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 Ability to negotiate opening seven rounds against fellow finalists from last year ensures Hawks are equal flag favourites with Geelong.
Jon Pierik Josh Gibson says Hawthorn still has the right balance to be stingy in defence.
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.
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.
Jon Pierik Jarryd Roughead confident the champion forward will remain at Hawthorn.
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 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 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 Captain would then be primed later in the year for another premiership tilt.
Matt Murnane and Jon Pierik Explosive allegations about Adelaide overshadowed all other developments during the week.
Jon Pierik Marty Pask urges AFL to act to aid clubs and players during free agency.
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 With the start of the AFL's pre-season competition less than three weeks away, it's time to go around the grounds and check up on the clubs' injury lists.
Jon Pierik Boost for Bulldogs with Cooney back to full training and Brian Lake due next week.
Jon Pierik VETERAN coach Rodney Eade says he has no intention of quitting the Western Bulldogs and is in for the ''long haul''.