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.

New-look Dogs, by design and necessity

Michael Gleeson They lost their captain, they lost a Brownlow medallist and now they have lost their best and fairest player.

Bulldog Nathan Hrovat hospitalised with cracked rib, breathing trouble

Nathan Hrovat.

Michael Gleeson and Daniel Cherny Young midfielder Nathan Hrovat spent Saturday night in hospital with breathing difficulties after breaking a rib in the Dogs' opening NAB Challenge game.

Collingwood 'on the right path'

Tyson Goldsack (left) of the Magpies and Steele Sidebottom celebrate a goal.

Michael Gleeson It was only a pre-season game but a solid win in the style they wanted to play would give Collingwood’s young players confidence and validation they were on the right path, Nathan Buckley said.

Magpies make most of their opportunities

Brodie Grundy kicks towards goal as Hawks Billy Hartung and Alex Woodward look on.

Michael Gleeson The rebirthing Collingwood rolled over the top of the rejuvenating Hawthorn by 44 points to win the first game of the year.

Blues hit by injuries to Andrew Walker and Marc Murphy

Testing times for Carlton, as Andrew Walker, left, and Marc Murphy are downed by injury.

Michael Gleeson Carlton have suffered more injury setbacks with utility Andrew Walker having more knee surgery and captain Marc Murphy straining a calf muscle.

AFLPA call for cut in free agency eligibility period, players say

Jake Carlisle is in his sixth year at the Bombers, and potentially a free agent at season's end under the AFLPA model.

Michael Gleeson The number of years needed to qualify for free agency should be cut not the number of teams able to take a free agent according to the AFL players union.

Hawks will play kids in first NAB Challenge game

AFL Sherrin THUMBNAIL

Michael Gleeson Only a handful of Hawthorn's premiership players will play in the opening NAB Challenge game on Thursday as the Hawks manage their protracted build up to round one.

Gold Coast Suns will question players over Karmichael Hunt

Karmichael Hunt.

Jon Pierik and Michael Gleeson The Queensland Rugby Union has made it clear code-hopper Karmichael Hunt was still a contracted AFL player with the Gold Coast Suns when he was under investigation for allegedly supplying cocaine.

NAB Challenge week one preview

James Frawley.

Michael Gleeson It's back! Michael Gleeson previews the first week of pre-season footy for 2015.

Push to block top six from signing free agents

AFL draft

Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall The top six teams each year should be precluded from signing a free agent unless they were to lose a free agent, according to veteran football manager Geoff Walsh.

Collingwood's Matthew Scharenberg closing on return, ahead of schedule

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley with then new draftee Matthew Scharenberg in 2013.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood's prized but as-yet unseen young talent Matthew Scharenberg is virtually back in full training, just months after having his knee reconstructed.

Hawk Grant Birchall hurts knee

Birchall suffered a medial injury in a tackling drill last week and is unlikely to play in the NAB Cup.

Michael Gleeson Star Hawthorn premiership defender Grant Birchall has suffered a knee injury that will disrupt his pre-season but should not prevent him lining up in round one against Geelong.

Hawthorn and Sydney happy to have late-starting grand final

Luke Hodge with the cup

Michael Gleeson Last year's grand finalists are both open to the push for a late starting grand final and to extend the grand final half-time break to allow for better entertainment as clubs digest the merits of the...

Saints' Arryn Siposs out until mid-year with shoulder injury

Michael Gleeson Injury troubled Saints forward Arryn Siposs will miss half the season after also missing most of last season with shoulder injuries.

Talented kids get a kick along in Mildura

Mildura Primary student Kenneth Hudson is thrilled with the donated boots.

Michael Gleeson When the Mildura Primary School boys team went down to the Victorian schools football championships teachers had to scrabble around to make sure all boys had boots.

Michael Long's son Jake joins Essendon

Jake Long (C) is kissed by his mother Leslie  as his father Michael looks on.

Michael Gleeson Michael Long's son Jake has been signed as a father-son rookie to Essendon.

Young cricket captain Patrick McKenna turns GWS footballer

‘I was devastated, I didn’t know what to think.’ - Patrick McKenna on Phil Hughes' death.

Michael Gleeson Australia's under-19 cricket captain Patrick McKenna discusses why he gave the game away for football and a life now as a Giant

St Kilda change everything, on and off the field

St Kilda's number one draft pick, Paddy McCartin, will be part of a new generation of Saints.

Michael Gleeson Little more than 12 months ago, St Kilda had a different president, CEO, coach, chief operating officer and football director.

Carlton stuns draft taking 21-year-old from WAFL with first pick

Surprise pick: Blaine Boekhorst

Michael Gleeson Carlton pulled the surprise of the national draft, ignoring the best under-age talent with their first pick and taking a mature-aged player from the WAFL on Thursday night.

AFL Draft 2014: St Kilda takes Paddy McCartin at number one

St Kilda coach Alan Richardson presents a jumper to No.1 draft pick Patrick McCartin.

Michael Gleeson The key forward prevailed over the midfielder, St Kilda opting to take the heir apparent to Nick Riewoldt over the dynamic midfielder Christian Petracca with the first pick in the national draft.