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

Matthew Pavlich says it's time for Dockers to slay Hawks

Fremantle skipper Matthew Pavlich.

Jon Pierik While Fremantle understands Friday night's grand final rematch cannot atone for last September's disappointment, the Dockers know there is a chance for redemption of another kind.

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AFL

Dockers' runner escapes punishment for 'bad day'

Fremantle Dockers

Jon Pierik Fremantle runner Shaun Tinsley has escaped censure, with the AFL attributing his disruptive positioning in Saturday night's clash against Geelong to simply having a 'bad day'.

AFL

Off-contract Nat Fyfe open to leaving Dockers

Nat Fyfe

Jon Pierik Dubbed the man most likely to be the AFL’s best midfielder of the next decade, Fremantle star Nat Fyfe is enjoying playing ‘‘under the pump’’ this season as he pursues a...

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AFL

Didak, Tarrant in frame to take on Dockers

Making a splash: Travis Cloke ( left) and Kirk Ugle at St Kilda beach.

Jon Pierik Alan Didak and Chris Tarrant have chance to push for a spot against Fremantle.

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Dockers still hot for Cloke

Travis Cloke at a Collingwood training session yesterday.

Jon Pierik Fremantle maintains it is still interested in securing Magpie Travis Cloke.

Football

Dockers still in race for star forward

Wanted: Travis Cloke.

Jon Pierik Fremantle does not feel it is at a disadvantage in trying to lure Magpie Travis Cloke.

No room for slacking as Hawks train for phantom game ahead of real thing against Port Adelaide

Matt Suckling of the Hawks warms up

Jon Pierik Hawthorn forward Jack Gunston✓ hopes an intense fortnight of training will help avoid another preliminary-final heart burner, when the Hawks confront a buoyant Port Adelaide on Saturday.

Consider Etihad Stadium for a Kangaroos final, says coach Brad Scott

Drew Petrie and Brad Scott after the round 22 win over the Crows on Saturday.

Jon Pierik While North Melbourne understands its elimination final will be held at the MCG, coach Brad Scott has argued there would be merit in staging it at the Kangaroos' home ground - Etihad Stadium.

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

Backward move good for Gibson

Josh Gibson

Jon Pierik The Hawk is not kicking goals, but he has no regrets, writes Jon Pierik.

AFL

AFL a leap of faith for promising US hoops

Jon Pierik Growing up near Chicago, Jason Holmes' older brother would often rib his sibling over why he didn't share as much passion for American football.

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

Hawks go on the offensive over defences

Tackling issues: Hawk hard nuts Brad Sewell and Jordan Lewis.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn tiring of the talk about Fremantle's stifling pressure tactics.

AFL

First stop premiership, then Buddy can start thinking of the millions

Lance Franklin

Jon Pierik While his focus is on the grand final, Lance Franklin knows there is another moment of truth fast approaching.

AFL

Buddy's moments of truth

Buddy Franklin

Jon Pierik While his focus is on the grand final, Lance Franklin knows there is another moment of truth fast approaching.

AFL

Fatigue worry under cap

Geelong football chief Neil Balme

Jon Pierik Geelong football chief says coaches will have to ensure players not ''cooked'' by last quarter.

AFL

Blues' Ed Curnow emerges as AFL's No. 2 tagger

Ryan Crowley confronts Hawthorn's Sam Mitchell during the 2013 grand final.

Jon Pierik The hard-working Curnow won 15 of his 18 match-ups last season.

AFL

Lethal's plan to combat congestion

All ears: When Leigh Matthews talks, coaches listen. Cats coach Chris Scott with Matthews last year.

Jon Pierik Leigh Matthews has an idea for dealing with the issue of congestion in football.

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AFL coaches: who is under most pressure?

Gold Coast Suns coach Guy Mckenna.

Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane Which coach will feel the heat most from club and supporters this season?

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