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.

AFL

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.

AFL

Malcolm Blight pumps up Hawthorn's Ben McEvoy deal

Malcolm Blight

Jon Pierik Dual-premiership coach says the Hawks could win the flag again with Ben McEvoy.

AFL

Talking shop

Leigh Montagna.

Jon Pierik Star St Kilda midfielder Leigh Montagna could be on his way out of the club as he weighs up the prospect of on-field success elsewhere.

Lake on call to bolster Hawks

Knee blow: Hawk Ryan Schoenmakers.

Jon Pierik Injury to Ryan Schoenmakers may mean he needs a knee reconstruction.

Hawks unveil latest defensive weapon

Time's right: Brian Lake will make his debut for Hawthorn on Sunday.

Jon Pierik Brian Lake was recruited in a bid to improve a defence that struggled to contain power forwards.

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.

Hawks survive fixture from hell

Hawthorn's Brian Lake leads the team in after it defeated Sydney at the MCG.

Jon Pierik Ability to negotiate opening seven rounds against fellow finalists from last year ensures Hawks are equal flag favourites with Geelong.

Roos leap into unknown

Coming through: North Melbourne's Daniel Wells leads Robert Murphy to the ball.

Jon Pierik Despite his dominance in recent weeks, Drew Petrie urged his midfield fleet to consider all options when heading into attack against the Western Bulldogs yesterday.

Drop compensation picks, says player agent

Sherrin

Jon Pierik Marty Pask urges AFL to act to aid clubs and players during free agency.

AFL trading - club by club

Stephen Gilham

Matt Murnane and Jon Pierik Explosive allegations about Adelaide overshadowed all other developments during the week.

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AFL

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.

AFL

Hodge may start late, finish strong

Luke Hodge

Jon Pierik Captain would then be primed later in the year for another premiership tilt.

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.

AFL

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'.

Osborne hopes to rekindle old form with Hawks

Michael Osborne

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.

AFL

Lake clear, young Hawk hurt

Brian Lake.

Jon Pierik Brian Lake may have been embarrassed but it was young midfielder Alex Woodward who was in pain after he again seriously hurt his right knee.

Hawk pair crash lands

Alex Woodward has torn the graft in his reconstructed knee during a skills session.

Jon Pierik Brian Lake may have been embarrassed but young Hawthorn midfielder Alex Woodward in pain.

AFL

'Buddy' to stay, says Roughead

Buddy Franklin

Jon Pierik Jarryd Roughead confident the champion forward will remain at Hawthorn.

AFL coaches: the class of 2013

AFL coaches.

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.

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