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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

AFL

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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AFL

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.

AFL

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.

AFL

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.

AFL

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.

AFL

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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AFL

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.

AFL

AFL coaches: who is under most pressure?

Gold Coast Suns coach Guy Mckenna.

Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane Which coach will feel the heat most from club and supporters this season?

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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.

AFL

International rules: Australia beaten by Ireland in series opener

The Australian war cry.

Jon Pierik Australia had been urged to bring a "razzle dazzle" style to its opening international rules Test, but it was Ireland who shone after a 22-point victory.

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International Rules

With no Franklin, Ryder the big hope to spark struggling Indigenous team

Paddy Ryder

Jon Pierik With Lance Franklin now gone, Australia is hoping Essendon ruckman Paddy Ryder can join the team in Ireland this week to help revive their International Rules Series hopes.

International rules

Australians hope Ryder can replace Franklin in Ireland

Ireland's Colm Boyle tries to get the ball off Leroy Jetta of Australia during the International rules match on Saturday.

Jon Pierik With Lance Franklin now gone, Australia is hoping Essendon ruckman Paddy Ryder can join the team in Ireland this week to help revive its international rules series.

AFL

Coach vouches for the bonding in the booze

Jon Pierik Australian international rules coach Michael O'Loughlin has defended his players over a boozy night out.

AFL

Drinking session was about team bonding: O'Loughlin

Sherrin football

Jon Pierik Australian international rules coach Michael O'Loughlin has defended his players over their boozy night out, declaring a session which lasted until after 5am was all about team bonding.