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.

Jaeger master: Jaeger O'Meara was impressive again.

O'Meara confident he can play all year

Two pre-season games after two years in the wilderness has delivered Jaeger O'Meara confidence that he will not only be right to play round one but will be able to play consistently all year.

Senior figure: Carlton's Ed Curnow is moving into the next stage of his career.

Big Brother Blue

Ed Curnow is entering the next bracket of his career, the one where he has moved from recycled rookie to fringe battler to, now, a team leader.

Head coach Simon Goodwin is aiming to establish a "consistent brand" at the Demons.

Fearlessly into the future at Demons

The Melbourne succession plan was about grooming a new coach and maintaining stability. It was not about the next coach replicating everything of his predecessor.

Needing game time: Demons coach Simon Goodwin has picked a strong line-up for the JLT series opener.

Old rule gone, new one helps Gawn

With a new Hawthorn star in the middle, a new coach in the box and different looking players on the ground, Melbourne have got as strong a side as possible for the first JLT series match.