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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Swans on notice: 'Hawks a different team'

Jon Pierik Hawthorn maestro Shaun Burgoyne has warned the Swans that the Hawks will have a rejigged midfield and will be a ''different'' team when they seek recompense in Saturday night's blockbuster at the MCG.

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Are the Hawks better without Cyril Rioli?

Cyril Rioli stretches for the ball and injures his hamstring against Gold Coast on Saturday.

Jon Pierik Cyril Rioli may be regarded as one of the AFL's premier match-winners, but Hawthorn can take comfort against North Melbourne on Friday night knowing its record without the speedy forward is...

Ryan Schoenmakers to add to Hawks' flexibility

Ryan Schoenmakers is chased by Matt De Boer of the Dockers during the round four match last season. Schoenmnakers has not played a senior game since.

Jon Pierik While the imminent blooding of a fifth debutant this season has Hawthorn hopeful of remaining an on-field power for some time, the return of Ryan Schoenmakers is likely to provide an immediate boost...

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Richmond's plan to play like Hawks hasn't worked, admits Jack Riewoldt

'Unfortunately we went one way with our game, and the game went the other way.'

Jon Pierik If Richmond is looking for answers for their early season demise, Jack Riewoldt has offered a major one.

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Hawks hope to silence the 'Portress'

Home-ground advantage: Port’s crowd has been another weapon for the AFL’s top team this season.

Jon Pierik While Hawthorn's focus will be on subduing Port Adelaide's players in Saturday night's top-of-the-table blockbuster at the Adelaide Oval, the Hawks know by doing that will also silence another Power...

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Alastair Clarkson responding well to treatment, says Hawks president Andrew Newbold

Alastair Clarkson

Jon Pierik Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold says Alastair Clarkson has "responded well" to initial treatment after being diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome but the Hawks do not have a date in mind for his...

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Battered Hawks to 'drip feed' the return of their stars

On target: Brad Sewell (centre) after kicking a goal.

Jon Pierik Hardnut midfielder Brad Sewell said the Hawks look forward to "drip feeding" several of their best players back into the side, as they prepare for a month with coach Alastair Clarkson on the...

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Undermanned Hawks spoil Blues' party

Levi Casboult and Matt Spangher in an off-the-ball tussle.

Jon Pierik It’s a weekend of celebration for Carlton, with the Blues hosting their 150th anniversary dinner on Saturday night.

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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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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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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...

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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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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.

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 stay upbeat despite star's move

Lance Franklin

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

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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.

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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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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.

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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.