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.

Hawthorn confident defender Brian Lake will be fit for finals

An injured Brian Lake leaves the MCG on Friday night.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn maintains key defender Brian Lake has only corked his right hip and will be available to play in the Hawks' qualifying final next weekend.

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

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

Lance Franklin - just another

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

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.

Healthy Alastair Clarkson back as coach of Hawthorn

Back to work: Alastair Clarkson.

Jon Pierik Alastair Clarkson will return as Hawthorn coach against North Melbourne on Friday night, having been absent for five weeks because of illness.

AFL

Are the Hawks better without Cyril Rioli?

Cyril Rioli stretches for the ball and injures his hamstring against Gold Coast on Saturday.

Jon Pierik Cyril Rioli may be regarded as one of the AFL's premier match-winners, but Hawthorn can take comfort against North Melbourne on Friday night knowing its record without the speedy forward is...

Hawthorn to welcome back three premiership stars

Luke Hodge is over his hamstring injury.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn's injury list is set for a crucial cull, with two, and possibly three, premiership stars to return for Saturday night's clash against a surging Port Adelaide.

AFL

Hawks hope to silence the 'Portress'

Home-ground advantage: Port’s crowd has been another weapon for the AFL’s top team this season.

Jon Pierik While Hawthorn's focus will be on subduing Port Adelaide's players in Saturday night's top-of-the-table blockbuster at the Adelaide Oval, the Hawks know by doing that will also silence another Power...

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

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

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

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.

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.