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 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 Veteran Hawk Michael Osborne is adamant he still has plenty to offer and hopes to be fully fit by the start of the season.
Jon Pierik The Hawks also had major hopes for hurling and Gaelic football star Ciará´n Kilkenny.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn declares key midfielders Jordan Lewis and Clinton Young fit for Saturday's preliminary final against Adelaide at the MCG.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn has eight players who have kicked more than 20 goals this season.
Jon Pierik AS rain fell during today's traditional parade, Swans' rugby convert Mike Pyke could only say he was hopeful of facing Hawthorn, with the possibility Melbourne's fickle weather could dictate his...
Jon Pierik Need to add a midfielder who can run and carry the ball and deliver it cleanly inside attacking 50 encouraged Collingwood to secure Clinton Young.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn defender Brendan Whitecross will miss the rest of the finals after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
Jon Pierik Hawthorn midfielder says week off and depth of talent will have them well positioned come preliminary final.
Jon Pierik and Caroline Wilson AFL will break with protocol and schedule Hawthorn in second preliminary final.
Ashley Porter and Jon Pierik Buoyed by their semi-final win, the Crows are focussing on taming Lance Franklin, reinvigorating forward Kurt Tippett and reinventing their backline.