat Geelong.

Hawks know road to decider will feel like a final

Luke Breust

Jon Pierik Dismissing suggestions of any lingering psychological scarring, Hawthorn small forward Luke Breust says Geelong is the team the Hawks ''want to beat'' if they are to secure this year's premiership.

AFL

Malthouse targets Thomas but warns there's no quick fix

Mick Malthouse

Jon Pierik Blues prepare to vigorously pursue the uncontracted Magpie to provide run through midfield.

AFL

Tame Blues stretched as class wins

Which way?: Carlton's Marc Murphy takes a one-hand mark over Swan Craig Bird.

Jon Pierik Battered Swans secure four-goal win and book preliminary-final berth against Fremantle.

AFL

Blues big man proves key in resurgence

Jon Pierik Bryce Gibbs says Robbie Warnock has contributed much to Blues' late-season surge.

AFL

No Carlton fear after MCG win: Malthouse

Mick Malthouse

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has reminded his men they ''can stand up anywhere''.

AFL

Matthew Kreuzer in doubt for semi-final

Carlton's Matthew Kreuzer.

Jon Pierik Carlton ruckman Matthew Kreuzer is in doubt for Saturday night's semi-final against Sydney as he battles a calf complaint.

AFL

Magpie denies Bucks war

Collingwood's Scott Pendlebury

Jon Pierik and Michael Gleeson Scott Pendlebury admits Pies "just a middle-of-the-rung side", but denies they need a rebuild.

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