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

Scott Pendlebury backs night AFL grand final

Jon Pierik Collingwood captain backs suggestions for the AFL grand final to be shifted from its traditional afternoon timeslot.

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.

Geelong star Steven Motlop still in pain over missing grand final

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 07: Steven Motlop of the Cats celebrates after scoring a goal during the round two AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Etihad Stadium on April 7, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)

Jon Pierik Motlop reveals the pain of losing a week earlier to Hawthorn was too much.

Anderson set to win a grand final recall

Jed Anderson of the Box Hill Hawks marks over the top of Jackson Sheringham of the Cats during the VFL grand final match on Saturday.

Michael Gleeson, Jon Pierik and Brent Diamond As Hawthorn seeks grand final redemption, at least one player will get a reprieve.

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Grant Birchall says Hawks have learnt from first grand final to stay at top

Grant Birchall

Jon Pierik Grant Birchall reveals that an end-of-season meeting has ensured Hawthorn will not make the same mistakes as in 2009.

Sewell doesn't want to dwell on grand final defeat

Brad Sewell.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn midfielder Brad Sewell has urged teammates to banish memories of their grand final defeat, declaring that dwelling on the past could impact on their hopes for redemption next season.

No room for slacking as Hawks train for phantom game ahead of real thing against Port Adelaide

Matt Suckling of the Hawks warms up

Jon Pierik Hawthorn forward Jack Gunston✓ hopes an intense fortnight of training will help avoid another preliminary-final heart burner, when the Hawks confront a buoyant Port Adelaide on Saturday.

Kangaroo Brent Harvey faces nervous wait over Joel Selwood head clash

Harvey celebrates with fans after Friday night's win over Geelong.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne veteran Brent Harvey faces an anxious wait, with opinion divided over whether he faces suspension from Friday night's preliminary final against the Sydney Swans.

Beaten Geelong sweats over four stars

Steve Johnson

Jon Pierik The fitness issues of Steve Johnson, Steven Motlop and Allen Christensen and possible match review panel scrutiny of an incident involving Tom Hawkins will dominate Geelong's thinking as it seeks to...

Alastair Clarkson says Hawks to play at full throttle against Magpies

Cool runnings: Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury takes a breather at training on Wednesday.

Matt Murnane, Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has vowed to approach Friday's blockbuster against Collingwood as a full dress rehearsal for finals, underlining how crucial it is to take winning form into September.

Free agency not great for Saints: Nick Riewoldt

Nick Riewoldt:

Jon Pierik As St Kilda takes the formative steps in its rebuild, skipper Nick Riewoldt admits free agency has not been kind to the Saints and hopes equalisation will help give all clubs a greater chance to lure...

AFL

A rivalry of note: Carlton versus Kangaroos

2012: Chris Judd feuls the tradition.

Jon Pierik There is something about the history between the Blues and Kangaroos which long-time observers believe deserves greater credence

Kangaroos star hopes Voss can help his game

Determined: Jack Ziebell at training on Friday.

Jon Pierik As he sat with the green vest on for almost three quarters against Carlton a fortnight ago, Jack Ziebell developed somewhat of a new perspective on the game.

AFL

10 burning questions for Gillon McLachlan

Gillon McLachlan.

Jon Pierik From a night grand final to the fallout from Essendon: the key issues Gillon McLachlan must address.

New AFL chief McLachlan outlines his vision

Gillon McLachlan with Mike Fitzpatrick.

Jon Pierik New AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan says he has a "clear vision" for the league's future, declaring improving the financial health of battling clubs, engaging with supporters and dealing with...

Stephen Kernahan: Hits, misses and reflections on 29 years at Carlton

Stephen Kernahan.

Jon Pierik As he steps aside after 29 years in an official capacity at Carlton, either as a player, assistant coach or board director, Stephen Kernahan reflects on some of the key moments.

AFL

John Nicholls says Carlton needs to shed arrogant image

John Nicholls.

Jon Pierik Named the No.1 player in Carlton's history, the legendary John Nicholls says it's time for the Blues to shed their arrogant image, which he believes has tarnished the club for decades.

AFL

Anthony Koutoufides says Richmond Tigers have mental hurdles against Carlton Blues

Jon Pierik Carlton great Anthony Koutoufides says Richmond has been scarred by last year’s two fade-outs against the Blues and faces a critical moment when the two teams clash on Thursday.

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Anthony Koutoufides says Richmond Tigers have mental hurdles against Carlton Blues

No place to hide: Richmond?s Brett Deledio and Chris Newman after the elimination final loss against Carlton last September.

Jon Pierik Carlton great Anthony Koutoufides says Richmond has been scarred by last year’s two fade-outs against the Blues.

AFL

Dockers ready for secret midfield business

Winning formula: Aaron Sandilands boasts a league-high 75.8 winning percentage in contests this season.

Jon Pierik Fremantle captain Matthew Pavlich is confident Dockers ruckman Aaron Sandilands and his midfielders will be able to negate any surprise Hawthorn tactic in Friday night's grand-final replay, with the...