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.

Elite ruck: Nic Naitanui of the Eagles and Shaun Hampson of the Tigers at Domain Stadium in April.

Get Smart it's Chaos v Control

Hawthorn calls them the "chaos player", other clubs have different names for them: "maverick", which is a bit Top Gun, "rogue".

Patrick Dangerfield: One of a group of players meeting with key AFL officials to lobby for a set percentage of game revenue.

Players meet AFL chiefs on pay

Key AFL players are meeting with commission chairman Mike Fitzpatrick on Friday afternoon to personally push for a set percentage of game revenue.

Shaun Burgoyne

Recovery Session: Hawks remain side to beat

Football works on hyperbole. If it didn't, radio commentators would be out of work, TVs would turn to black and newspapers ... well let's not go into that, we have issues enough.

Richmond v Essendon

Richmond's best perform when it matters

This was like two seasons wrapped up emblematically in one frustrating game. Richmond began the year without Brett Deledio and lost games, they finished this game with the talismanic player injured again.