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.

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Hawks seek payback against Cats

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...

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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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Dayle Garlett set to return to Hawks

Not-so-happy Hawk: Dayle Garlett.

Jon Pierik Reluctant young star takes time off in Perth while two named to make debuts against Lions.

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Who replaces Buddy? Hawks search for the answer

Lance Franklin.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson knows it could take at least a month into the season proper before the Hawks have a true handle on who replaces Lance Franklin in the forward line.

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Kennett had a radical plan when Hawks struggled

Alastair Clarkson.

Jon Pierik Former Hawthorn president Jeff Kennett proposed dropping coach Alastair Clarkson to the VFL.

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Coach Alastair Clarkson prepared to tinker with his premiership-winning Hawks

Alastair Clarkson.

Jon Pierik Coach says he has learnt from mistakes of 2009 as Hawks plot back-to-back flags.

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Grant Birchall says Hawks have learnt from first grand final to stay at top

Grant Birchall

Jon Pierik Grant Birchall reveals that an end-of-season meeting has ensured Hawthorn will not make the same mistakes as in 2009.

Sewell sure Hawks have learnt lesson

Jon Pierik Brad Sewell says the Hawks will be better equipped in 2014 to challenge for back-to-back flags.

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Hawks stay upbeat despite star's move

Lance Franklin

Jon Pierik Hawthorn is confident it will eventually benefit from free agency.

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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.

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Famous last words: Clarkson has Hawks guessing

Alastair Clarkson.

Jon Pierik Just what coach will say in final address to players will be unveiled only just before game.

Hawks know road to decider will feel like a final

Luke Breust

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.

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Hawks ready for 'flick of switch', says skipper

Luke Hodge.

Jon Pierik Luke Hodge vows Hawks will be ready to combat Geelong in preliminary final.

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Hawks do their sums on Franklin

Buddy Franklin.

Jon Pierik Superstar forward could walk out on the club two days after playing in a grand final.

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Rioli a vital cog for Hawks to stop Cats' run

Rising up: Cyril Rioli at Hawthorn training on Tuesday.

Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane Hawthorn knows it will need to curb Geelong's run from half-back if it is to prevail.

Hawks unveil latest defensive weapon

Time's right: Brian Lake will make his debut for Hawthorn on Sunday.

Jon Pierik Brian Lake was recruited in a bid to improve a defence that struggled to contain power forwards.

Hawks hang tough but Rioli injured

Hawthorn's Cyril Rioli winces after injuring his hamstring.

Jon Pierik Brilliant small forward hurt in bruising three-point win against North Melbourne.

Two down but Hawks defence will hold

Josh Gibson

Jon Pierik Josh Gibson says Hawthorn still has the right balance to be stingy in defence.

Hawks survive fixture from hell

Hawthorn's Brian Lake leads the team in after it defeated Sydney at the MCG.

Jon Pierik Ability to negotiate opening seven rounds against fellow finalists from last year ensures Hawks are equal flag favourites with Geelong.

Forward thinking is paying off for Hawks

Brad Sewell is wrapped up by Sydney's Ryan O'Keefe at the MCG on Saturday.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn's forward line passes another major examination in cruising past Sydney.