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 grand final 2015: Recalled Jack Gunston says Hawks will have plenty of weapons

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...

AFL grand final 2015: Hawks ready for a 'hot and horrid' contest

Sam Mitchell holds his daughter as he waves to the crowd during the AFL grand final parade on Friday.

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.

North Melbourne's Michael Firrito to play on next year

Jon Pierik Having enjoyed another strong season, North Melbourne defender Michael Firrito appears all but to certain to play on next year.

Neil Craig quits Essendon to join Carlton as coaching director

John Barker.

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.

This year has been my toughest, admits Brisbane Lions coach Justin Leppitsch

Difficult year: Lions coach Justin Leppitsch.

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.

AFL grand final 2015: Alastair Clarkson insists Hawthorn focused only on Eagles - not on history

Focused: Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson.

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...

John Worsfold steps up bid to win Essendon coaching job

Chasing Essendon position: John Worsfold.

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.

AFL finals 2015: Hawthorn 'can't play that badly again', says Mitchell

AFL Sherrin

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...

AFL to take a collective approach in dividing TV cash

AFL Sherrin

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...

AFL grand final 2015: High-flying Hawks could cash in on 'three-peat' slogan

AFL Sherrin

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.

AFL grand final 2015: Jack Gunston 'on track' for return

Premiership experience: Jarryd Roughead.

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.

AFL finals 2015: Hot weather could hurt Hawthorn's flag hopes

Crucial recovery: The Hawks will be prepared for tough conditions.

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.

AFL finals 2015: Who will be Hawthorn's selection heartbreak tale?

Tough call: One of Ryan Schoenmakers and Jack Gunston are likely to miss out.

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.

Matthew Kreuzer re-signs with Blues, Jake Melksham walks out on Bombers

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.

Matthew Kreuzer commits to Carlton Football Club

Carlton's Matthew Kreuzer

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.

AFL finals 2015: Five questions on the North Melbourne-West Coast Eagles preliminary final

Jon Pierik Will the West Coast Eagles preview or will the Kangaroos vault into their first grand final since 1999? We examine.

Matthew Kreuzer to clarify AFL contract offer with Carlton

Uncertain future: Matthew Kreuzer.

Jon Pierik Matthew Kreuzer's future at Carlton will be clearer in coming days when the uncontracted ruckman again meets with the Blues.

AFL 2015 finals: Hawthorn have learnt from 'intimidating' Eagles crowd: Jordan Lewis

Key to victory: Jordan Lewis (right) says the Hawks must win the contested-ball battle in Perth.

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.

North Melbourne's Jack Ziebell keen to lock in a contract extension

AFL Sherrin

Jon Pierik North Melbourne are set to move to lock in hard nut Jack Ziebell ahead of his contract season.

AFL finals 2015: Hawthorn's Jack Gunston in race to prove fitness

Jack Gunston was injured during the qualifying final against West Coast.

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.