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 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 Brilliant small forward hurt in bruising three-point win against North Melbourne.
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 If Richmond is looking for evidence it can feature this season in its first finals campaign in more than a decade, this may be it.
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 Hawthorn midfielder Sam Mitchell says he does not take supplements.
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 Nathan Buckley believes franchising is a good way to move away from constraints.
Jon Pierik Silky half-back will remain a Hawk in 2013 in bid to help club to premiership.
Jon Pierik HAWTHORN great Shane Crawford says Alastair Clarkson will deserve to be mentioned in the same class as legendary coach John Kennedy if the Hawks can secure a second premiership under his stewardship.
Jon Pierik Collingwood coach defends skipper over alleged rough conduct on Paul Puopolo.
Jon Pierik As innuendo grows, club official moves to defend the champion forward.
Jon Pierik Hawks move to re-sign tough midfielder who can become restricted free agent at season's end.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn should be revelling in on-field form, but it was on the back foot yesterday.
Jon Pierik Brad Sewell says the pain of last year’s preliminary final loss will live with him forever.
Jon Pierik Stipulation that players have a set day off a week has met resistance by a handful of clubs unwilling to alter their long-held schedules.
Jon Pierik Concerns over rule to be discussed when AFL Coaches Association holds annual briefing.