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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Petrie could have been asphyxiated, says sports medico

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...

Hawthorn to welcome back three premiership stars

Luke Hodge is over his hamstring injury.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn's injury list is set for a crucial cull, with two, and possibly three, premiership stars to return for Saturday night's clash against a surging Port Adelaide.

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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...

Bowden out of running to become players' chief

Jon Pierik Joel Bowden, the former Richmond defender, is no longer in the running to become the AFL Players Association’s new chief executive.

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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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Undermanned Hawks spoil Blues' party

Levi Casboult and Matt Spangher in an off-the-ball tussle.

Jon Pierik It’s a weekend of celebration for Carlton, with the Blues hosting their 150th anniversary dinner on Saturday night.

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Dayle Garlett set to return to Hawks

Not-so-happy Hawk: Dayle Garlett.

Jon Pierik Reluctant young star takes time off in Perth while two named to make debuts against Lions.

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Tiger trail: what are Martin's options?

Richmond's Dustin Martin.

Jon Pierik If Dustin Martin does leave Richmond, what are his options?

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Hawks go on the offensive over defences

Tackling issues: Hawk hard nuts Brad Sewell and Jordan Lewis.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn tiring of the talk about Fremantle's stifling pressure tactics.

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Famous last words: Clarkson has Hawks guessing

Alastair Clarkson.

Jon Pierik Just what coach will say in final address to players will be unveiled only just before game.

Sewell sure Hawks have learnt lesson

Jon Pierik Brad Sewell says the Hawks will be better equipped in 2014 to challenge for back-to-back flags.

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Franklin ready to reveal his next move

Lance Franklin

Jon Pierik Lance Franklin was given a rousing reception by Hawthorn fans as players and coaches gathered on Sunday to celebrate the club's grand final victory, with the dual premiership winner to decide in days...

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Hawthorn sweating on Franklin and Bailey

Lance Franklin

Jon Pierik While Hawthorn's focus naturally remains on Lance Franklin, a medical examination of ruckman Max Bailey's knees will be a factor in whether the Hawks vigorously pursue another ruckman.

Hawthorn hints at game plan surprise for Pies

Hawk eye: Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson (left) with captain Luke Hodge.

Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane Hawks ruckman David Hale says team confident it has the game plan to again dislodge Pies.

Hawks can plug the gaps: Sewell

Strong start: Hawthorn fans and players celebrate after Friday night’s qualifying final win over Collingwood.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn midfielder says week off and depth of talent will have them well positioned come preliminary final.

Clarkson reaching Kennedy's status: Crawford

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson at quarter time at Etihad Stadium.

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.

Give Buddy a break, says Sewell

Lance Franklin

Jon Pierik Hawthorn midfielder claims several players to blame for grand final loss to Sydney.

Lay off bench: players

AFL substitute

Jon Pierik Players tell AFL they do not want interchange system to be changed next season.

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Burgoyne still finds failure has a bitter taste

Shaun Burgoyne

Jon Pierik Shaun Burgoyne understands no amount of time will ever erase the stinging memory of Hawthorn's grand final defeat.