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

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.

AFL

Clarkson to treat Franklin as 'just another opponent'

Flying high: Hawthorn players celebrate after belting St Kilda by 145 points.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson will treat Lance Franklin as "just another opponent" as the Hawks begin plotting the defeat of the Sydney Swans - and their former superstar Franklin - at ANZ Stadium...

AFL

No grudge against Sydney Swan 'Buddy' Franklin, says Hawthorn's Jarryd Roughead

Jarryd Roughead nsists Hawthorn does not hold any grudge against its departed dual premiership superstar.

Jon Pierik Jarryd Roughead says there is likely to be friendly banter with Lance Franklin this week but insists Hawthorn does not hold any grudge against its departed dual premiership superstar.

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.

AFL

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...

AFL

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...

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

Hawks seek payback against Cats

Coach Alastair Clarkson indicated the Hawks are still smarting from the long losing streak.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says the messages of last year's winning preliminary final which killed the so-called Kennett Curse will resonate again on Monday as the Hawks continue to seek...

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...

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.

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.