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 Josh Gibson says Hawthorn still has the right balance to be stingy in defence.
Jon Pierik Ability to negotiate opening seven rounds against fellow finalists from last year ensures Hawks are equal flag favourites with Geelong.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn's forward line passes another major examination in cruising past Sydney.
Jon Pierik Injury to Ryan Schoenmakers may mean he needs a knee reconstruction.
Jon Pierik Brian Lake was recruited in a bid to improve a defence that struggled to contain power forwards.
Jon Pierik Brilliant small forward hurt in bruising three-point win against North Melbourne.
Jon Pierik Former Hawthorn president says Hawks coach should leave or be sacked at the end of the year.
Jon Pierik It's not only members and supporters of Melbourne who are worried about their team.
Jon Pierik Skipper ''raring to go'' ahead of his return against the West Coast Eagles.
Compiled by Rohan Connolly and Jon Pierik Rohan Connolly and Jon Pierik take a look at the men guiding the 18 teams in the AFL fray.
Jon Pierik Former Cat says any cap must be enforced for up to a decade to ensure everyone can adjust.
Jon Pierik Lance Franklin says Hawthorn is 'shocked' that he has put contract renegotiations on hold and admits the uncertainty over his future is going to be a distraction for the club.
Jon Pierik Lance Franklin's manager says scenario is different to Gary Ablett jnr's move to the Suns.
Jon Pierik Jarryd Roughead confident the champion forward will remain at Hawthorn.
Jon Pierik Veteran Hawk Michael Osborne is adamant he still has plenty to offer and hopes to be fully fit by the start of the season.
Jon Pierik Shane Crawford says Alastair Clarkson will deserve to be considered in the same class as legendary coach John Kennedy if the Hawks can win a second premiership under his stewardship
Jon Pierik HAWTHORN great Shane Crawford says Alastair Clarkson will deserve to be mentioned in the same class as legendary coach John Kennedy if the Hawks can secure a second premiership under his stewardship.
Jon Pierik As Hawthorn's resident DJ, Ben Stratton has helped change the Hawks' tune on and off the field this season.
Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane Hawks ruckman David Hale says team confident it has the game plan to again dislodge Pies.
Jon Pierik AS A high school teacher in the making, David Hale will no doubt espouse the benefits of learning to his pupils when his days at Hawthorn are over.