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.

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.

Geelong, Port Adelaide fined $5000 for tardy paperwork

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Jon Pierik Geelong and Port Adelaide have been fined $5000 each for breaching list lodgement rules.

AFL

Port Adelaide turning into a power with 50,000 members

Port Adelaide fans at the round three game against North Melbourne.

Jon Pierik As it prepares to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its breakthrough premiership, Port Adelaide has emerged as a good example of a club prepared to diligently work to close the divide between the...

AFL

Jack Steven hopes St Kilda can replicate Port Adelaide's meteoric rise

Jon Pierik Saints endured a tumultuous campaign last year, tasting victory only five times.

AFL

Travis Boak says Port Adelaide must go to a new level

No looking back: Travis Boak says Port must go to another level.

Jon Pierik It would be wrong to suggest Port Adelaide caught its rivals napping last season.

AFL

Richmond forward Jake King would be sacked at Port Adelaide, says president Koch

Port Adelaide v Kangaroos at AAMi Stadium. Port Adelaide no 1 ticket holder David Koch of Channel 7's Sunrise program sings the club song after their defeat of the Kangaroos in Adelaide. Picture by Bryan Charlton.

Jon Pierik Port Adelaide president David Koch says Port's leadership group would demand King cease his friendship with Toby Mitchell or be sacked.

Salopek quits Port Adelaide

Jon Pierik As Steven Salopek agonised in recent weeks over whether to leave Port Adelaide to test the free-agency market, he was able to put his footballing struggles into perspective.

AFL

Carlton 'mini-final' against Port Adelaide to prove players' credentials

Jon Pierik While Carlton's primary aim against Port Adelaide on Saturday will be to win, and take Essendon's spot in the finals, there is also more at stake for the Blues.

Carlton on the move to the MCG for more home games under new deal

Mick Malthouse

Jon Pierik Carlton's wish has been granted, with the Blues to play six home matches at the MCG from next season as part of a new five-year deal.

Josh Gibson says Hawks can shut down potent Power attack

Josh Gibson speaks to the media at Waverley Park on Tuesday.

Jon Pierik Port Adelaide's goal-kicking capabilities have been reinforced in two stunning September wins, but Hawthorn defender Josh Gibson is confident his team has the versatility to quell a Power uprising.

Blood profiling shows benefits of home training for Magpies

Collingwood fitness chief Bill Davoren.

Jon Pierik Collingwood fitness chief Bill Davoren has revealed blood profiling of his players during the heat of a Melbourne summer found training at home provided similar results to the more expensive option...

Can the Bombers put the score on the board?

Forward focus: Essendon needs Joe Daniher to fire.

Jon Pierik Finals questions about the North Melbourne-Essendon clash.

Kangaroos know they have plenty of hop

Nick Dal Santo of the Kangaroos is tackled by Jimmy Bartel of the Cats.

Jon Pierik Having banished Essendon with a stunning second-half resurgence, North Melbourne heads into Friday night's qualifying final against Geelong knowing it has the ability to also out-run the Cats.

Trent Cotchin wants Tigers' finals pain to 'burn in the gut'

Tigers skipper Trent Cotchin.

Jon Pierik As Richmond turns its attention to list management, captain Trent Cotchin wants the pain of another brief finals series to ensure the Tigers have a "burning desire" for redemption next season.

Contested ball the key to stopping Power, says Hardwick

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick.

Jon Pierik Damien Hardwick has identified winning the contested-possession count as the key to defeating Port Adelaide.

Training program may have been 'over the top', says Nathan Buckley

Illustration: Matt Golding

Jon Pierik As coach Nathan Buckley revealed the Magpies' long injury list may have been as a result of training players "to the edge and potentially over the top", the Collingwood faithful will have a chance to...

Training loads to increase, vows Collingwood fitness boss

More running ahead: Collingwood fitness boss Bill Davoren has vowed to increase the club's training load.

Jon Pierik Collingwood fitness chief Bill Davoren vows to increase players' training loads for a second straight season and says that despite perceptions, injury numbers fell this season.

Carlton star Dale Thomas escapes serious injury

Dale Thomas is in the frame to play Port Adelaide on Friday night.

Jon Pierik Carlton star Dale Thomas has escaped serious injury to his reconstructed right ankle, and remains in the frame to play against Port Adelaide on Friday night.

Jeff Garlett in mix for recall, says Mick Malthouse

Jeff Garlett.

Jon Pierik Mick Malthouse says Jeff Garlett "is certainly in the mix" for a recall against Port Adelaide on Friday night, as the small forward and Mitch Robinson fight to regain the respect of their teammates.

Blues have improved in three areas, says Malthouse

Mick Malthouse with Dale Thomas.

Jon Pierik Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has identified three areas in which the Blues have improved as they begin plotting a strong pre-season in a bid to have a more successful 2015.