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.

Hawks won't be flippant against Cats, says coach Alastair Clarkson

Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says his Hawks cannot afford to adopt a "flippant" attitude to Saturday night's clash against Geelong, admitting his team is still trying to work out the best way to...

AFL to fine-tune tribunal system so low-grade offences don't lead to suspensions

A clearly relieved Steve Johnson speaks to the media after his tribunal hearing on Tuesday.

Caroline Wilson and Jon Pierik Low-grade reportable incidents such as Steve Johnson's kneeing of Scott Thompson would result in a fine and not a suspension under a proposed new AFL judicial system to be put forward to the 18 club...

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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...

AFL

Dockers ready for secret midfield business

Winning formula: Aaron Sandilands boasts a league-high 75.8 winning percentage in contests this season.

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

Hawks seek payback against Cats

Coach Alastair Clarkson indicated the Hawks are still smarting from the long losing streak.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says the messages of last year's winning preliminary final which killed the so-called Kennett Curse will resonate again on Monday as the Hawks continue to seek...

AFL

Clarkson to treat Franklin as 'just another opponent'

Flying high: Hawthorn players celebrate after belting St Kilda by 145 points.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson will treat Lance Franklin as "just another opponent" as the Hawks begin plotting the defeat of the Sydney Swans - and their former superstar Franklin - at ANZ Stadium...

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No grudge against Sydney Swan 'Buddy' Franklin, says Hawthorn's Jarryd Roughead

Jarryd Roughead nsists Hawthorn does not hold any grudge against its departed dual premiership superstar.

Jon Pierik Jarryd Roughead says there is likely to be friendly banter with Lance Franklin this week but insists Hawthorn does not hold any grudge against its departed dual premiership superstar.

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

Battered Hawks to 'drip feed' the return of their stars

On target: Brad Sewell (centre) after kicking a goal.

Jon Pierik Hardnut midfielder Brad Sewell said the Hawks look forward to "drip feeding" several of their best players back into the side, as they prepare for a month with coach Alastair Clarkson on the...

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.

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

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.