Michael Gleeson

Michael Gleeson

Michael Gleeson is a sports writer with The Age, focusing primarily on AFL football, athletics, cricket and tennis. He has been awarded the Grant Hattam Trophy for outstanding journalism in football, while his cricket writing has been recognised in twice winning the Cricket Victoria cricket writer of the year award.

Darcy Moore a Magpie growing up

Michael Gleeson Peter Moore had not seen Darcy for five or six weeks during the summer so when he returned home from a United States business trip he noticed something different about his son.

Essendon 34 seek urgent hearing of their appeal in Switzerland court

Essendon players are set to take their appeal to Switzerland.

Michael Gleeson A successful appeal for the Essendon 34 could see the banned footballers playing again this season.

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Nick Riewoldt, at 34, ready to skipper St Kilda again

Michael Gleeson He is 34 this year but he is still his club's best player. He is also going to be its captain again this year, with St Kilda announcing Nick Riewoldt will lead the club for an 11th season.

AFL: Nick Riewoldt St Kilda captain again

Michael Gleeson He is 34 this year but he is still his club's best player. He is also going to be its captain again this year with St Kilda announcing Nick Riewoldt will lead the club for an 11th season.

Walls was justified in criticisms, says Daisy

Daisy cutters: Carlton's Dale Thomas copped criticism last season.

Michael Gleeson Dale Thomas admits it was hard to argue with some of the criticism from former Carlton legend Robert Walls.

Essendon drugs saga: AFL clubs denied replacements for suspended players

Sherrin footy

Michael Gleeson The four AFL clubs with banned former Essendon players have been refused the right to replace the players serving drug suspensions this year.

Andrew Newbold set to join AFL Commission

Outgoing Hawks president Andrew Newbold: Poised to join the AFL Commission.

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold is poised to join the AFL Commission as a potential replacement for commission chairman Mike Fitzpatrick.

AFL: Brent Macaffer not in his own top 22 but he's a Collingwood leader

Humble Pie?: After being out injured for 12 months, Brent Macaffer thinks he may have to reinvent himself as a player to fulfil a useful role in the Pies line-up.

Michael Gleeson He is not sure if he is in his club's best 22 players but Brent Macaffer is in Colllingwood's leadership group.

Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold resigns effective immediately

Outgoing Hawks president Andrew Newbold.

Michael Gleeson, Jon Pierik Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold has resigned from his position, effective immediately.

Jarryd Roughead injury: Is this the first of 1000 cuts to kill the Fourthorn?

Michael Gleeson

Michael Gleeson Jarryd Roughead will not play for at least the first half of the season. Is this the first of a thousand cuts to kill the Fourthorn?

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Essendon to pay Carlisle's St Kilda contract this year

One-year ban: St Kilda recruit Jake Carlisle.

Michael Gleeson Essendon, not St Kilda, are likely to have to pay former Don Jake Carlisle's contract at the Saints this year as he serves his year-long drug ban as one of the Essendon 34.

Hawthorn's Jarryd Roughead to miss first half of 2016 season with PCL injury

Sidelined: Jarryd Roughead.

Michael Gleeson Premiership Hawk Jarryd Roughead is set to miss the first half of the 2016 season due to a PCL reconstruction.

Essendon and Port Adelaide want Mark Jamar

In demand: Mark Jamar.

Michael Gleeson Essendon and Port Adelaide are vying to secure former Demons ruckman Mark Jamar as a top-up player for this season.

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Richmond star Dustin Martin apologises after threatening woman with chopstick

Dustin Martin found trouble again.

Michael Gleeson Richmond's Dustin Martin threatened to stab a fellow restaurant patron with a chopstick after she told the drunken Tiger to stop acting offensively at a Chapel St eatery on Saturday night.

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Richmond board to consider new contract for Hardwick early next year

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick is set to receive a new contract early in 2016.

Michael Gleeson The Richmond board will consider a new contract for coach Damien Hardwick early in the new year, with the Tigers coach appearing likely to be re-signed, potentially before round one.

Which AFL coach is under the most pressure?

Progressing well: Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley believes the Magpies have come a long way in the past 12 months.

Michael Gleeson Adam Simpson got his new contract, so too did Brad Scott. So now it is down to four. Four AFL coaches are one month into the last 12 months of their contracts to coach their clubs.

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Sydney champion Lance Franklin breaks silence after mental health issues

Lance Franklin.

Michael Gleeson The finals were approaching and the Swans' best player was struggling.

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AFLPA's Ian Prendergast new head of Rugby League players union

Michael Gleeson Overlooked for the head job at the AFL Players Association Ian Prendergast has switched codes and been appointed as the new chief executive of the Rugby League Players Association.

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AFL draft 2015: Blues would have matched bid in the 20s for Jack Silvagni

Now a Blue: Carlton recruit Jack Silvagni.

Michael Gleeson Carlton had expected that a club could bid for father-son prospect Jack Silvagni in the second round and had been prepared to match any bid.

Collingwood continue to fly off the field with multi-million-dollar profits

Collingwood CEO Gary Pert.

Michael Gleeson Despite missing the finals for the last two years Collingwood's financial health remains undented, recording a total profit for this year of almost $3.5 million.