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 Reluctant young star takes time off in Perth while two named to make debuts against Lions.
Jon Pierik Dual-premiership coach says the Hawks could win the flag again with Ben McEvoy.
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.
Jon Pierik Injury to Ryan Schoenmakers may mean he needs a knee reconstruction.
Jon Pierik Brian Lake was recruited in a bid to improve a defence that struggled to contain power forwards.
Jon Pierik Brilliant small forward hurt in bruising three-point win against North Melbourne.
Jon Pierik Josh Gibson says Hawthorn still has the right balance to be stingy in defence.
Jon Pierik Ability to negotiate opening seven rounds against fellow finalists from last year ensures Hawks are equal flag favourites with Geelong.
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.
Jon Pierik Marty Pask urges AFL to act to aid clubs and players during free agency.
Matt Murnane and Jon Pierik Explosive allegations about Adelaide overshadowed all other developments during the week.
Jon Pierik Shaun Burgoyne understands no amount of time will ever erase the stinging memory of Hawthorn's grand final defeat.
Jon Pierik Captain would then be primed later in the year for another premiership tilt.
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 Veteran Hawk Michael Osborne is adamant he still has plenty to offer and hopes to be fully fit by the start of the season.
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.
Jon Pierik Brian Lake may have been embarrassed but young Hawthorn midfielder Alex Woodward in pain.
Jon Pierik Jarryd Roughead confident the champion forward will remain at Hawthorn.
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.