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

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...

AFL

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.

Buddy Franklin loss tougher than Gary Ablett, says Cats boss Colin Carter

Colin Carter:

Jon Pierik While they have been the fiercest of rivals for seven seasons, with another chapter to be played out at the MCG on Saturday night, there is also great respect between Geelong and Hawthorn.

Free agency not great for Saints: Nick Riewoldt

Nick Riewoldt:

Jon Pierik As St Kilda takes the formative steps in its rebuild, skipper Nick Riewoldt admits free agency has not been kind to the Saints and hopes equalisation will help give all clubs a greater chance to lure...

AFL

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.

AFL

Demons shouldn't rush into succession plan

Paul Roos.

Jon Pierik Paul Roos needed the lure of a succession plan for him to accept the Melbourne coaching role late last season.

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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AFL

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.

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

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

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.

AFL

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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AFL

Travis Cloke still keeps defender awake at night

Brent Harvey plays Pied Piper at North’s family day.

Jon Pierik While Wayne Carey has called for Travis Cloke to be ''stronger upstairs'', the Collingwood forward's likely opponent on Saturday says he was unlikely to have a relaxing sleep heading into the...

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.

AFL

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...

AFL

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’’...

International Rules

Later-starter Franklin overlooked for honour

Nathan Lovett-Murray, Daniel Wells and Michael O'Loughlin (coach) of the International Rules team visit the Gaelic Athletic Association Museum at Croke Park in Dublin on Monday.

Jon Pierik, Dublin North Melbourne star Daniel Wells to captain, with Aaron Davey his deputy.

AFL

Franklin jets in for a touch of Irish rules

Lance

Jon Pierik After a heady fortnight, Lance Franklin has declared he is ready to focus on his next assignment.