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

Dockers ready for secret midfield business

Jon Pierik Fremantle captain Matthew Pavlich is confident Dockers ruckman Aaron Sandilands and his midfielders will be able to negate any surprise Hawthorn tactic in Friday night's grand-final replay, with the...

AFL

Kennett had a radical plan when Hawks struggled

Alastair Clarkson.

Jon Pierik Former Hawthorn president Jeff Kennett proposed dropping coach Alastair Clarkson to the VFL.

AFL

Max Bailey's courage an inspiration for Hawthorn in 2013

Hawthorn's Max Bailey.

Jon Pierik New book reveals just how close Bailey was to having his premiership dream erased.

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

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

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

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

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

Lyon expecting a rugged encounter, but no thuggery

Dockers coach Ross Lyon

Jon Pierik Fremantle coach Ross Lyon says thuggery is no longer a part of AFL grand finals.

AFL

Winning farewell: Buddy Franklin on move?

Lance Franklin

Samantha Lane and Jon Pierik There was a distinct air of resignation in the victorious Hawthorn dressingroom on Saturday night.

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.

Lake on call to bolster Hawks

Knee blow: Hawk Ryan Schoenmakers.

Jon Pierik Injury to Ryan Schoenmakers may mean he needs a knee reconstruction.

AFL

Hawthorn still dancing

Big shoes to fill: Rucking in place of the injured Aaron Sandilands, Docker Jonathon Griffin takes on the Hawks’ David Hale at Aurora Stadium.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn, according to many, had the toughest opening seven rounds.

Hawks hang tough but Rioli injured

Hawthorn's Cyril Rioli winces after injuring his hamstring.

Jon Pierik Brilliant small forward hurt in bruising three-point win against North Melbourne.

Two down but Hawks defence will hold

Josh Gibson

Jon Pierik Josh Gibson says Hawthorn still has the right balance to be stingy in defence.

AFL

Malthouse fumes over umpire call on Garlett 'goal'

Mick Malthouse.

Jon Pierik Carlton coach lashes out at the video review system for denying Jeff Garlett a goal.

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AFL

Hawthorn's off-field woes mounting

Hawthorn v Collingwood

Jon Pierik Hawthorn should be revelling in on-field form, but it was on the back foot yesterday.

Hawks flock to kill Buddy rumour mill

Lance 'Buddy' Franklin.

Jon Pierik As innuendo grows, club official moves to defend the champion forward.

Buckley backs captain Maxwell

Magpies coach Nathan Buckley heads to the rooms at half-time.

Jon Pierik Collingwood coach defends skipper over alleged rough conduct on Paul Puopolo.