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 Hawthorn tiring of the talk about Fremantle's stifling pressure tactics.
Jon Pierik Just what coach will say in final address to players will be unveiled only just before game.
Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane Hawthorn knows it will need to curb Geelong's run from half-back if it is to prevail.
Jon Pierik Ability to negotiate opening seven rounds against fellow finalists from last year ensures Hawks are equal flag favourites with Geelong.
Jon Pierik Key advantage seen in playing last year's finalists through opening seven rounds.
Jon Pierik Brilliant small forward hurt in bruising three-point win against North Melbourne.
Jon Pierik Jarryd Roughead confident the champion forward will remain at Hawthorn.
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 Captain would then be primed later in the year for another premiership tilt.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn declares key midfielders Jordan Lewis and Clinton Young fit for Saturday's preliminary final against Adelaide at the MCG.
Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane Hawks ruckman David Hale says team confident it has the game plan to again dislodge Pies.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn defender Brendan Whitecross will miss the rest of the finals after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn midfielder says week off and depth of talent will have them well positioned come preliminary final.
Ashley Porter and Jon Pierik Buoyed by their semi-final win, the Crows are focussing on taming Lance Franklin, reinvigorating forward Kurt Tippett and reinventing their backline.
Ashley Porter, Jon Pierik Adelaide, buoyed by its semi-final win over Fremantle on Friday night, has quickly turned its attention to taming Lance Franklin, reinvigorating its own forward Kurt Tippett and reinventing its back...
Jon Pierik Hawthorn should be revelling in on-field form, but it was on the back foot yesterday.
Jon Pierik Carlton captain has analysed the reason for his modest form in the final month of last season.
Jon Pierik It has been one of the more talked-about injuries through the pre-season.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn has the game plan to overcome Geelong and Collingwood, says Jordan Lewis, as long as everyone plays for the team.