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.


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.

Franklin in doubt for Port clash

Lance Franklin

Jon Pierik Lance Franklin is in doubt for Saturday's clash against Port Adelaide at AAMI Stadium, as he battles a ''minor injury''.


Tiger trail: what are Martin's options?

Richmond's Dustin Martin.

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


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.


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.


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.

Hawks hang tough but Rioli injured

Hawthorn's Cyril Rioli winces after injuring his hamstring.

Jon Pierik Brilliant small forward hurt in bruising three-point win against North Melbourne.

Two down but Hawks defence will hold

Josh Gibson

Jon Pierik Josh Gibson says Hawthorn still has the right balance to be stingy in defence.

Forward thinking is paying off for Hawks

Brad Sewell is wrapped up by Sydney's Ryan O'Keefe at the MCG on Saturday.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn's forward line passes another major examination in cruising past Sydney.

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.


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.

Sewell doesn't want to dwell on grand final defeat

Brad Sewell.

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.


Football bubble not normal: Hawk

Brad Sewell and Buddy Franklin.

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'.


Mitchell wants three more years with Hawks

Hawthorn's Sam Mitchell

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.