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 Ability to negotiate opening seven rounds against fellow finalists from last year ensures Hawks are equal flag favourites with Geelong.
Jon Pierik Brilliant small forward hurt in bruising three-point win against North Melbourne.
Jon Pierik Josh Gibson says Hawthorn still has the right balance to be stingy in defence.
Jon Pierik Injury to Ryan Schoenmakers may mean he needs a knee reconstruction.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn, according to many, had the toughest opening seven rounds.
Jon Pierik Key advantage seen in playing last year's finalists through opening seven rounds.
Jon Pierik Hard-nosed defender Nick Duigan a surprise axing by Carlton after one match.
Jon Pierik Skipper ''raring to go'' ahead of his return against the West Coast Eagles.
Jon Pierik Essendon's Patrick Ryder and Nick Kommer face stints on the sidelines.
Jon Pierik Former Hawthorn president says Hawks coach should leave or be sacked at the end of the year.
Jon Pierik Jimmy Bartel talks about his close family bonds – and his desire for more success with his football family.
Jon Pierik Free agents will continue to be the main focus of fans and media this season.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn midfielder Sam Mitchell is ready for a fresh start, writes Jon Pierik.
Jon Pierik Sam Mitchell, another of Hawthorn's superstars off contract this season, has opened discussions with the club and hopes to play for at least another three years.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn will look to continue contract negotiations with Lance Franklin despite the superstar forward putting talks on hold until the end of the season.
Jon Pierik Veteran Hawk Michael Osborne is adamant he still has plenty to offer and hopes to be fully fit by the start of the season.
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 Silky half-back will remain a Hawk in 2013 in bid to help club to premiership.
Jon Pierik Captain would then be primed later in the year for another premiership tilt.