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

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

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.

AFL

Undermanned Hawks spoil Blues' party

Levi Casboult and Matt Spangher in an off-the-ball tussle.

Jon Pierik It’s a weekend of celebration for Carlton, with the Blues hosting their 150th anniversary dinner on Saturday night.

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...

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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...

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The back-to-back blueprint

Brisbane Lions captain Michael Voss

Jon Pierik How AFL premiers can join the short list of those who followed up with another flag.

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Coach Alastair Clarkson prepared to tinker with his premiership-winning Hawks

Alastair Clarkson.

Jon Pierik Coach says he has learnt from mistakes of 2009 as Hawks plot back-to-back flags.

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Who will step forward?

Travis Cloke.

Jon Pierik How hard is it to find forwards of the highest quality? According to the AFL's chief statisticians, only seven clubs have them.

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Who replaces Buddy? Hawks search for the answer

Lance Franklin.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson knows it could take at least a month into the season proper before the Hawks have a true handle on who replaces Lance Franklin in the forward line.

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Skipper Luke Hodge backs Hawthorn's no-ego ethos

Luke Hodge.

Jon Pierik Hawks will continue to preach a 'no egos' ethos and hope to again plot run to perfection in a bid to secure back-to-back premierships.

AFL

Grant Birchall says Hawks have learnt from first grand final to stay at top

Grant Birchall

Jon Pierik Grant Birchall reveals that an end-of-season meeting has ensured Hawthorn will not make the same mistakes as in 2009.

AFL

Travis Cloke not considered elite by Champion Data

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 12:  Travis Cloke of the Magpies reacts after missing a goal during the round 16 AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Adelaide Crows at Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 12, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Jon Pierik Travis Cloke may be regarded as the premier power forward in the AFL, but a deeper analysis of his game has meant he is not classified as one of the league's elite players.

AFL

Regrets? Hawthorn's coach admits he has a few

Alastair Clarkson

Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says he regrets abusing two Port Melbourne players during a VFL game last weekend, conceding he ‘‘walks the line’’ in terms of his temper more than his coaching...

AFL

Tigers, Blues miss All-Australian nod

Gary Ablett.

Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane Two of the eight AFL finalists have no players in the initial squad of 40.

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Rioli a vital cog for Hawks to stop Cats' run

Rising up: Cyril Rioli at Hawthorn training on Tuesday.

Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane Hawthorn knows it will need to curb Geelong's run from half-back if it is to prevail.

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Hawthorn star Lance Franklin declares he will be fit for AFL grand final

Lance Franklin

Jon Pierik Hawthorn star Lance Franklin says he's feeling no added emotion knowing next Saturday's AFL grand final might be his last game for the club.

AFL

Franklin primed for giant clash

Hawthorn's Lance Franklin.

Jon Pierik Forward won't let emotion of playing in what could be his last game at Hawthorn distract him.

AFL

Hale and hearty

Second coming: David Hale has thrived as a forward and ruckman since joining Hawthorn from North Melbourne.

Jon Pierik Hawk attributes his form to finding the right balance between the "bubble" and life outside.

AFL

First stop premiership, then Buddy can start thinking of the millions

Lance Franklin

Jon Pierik While his focus is on the grand final, Lance Franklin knows there is another moment of truth fast approaching.

AFL

Buddy's moments of truth

Buddy Franklin

Jon Pierik While his focus is on the grand final, Lance Franklin knows there is another moment of truth fast approaching.

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Backward move good for Gibson

Josh Gibson

Jon Pierik The Hawk is not kicking goals, but he has no regrets, writes Jon Pierik.