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

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

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

Lots of life left in Chris Judd, says Carlton's Robert Wiley

Chris Judd is training well after wrist and elbow surgery.

Jon Pierik But there is no guarantee the champion midfielder will play beyond 2014.

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

Carrazzo available for Swans but Murphy return uncertain

Brave face: Andrew Carrazzo believes the Blues will have to be at their best to beat the Tigers.

Jon Pierik Carlton midfielder will be available for selection for clash against Sydney.

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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AFL

Murphy lost 3kg after cheek break

Carlton's Marc Murphy and Lachie Henderson during a media conference.

Jon Pierik Carlton skipper was unable to eat properly for three weeks after head clash with Luke Hodge.

AFL

Head clash left Murphy sore, but he persisted

Marc Murphy.

Jon Pierik Carlton skipper Marc Murphy has revealed he lost three kilograms and was unable to eat properly for three weeks as a result of a sickening head clash with Luke Hodge that left him with a severe...

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AFL

Club guarding against a finals fade-out: Hodge

Luke Hodge

Jon Pierik Hawthorn skipper Luke Hodge vows the team won't ''take the foot off the pedal''.

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AFL

Tiger trail: what are Martin's options?

Richmond's Dustin Martin.

Jon Pierik If Dustin Martin does leave Richmond, what are his options?

AFL

Hawks ready for 'flick of switch', says skipper

Luke Hodge.

Jon Pierik Luke Hodge vows Hawks will be ready to combat Geelong in preliminary final.

AFL

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.

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

Ump, keep an eye on Crowley, says Diesel

Ryan Crowley spoils Sam Mitchell during the round 19 match between Fremantle and Hawthorn in Perth.

Jon Pierik Dual Brownlow medallist urges grand final umpires to keep a close eye on Fremantle tagger.

AFL

Hawks go on the offensive over defences

Tackling issues: Hawk hard nuts Brad Sewell and Jordan Lewis.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn tiring of the talk about Fremantle's stifling pressure tactics.

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.

AFL

Medal for Gibson

A prominent jumper was missing from the row put up for auction at the Hawthorn best and fairest on Saturday - Lance Franklin's well-known No 23.

Jon Pierik Superb finals campaign helps defender emerge as surprise winner in best-and-fairest count.

AFL

Yarran over a fit of the blues

On the ball: Chris Yarran in full flight during the international rules team's practice match at Parnell Park in Dublin.

Jon Pierik The forward's frustrations of last season, triggered by injury, are now behind him.