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.
Jon Pierik While he feels for heartbreak kid Billy Hartung, returning forward Jack Gunston says the decision to retain Ryan Schoenmakers will ensure the Hawks boast tremendous marking power inside attacking 50...
Jon Pierik Hawthorn star Sam Mitchell has urged his experienced teammates to match West Coast's raw enthusiasm and intensity in a grand final the Hawks believe shapes as a "hot and horrid" affair.
Jon Pierik Having enjoyed another strong season, North Melbourne defender Michael Firrito appears all but to certain to play on next year.
Jon Pierik The rebuild of Carlton has taken another major step, with Essendon football boss Neil Craig quitting the Bombers to oversee Brendon Bolton's revamped young coaching team at Princes Park.
Jon Pierik Brisbane Lions coach Justin Leppitsch has declared the 2015 campaign the toughest of his football career but says a review of the club will provide a springboard for a revival.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has banished talk his team is chasing history in Saturday's grand final, declaring the Hawks are only concerned with regaining the edge over an opponent they had lost...
Jon Pierik and Caroline Wilson John Worsfold will provide his second presentation to Essendon in coming days as he steps up his bid to win the senior coaching job and restore the Bombers' reputation as one of the "great" clubs.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn champion Sam Mitchell believes the recent loss to West Coast has heightened the Hawks' intensity, ensuring they won't regress on Saturday to the poor level of play they displayed in their...
Jon Pierik The AFL has told club presidents it intends to divide the broadcasting rights bonanza up in more of a group co-ordinated manner rather than dealing with parties such as the players and clubs...
Jon Pierik Hawthorn could have the opportunity of cashing in on the "three-peat" slogan should they claim a triple-treat of premierships, with victory to also provide a "halo" commercial impact for players.
Jon Pierik Critical Hawthorn goalkicker Jack Gunston is "on track" to return for the grand final after answering all questions asked of him in a track session on Monday, said football director Chris Fagan.
Jon Pierik One of the warmest days tipped in grand-final history could impact on Hawthorn's ability to snare a three-peat of premierships, an AFL great has warned.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn sharpshooter Jack Gunston threatens to join a list of grand-final week heartbreak tales, with the clever forward in a desperate race against time to prove his fitness.
Michael Gleeson and Jon Pierik After testing the water for a move to Collingwood, Carlton free agent Matthew Kreuzer has re-signed to remain at the Blues.
Jon Pierik Matthew Kreuzer has ended speculation that he would join a new AFL club by re-signing with Carlton on a new two-year deal.
Jon Pierik Will the West Coast Eagles preview or will the Kangaroos vault into their first grand final since 1999? We examine.
Jon Pierik Matthew Kreuzer's future at Carlton will be clearer in coming days when the uncontracted ruckman again meets with the Blues.
Jon Pierik While dealing with a voracious Perth crowd is one factor on Hawthorn's mind heading into Friday night's preliminary final, so too is at least matching the Dockers in the contested-ball stakes.
Jon Pierik North Melbourne are set to move to lock in hard nut Jack Ziebell ahead of his contract season.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn are confident they have the necessary inside toughness and outside run to trouble Fremantle but doubt remains over the fitness of forward Jack Gunston.