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 Grant Birchall reveals that an end-of-season meeting has ensured Hawthorn will not make the same mistakes as in 2009.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn is confident it will eventually benefit from free agency.
Jon Pierik Brad Sewell says the Hawks will be better equipped in 2014 to challenge for back-to-back flags.
Jon Pierik Luke Hodge vows Hawks will be ready to combat Geelong in preliminary final.
Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane Hawthorn knows it will need to curb Geelong's run from half-back if it is to prevail.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn tiring of the talk about Fremantle's stifling pressure tactics.
Jon Pierik Just what coach will say in final address to players will be unveiled only just before game.
Jon Pierik Dismissing suggestions of any lingering psychological scarring, Hawthorn small forward Luke Breust says Geelong is the team the Hawks ''want to beat'' if they are to secure this year's premiership.
Jon Pierik Superstar forward could walk out on the club two days after playing in a grand final.
Jon Pierik Ability to negotiate opening seven rounds against fellow finalists from last year ensures Hawks are equal flag favourites with Geelong.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn's forward line passes another major examination in cruising past Sydney.
Jon Pierik Debate over just where modern-day Geelong side rates in history begins again.
Jon Pierik Injury to Ryan Schoenmakers may mean he needs a knee reconstruction.
Jon Pierik Brian Lake was recruited in a bid to improve a defence that struggled to contain power forwards.
Jon Pierik Brilliant small forward hurt in bruising three-point win against North Melbourne.
Jon Pierik Skipper ''raring to go'' ahead of his return against the West Coast Eagles.
Jon Pierik Lance Franklin says Hawthorn is 'shocked' that he has put contract renegotiations on hold and admits the uncertainty over his future is going to be a distraction for the club.
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 The Hawks also had major hopes for hurling and Gaelic football star Ciará´n Kilkenny.
Jon Pierik Veteran Hawk Michael Osborne is adamant he still has plenty to offer and hopes to be fully fit by the start of the season.