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 A pre-September motivational speech by club great Jason Dunstall helped to provide the springboard for Hawthorn's surge to back-to-back premierships.
Jon Pierik Joking he had been struck down by a "family curse", Hawthorn game-breaker Cyril Rioli has declared his rehabilitated hamstring is ready to handle the furnace that is an AFL grand final when he lines...
Jon Pierik The Swans may have enjoyed what could be described as the perfect run in to the grand final, but coach John Longmire has cautioned that means nothing come the first bounce on Saturday.
Jon Pierik Recalled Hawthorn ruckman Ben McEvoy has revealed he feared he would run out of time to force his way back into the senior side, having been banished to the VFL since round 22.
Jon Pierik Collingwood captain backs suggestions for the AFL grand final to be shifted from its traditional afternoon timeslot.
Jon Pierik Motlop reveals the pain of losing a week earlier to Hawthorn was too much.
Jon Pierik Grant Birchall reveals that an end-of-season meeting has ensured Hawthorn will not make the same mistakes as in 2009.
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.
Michael Gleeson, Jon Pierik and Brent Diamond As Hawthorn seeks grand final redemption, at least one player will get a reprieve.
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.
Jon Pierik Healthy year-on-year viewership figures and a spike in grand final television and digital media ratings have the AFL well positioned for official negotiations over a broadcast rights contract.
Jon Pierik Fast footy: Secret men's business: There much debate about Hawthorn's line-up through the week, with the club's coaches, naturally, keeping their cards close to their chest.
Jon Pierik Bruce McAvaney says this year's Brownlow Medal count on Monday night has the potential to be the greatest of all time if Gary Ablett hangs on to win.
Jon Pierik Former Melbourne forward Mitch Clark is set to decide on Sunday where he hopes to reactivate his AFL career next season.
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.
Jon Pierik Former St Kilda midfielder Clint Jones says he is ready to reinvigorate his AFL career.
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.
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...
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.
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...