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.

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Lance Franklin now a 'faceless man' to us, says Alastair Clarkson

Jon Pierik While appreciative of the service he gave, Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says Lance Franklin is now a "faceless man" to the Hawks as the superstar forward aims to inflict more pain on his former...

Healthy Alastair Clarkson back as coach of Hawthorn

Back to work: Alastair Clarkson.

Jon Pierik Alastair Clarkson will return as Hawthorn coach against North Melbourne on Friday night, having been absent for five weeks because of illness.

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Alastair Clarkson responding well to treatment, says Hawks president Andrew Newbold

Alastair Clarkson

Jon Pierik Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold says Alastair Clarkson has "responded well" to initial treatment after being diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome but the Hawks do not have a date in mind for his...

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Alastair Clarkson unlikely to coach again this season because of Guillain-Barre syndrome, says Ian Stewart

Alastair Clarkson is in hospital with the serious auto-immune condition.

Jon Pierik Triple Brownlow medallist Ian Stewart, still recovering two years after being diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome, says it is "very doubtful" Alastair Clarkson will return to coaching Hawthorn...

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Hawthorn hopeful coach Alastair Clarkson will be back in a month

Jon Pierik and Emma Quayle Hawthorn remains hopeful that Alastair Clarkson will be back in the senior coaching seat in a month, but will not allow him to return to work until he is completely ready.

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Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson sidelined for at least four more weeks

Alastair Clarkson.

Jon Pierik Alastair Clarkson will not coach Hawthorn for at least the next four rounds, with a time frame for his return still unclear.

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Coach Alastair Clarkson prepared to tinker with his premiership-winning Hawks

Alastair Clarkson.

Jon Pierik Coach says he has learnt from mistakes of 2009 as Hawks plot back-to-back flags.

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Demons shouldn't rush into succession plan

Paul Roos.

Jon Pierik Paul Roos needed the lure of a succession plan for him to accept the Melbourne coaching role late last season.

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McLachlan invites AFL coaches over for a homely chat

Gillon McLachlan has asked all 18 senior coaches to his home for an informal chat.

Jon Pierik Debate over the need for official accreditation and a desire to have a more constructive say in the growth and well-being of the game will be discussed by senior club coaches when they meet AFL chief...

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Focus on AFL coaches unnecessary, says Paul Roos

The state of the wall in the MCG coaches' box after Alastair Clarkson gave vent to his feelings in season 2012.

Jon Pierik Melbourne coach Paul Roos says the propensity of AFL broadcasters to regularly cut to coaches in an animated state on game day is unnecessary and does not add to the spectacle.

Mick Malthouse, Cameron Ling in verbal stoush

Mick Malthouse

Jon Pierik UPDATE: Carlton coach Mick Malthouse was so incensed by the lack of his customary footage while coaching at the SCG on Saturday night that he vented his anger at half-time in a verbal stoush with...

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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

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Are the Hawks better without Cyril Rioli?

Cyril Rioli stretches for the ball and injures his hamstring against Gold Coast on Saturday.

Jon Pierik Cyril Rioli may be regarded as one of the AFL's premier match-winners, but Hawthorn can take comfort against North Melbourne on Friday night knowing its record without the speedy forward is...

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Petrie could have been asphyxiated, says sports medico

Hawthorn expects this incident to face match review panel scrutiny.

Jon Pierik and Stathi Paxinos Leading sports medico Dr Peter Larkins was so concerned by Brian Lake's alleged choke on Drew Petrie that he feared the Kangaroos forward could have been asphyxiated.

Ryan Schoenmakers to add to Hawks' flexibility

Ryan Schoenmakers is chased by Matt De Boer of the Dockers during the round four match last season. Schoenmnakers has not played a senior game since.

Jon Pierik While the imminent blooding of a fifth debutant this season has Hawthorn hopeful of remaining an on-field power for some time, the return of Ryan Schoenmakers is likely to provide an immediate boost...

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Clarkson to treat Franklin as 'just another opponent'

Flying high: Hawthorn players celebrate after belting St Kilda by 145 points.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson will treat Lance Franklin as "just another opponent" as the Hawks begin plotting the defeat of the Sydney Swans - and their former superstar Franklin - at ANZ Stadium...

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Richmond's plan to play like Hawks hasn't worked, admits Jack Riewoldt

'Unfortunately we went one way with our game, and the game went the other way.'

Jon Pierik If Richmond is looking for answers for their early season demise, Jack Riewoldt has offered a major one.

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Hawks hope to silence the 'Portress'

Home-ground advantage: Port’s crowd has been another weapon for the AFL’s top team this season.

Jon Pierik While Hawthorn's focus will be on subduing Port Adelaide's players in Saturday night's top-of-the-table blockbuster at the Adelaide Oval, the Hawks know by doing that will also silence another Power...

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Battered Hawks to 'drip feed' the return of their stars

On target: Brad Sewell (centre) after kicking a goal.

Jon Pierik Hardnut midfielder Brad Sewell said the Hawks look forward to "drip feeding" several of their best players back into the side, as they prepare for a month with coach Alastair Clarkson on the...

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Hawks seek payback against Cats

Coach Alastair Clarkson indicated the Hawks are still smarting from the long losing streak.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says the messages of last year's winning preliminary final which killed the so-called Kennett Curse will resonate again on Monday as the Hawks continue to seek...