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.

Hawks get the jump on cheer squad and Swans

Jon Pierik Fast footy: Secret men's business: There much debate about Hawthorn's line-up through the week, with the club's coaches, naturally, keeping their cards close to their chest.

AFL grand final 2014: Perfect preparation means nothing, insists Sydney Swans coach John Longmire

John Longmire at the AFL grand final parade press conference.

Jon Pierik The Swans may have enjoyed what could be described as the perfect run in to the grand final, but coach John Longmire has cautioned that means nothing come the first bounce on Saturday.


Swans on notice: 'Hawks a different team'

Shaun Burgoyne says the Hawks can fly high once again.

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.


Eddie McGuire: Swans given a fair go

'The sooner we get all these things out of the way the better.'

Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane Collingwood president Eddie McGuire says the cost-of-living allowance remains 'ridiculous'.


Buddy fantastic for Sydney Swans, says co-captain Jarrad McVeigh

Lance Buddy Franklin and Adam Goodes.

Alex Nicholson, Jon Pierik Lance Franklin has made a 'fantastic' impression on his new Sydney teammates.


Brayshaw on attack over Swans

James Brayshaw.

Jon Pierik North Melbourne chairman turns the heat on departing Sydney counterpart Richard Colless.

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Swans firm for Tippett: rivals

Kurt Tippett

Jon Pierik and Jake Niall Swans appear to be the front-runners for the Adelaide forward's services.

Swans keep a place for Bolton

Jude Bolton

Jon Pierik Swans have told Jude Bolton there is a spot on the list next year for him - if he wants it.

Swans have facts to back allowance

Sydney buildings

Jon Pierik Official statistics show median house prices in Sydney more than 17 per cent higher than Melbourne.

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Swans smooth the waters on Tippett

Blooded: New Swan Kurt Tippett at his first training session with his new club.

Jon Pierik and Andrew Wu Richard Colless in bid to clear the air over club's contentious cost-of-living allowance.


Schoolgirl apologises to 'heartbroken' Swans star

Adam Goodes.

Jon Pierik and Deborah Gough The 13-year-old girl who racially abused Sydney Swans star Adam Goodes has apologised for her actions.


Carrazzo available for Swans but Murphy return uncertain

Brave face: Andrew Carrazzo believes the Blues will have to be at their best to beat the Tigers.

Jon Pierik Carlton midfielder will be available for selection for clash against Sydney.


Future of Swans' key big men still uncertain

Shane Mumford

Jon Pierik The Swans will head into the finals with two of their key big men still off contract. Ruckman Shane Mumford and forward Jesse White have yet to broker new deals, although discussions have begun.

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Swans' tall order to re-sign tall timber

Shane Mumford

Jon Pierik Sydney will head into the finals with two of its key big men still out of contract.


Goodes decision hangs over Swans

Sydney's chances of defending its title may hang on Adam Goodes.

David Sygall, Sydney, and Jon Pierik Sydney Swans' coaching and medical staff face a potentially season-defining decision.

Swans to get the drop on Hawks


Jon Pierik and Caroline Wilson AFL will break with protocol and schedule Hawthorn in second preliminary final.

Swans can build: Roos

Paul Roos and Lewis Jetta.

Jon Pierik Paul Roos says Sydney is better placed to capitalise on its latest premiership than it was in 2005.

Swans, Saints set for NZ

Jon Pierik Sydney at top of Wellington City Council's wish-list to play St Kilda.

Live AFL blog: Hawthorn v Sydney Swans

AFL premiership cup

Jon Pierik Buddy Franklin was the big difference between the sides last time they played - but Hawthorn won the three times he was missing this season, in rounds 11, 14 and 24.

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Live AFL blog: St Kilda v Sydney Swans

Jon Pierik Sydney defeated St Kilda three weeks ago despite suffering chronic inaccuracy, dominating the sick Saints, but failing to finish them off until the final minutes.

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