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 Hawthorn's forward line passes another major examination in cruising past Sydney.
Jon Pierik Josh Gibson says Hawthorn still has the right balance to be stingy in defence.
Jon Pierik Brilliant small forward hurt in bruising three-point win against North Melbourne.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn midfielder Sam Mitchell is ready for a fresh start, writes Jon Pierik.
Jon Pierik If Richmond is looking for evidence it can feature this season in its first finals campaign in more than a decade, this may be it.
Jon Pierik Sam Mitchell, another of Hawthorn's superstars off contract this season, has opened discussions with the club and hopes to play for at least another three years.
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 As the focus, restrictions and pressures on AFL players rise, it's little wonder Brad Sewell refers to life outside of the football bubble as 'normal'.
Jon Pierik Shaun Burgoyne understands no amount of time will ever erase the stinging memory of Hawthorn's grand final defeat.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn midfielder claims several players to blame for grand final loss to Sydney.
Jon Pierik Players tell AFL they do not want interchange system to be changed next season.
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 and Matt Murnane Hawks ruckman David Hale says team confident it has the game plan to again dislodge Pies.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn midfielder says week off and depth of talent will have them well positioned come preliminary final.
Jon Pierik Hawks move to re-sign tough midfielder who can become restricted free agent at season's end.
Jon Pierik Brad Sewell says the pain of last year’s preliminary final loss will live with him forever.
Jon Pierik Having tasted success, Brad Sewell is pushing hard to again reach the summit.
Jon Pierik The last meeting between the clubs was discounted as a formline before it began, with key Hawthorn midfielders Cyril Rioli, Jordan Lewis and Brad Sewell sidelined, but the ease of the Collingwood...
Jon Pierik Concerns over rule to be discussed when AFL Coaches Association holds annual briefing.
Jon Pierik It has been one of the more talked-about injuries through the pre-season.