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.

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.

Beaten Geelong sweats over four stars

Steve Johnson

Jon Pierik The fitness issues of Steve Johnson, Steven Motlop and Allen Christensen and possible match review panel scrutiny of an incident involving Tom Hawkins will dominate Geelong's thinking as it seeks to...

Buddy Franklin loss tougher than Gary Ablett, says Cats boss Colin Carter

Colin Carter:

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.

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

Alastair Clarkson introduces a fan to the players at Waverley Park on Friday.

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

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...

Cats turn up the heat on Steve Johnson to deliver

Mercurial: Steve Johnson.

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.

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

Who will step forward?

Travis Cloke.

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.

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Cats not ready to fall off the perch, says Bartel

Fronting up: Geelong champion Jimmy Bartel has some tips for Warrnambool West Primary pupils.

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".

The face of football

The ace: Geelong forward Tom Hawkins.

Jon Pierik Nathan Buckley believes franchising is a good way to move away from constraints.

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Bartel is not prepared to accept Geelong demise

Jimmy Bartel

Jon Pierik Jimmy Bartel looked very much the part modelling a range of suits last week.

AFL

Tiger six-pack rates a mention

Sherrin dice.

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.

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AFL coaches: the class of 2013

AFL coaches.

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.

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Campaigner urges long-term view on sports brain injury

Joel Selwood

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper Peter Jess says it is nonsense to suggest no link between concussion and post-career problems.

Ump, get behind the line: McGuire

Eddie McGuire.

Jon Pierik Collingwood president says it is time to stop the ''Band-Aid'' approach.

AFL

Underdog tag? The Cats wear it well, says star midfielder

Jimmy Bartel

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.

Scott lauds season's best display

Stretching out: Geelong’s Paul Chapman attempts to mark in front of Dustin Fletcher last night.

Jon Pierik Geelong reminds football world it remains a legitimate premiership threat.

Scarlett's end may be near

Matthew Scarlett

Jon Pierik Matthew Scarlett remains one of the premier full-backs in the competition but his career could soon be over.

Knee injury forces Riewoldt off

Nick Riewoldt

Jon Pierik St Kilda captain tears tendon behind his right knee and is in doubt for game against Geelong.

Cats backed after night in the wild West

Eagles ruckman Nic Naitanui tackles Matthew Scarlett of the Cats.

Jon Pierik Wayne Carey backs Geelong coach Chris Scott over criticism of umpiring interpretations.