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 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.
Jon Pierik While they have been the fiercest of rivals for seven seasons, with another chapter to be played out at the MCG on Saturday night, there is also great respect between Geelong and Hawthorn.
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...
Jon Pierik Jimmy Bartel may be preparing for another significant milestone and a change of position and leadership, but the Geelong champion has declared the Cats are not ready to "fall off the perch".
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...
Jon Pierik Geelong coach Chris Scott has turned the spotlight on Steve Johnson to deliver a "hard but fair" performance when he returns from suspension in Thursday night's blockbuster against the Swans.
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.
Jon Pierik How hard is it to find forwards of the highest quality? According to the AFL's chief statisticians, only seven clubs have them.
Jon Pierik As the mind games begin, Geelong champion Jimmy Bartel says Hawthorn will head into Friday night's preliminary final as favourite and has urged his teammates to be brave with their ball use.
Jon Pierik Gary Ablett continues to show why he remains one of the game's greatest talents.
Jon Pierik Nathan Buckley believes franchising is a good way to move away from constraints.
Jon Pierik Jimmy Bartel looked very much the part modelling a range of suits last week.
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.
Compiled by Rohan Connolly and Jon Pierik Rohan Connolly and Jon Pierik take a look at the men guiding the 18 teams in the AFL fray.
Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper Peter Jess says it is nonsense to suggest no link between concussion and post-career problems.
Jon Pierik Collingwood president says it is time to stop the ''Band-Aid'' approach.
Jon Pierik Geelong reminds football world it remains a legitimate premiership threat.
Jon Pierik Matthew Scarlett remains one of the premier full-backs in the competition but his career could soon be over.
Jon Pierik St Kilda captain tears tendon behind his right knee and is in doubt for game against Geelong.
Jon Pierik Wayne Carey backs Geelong coach Chris Scott over criticism of umpiring interpretations.