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.

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Lance Franklin now a 'faceless man' to us, says Alastair Clarkson

Jon Pierik While appreciative of the service he gave, Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says Lance Franklin is now a "faceless man" to the Hawks as the superstar forward aims to inflict more pain on his former...

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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.

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Swans on notice: 'Hawks a different team'

Shaun Burgoyne says the Hawks can fly high once again.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn maestro Shaun Burgoyne has warned the Swans that the Hawks will have a rejigged midfield and will be a ''different'' team when they seek recompense in Saturday night's blockbuster at the MCG.

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James Frawley only worth a three-year contract, say former Demons

Melbourne's James Frawley

Jon Pierik Melbourne has been urged to offer impending free agent James Frawley only a three-year deal, as the Demons' utility reveals his frustration at being the focus of contract speculation.

Angry Eddie McGuire takes aim at Sydney, clubs and News Corp

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Jon Pierik Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has launched another stinging attack on Sydney, and also taken aim at rival club presidents and even one of his own employers, as his feud with the Swans...

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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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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.

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Warwick Capper's life with bad-news Bears

Warwick Capper in 1990.

Jon Pierik It's a laugh a minute when Warwick Capper recalls his three tumultuous years as a Brisbane Bear but it's clear there are also pangs of regret for the one-time glamour full-forward.

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Cats turn up the heat on Steve Johnson to deliver

Mercurial: Steve Johnson.

Jon Pierik Geelong coach Chris Scott has turned the spotlight on Steve Johnson to deliver a "hard but fair" performance when he returns from suspension in Thursday night's blockbuster against the Swans.

Geelong lose key backs Tom Lonergan and Corey Enright for blockbuster against Sydney

Tom Lonergan, left, has not recovered in time from concussion after two collisions with the Kangaroo's Leigh Adams, right.

Jon Pierik Geelong may have an impressive record against Sydney in recent years, but the Cats – and in particular Mark Blicavs – face an enormous challenge to handle the Swans, having left two of their best...

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Chris Scott turns the heat on mauled Cats to respond

Cats players looking dejected after Swans thumping.

Jon Pierik Hurting after a rare thumping loss, Geelong coach Chris Scott has demanded an immediate response from his stunned men, while James Kelly is confident the Cats will ‘‘deliver’’...

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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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Leigh Matthews warns Hawthorn of back-to-back mindset

Jon Pierik Hawks determined to avoid dramatic slump that ruined back-to-back bid in 2009.

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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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Eddie McGuire calls for all AFL clubs to get a fair go

Big money: Lance Franklin's move raised eyebrows.

Jon Pierik Call comes as Sydney mounts renewed push to retain its controversial cost-of-living allowance.

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Hawthorn and the Kangaroos praise fans for dobbing in man over racial abuse of Majak Daw

Majak Daw and Ben McEvoy contest the ball during Friday's match.

Alex Fair and Jon Pierik It was the third time Majak Daw, 22, has been vilified at an AFL ground.

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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.

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AFL players want International Rules series

The International Rules debate comes as players also maintain their push for an all-star or representative match, most likely to be held on the eve of the season.

Jon Pierik AFL players believe the International Rules series has a future.

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Matthew Pavlich says it's time for Dockers to slay Hawks

Fremantle skipper Matthew Pavlich.

Jon Pierik While Fremantle understands Friday night's grand final rematch cannot atone for last September's disappointment, the Dockers know there is a chance for redemption of another kind.

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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.