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Michael Gleeson

Michael Gleeson is a senior AFL football writer and Fairfax Media's athletics writer. He also covers tennis, cricket and other sports. He won the AFL Players Association Grant Hattam Trophy for excellence in journalism for the second time in 2014 and was a finalist in the 2014 Quill Awards for best sports feature writer. He was also a finalist in the 2014 Australian Sports Commission awards for his work on ‘Boots for Kids’. He is a winner of the AFL Media Association award for best news reporter and a two-time winner of Cricket Victoria’s cricket writer of the year award. Michael has covered multiple Olympics, Commonwealth Games and world championships and 15 seasons of AFL, He has also written seven books - five sports books and two true crime books.

Tom Mitchell

New-era Hawks take time

Post-Mitchell/Lewis Hawthorn will take time to gel. The question is how much time and whether a season can slip away before the connections are made.

North Melbourne forward Jarrad Waite.

Long Waite continues on Jarrad

Injury prone North Melbourne forward Jarrad Waite injured his shoulder in the loss to West Coast on Sunday and will undergo surgery.

Dale Morris after his injury on Friday night.

Morris sidelined for two months

The Western Bulldogs are expected to be without premiership defender Dale Morris for around two months after the veteran suffered a spiral fracture in his leg late in the dying seconds of Friday night's win over Collingwood.

Nathan Buckley

Loss to Dogs an opportunity missed: Buckley

Collingwood's narrow loss to the reigning premier was an opportunity missed but coach Nathan Buckley said his side illustrated a brand of football that would win a lot of games this year.

Marcus Bontempelli celebrates kicking a goal against the Magpies.

Dogs to blame for Magpie misfortune

On Monday Collingwood was given an implausible story of a dog and a door knob. On Friday they were delivered a far more plausible/pallatable Dogs tale, or tail as the case may be.