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.

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

AFL draft 2015: Blues pin hopes on Jacob Weitering

Carlton coach Brendon Bolton with the number one draft pick Jacob Weitering.

Michael Gleeson Carlton have picked the bookends they hope will be the foundation of their side for a generation.

Tons of talent, but like Matt Scharenberg, there are no guarantees with top draft picks

Matt Scharenberg: on the sidelines for another season due to a knee injury.

Michael Gleeson AFL clubs assess, interview, check medical records, but they don't have a crystal ball.

Pssst: Mason Cox, the lone star of Collingwood doco The First Years

Tall order: Mason Cox celebrates with Ash Close after scoring in the VFL.

Michael Gleeson The trouble with being a seven-foot American basketballer contracted by an AFL club and being picked to play your first game is not, as you might imagine, worrying about fluffing a kick of the oval...

How Gary Ablett helped James Aish and the Magpies

Focused: James Aish kicks the ball during a Collingwood Magpies AFL pre-season training camp at Falls Creek.

Michael Gleeson James Aish was 17 and a footballer but not yet an AFL player. Part of his education to become that league player saw him given an AIS placement to the Gold Coast in the year ahead of the draft.

Collingwood forward Jamie Elliott learning to be more than a match-winner

On the ball: Jamie Elliott works on his core strength at Falls Creek

Michael Gleeson Exciting Collingwood forward Jamie Elliott was learning to understand that being able to be a match-winner did not mean he had to win every match, Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley said.

Adam Treloar right on Collingwood's list: coach Nathan Buckley

Pies recruit Adam Treloar.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley was glad his recruit Adam Treloar was so bullish about the Magpies' list.

Collingwood's Adam Treloar became a Magpie to win premierships

Rasing the bar: Adam Treloar is eager to impress the Pies.

Michael Gleeson Adam Treloar didn't tell the Giants he was going in for surgery late this year when still contracted to the club because he had already told them he wanted to leave and in his mind he was no longer a...

Guy McKenna joins John Worsfold on Essendon coaching staff

Old mates: Guy McKenna and John Worsfold have been reunited.

Michael Gleeson Essendon Football Club is pleased to announce Guy McKenna has been appointed as Line Coach for the 2016 season.

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Jake Carlisle banned for two matches, volunteers for strike

Footage shows Jake Carlisle purporting to snort white powder in a hotel room.

Michael Gleeson A contrite Jake Carlisle says he wants to "repay" St Kilda after he was banned for two matches by the AFL, and volunteered to accept a first drugs strike as a punishment for his drug indiscretion in...

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Channel Seven offered Jake Carlisle film nine days earlier

Jake Carlisle

Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson Channel Seven was offered video footage purporting to show Jake Carlisle in a room with illicit drugs in Las Vegas nine days before Channel Nine broadcast damning footage that prompted the St Kilda...

Swan Alex Johnson to have fourth knee reconstruction

Sydney's Alex Johnson hasn't played a game since the 2012 premiership victory over Hawthorn.

Michael Gleeson Sydney premiership defender Alex Johnson is about to have his fourth knee reconstruction and has just resigned with the Swans for another year.

Bombers believe they can fly back up the ladder

John Worsford says the club's primary focus is to be successful and respected and that a premiership would hopefully follow from that.

Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall Essendon believe they can challenge for the top four again within three years under new coach John Worsfold.

Essendon confirm Lindsay Tanner will be new chairman

Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall Essendon have confirmed that former federal finance minister Lindsay Tanner is slated to take over as club chairman from Paul Little, as the club completes a complete make-over.

WADA appeal: Players unlikely to face suspension, says Essendon

Essendon's chief executive Xavier Campbell says they expect the CAS hearing to last for a week, with a

Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson Essendon believes that the current and former players facing the WADA appeal are unlikely to be suspended even if found guilty of anti-doping offences.

AFL waves bye bye to coaches' round-23 farce

Roos coach Brad Scott.

Michael Gleeson This is the bye the AFL has scheduled for everyone because some decided to have their own a week earlier anyway.

AFL trade period 2015: Carlton's 11th-hour bid for Giant left hanging

No movement: Adam Tomlinson.

Michael Gleeson and Emma Quayle Carlton made an 11th-hour bid for the Giants' Adam Tomlinson that, if successful, would have freed them up to agree to trade Andrejs Everitt to the Suns on a hectic final day of the trade period.

AFL trades 2015: Carlton's Blue October

Blue October

Michael Gleeson This was Blue October. This was the trade period that might have been dominated by the best player leaving his club. But it wasn't.

AFL trades: talk of Andrejs Everitt trade to Gold Coast

Andrejs Everitt

Michael Gleeson, Emma Quayle, Jake Niall Carlton and Gold Coast are involved in 11th-hour talks over a possible move of Andrejs Everitt to the Suns.