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.

Some jumped, others were pushed, but rewards beckon for the Dogs who remain

Michael Gleeson, Recovery Session Bob stayed, and surely there should be a reward for the loyal dog, the player who sticks around. There could, unexpectedly, be time yet for Bob to realise football's greatest dream.

Collingwood star Ben Reid very close to senior return

Ben Reid.

Michael Gleeson Long-term injured Collingwood star Ben Reid will come into serious consideration for a return to the senior team this week against Melbourne.

St Kilda Melbourne Saints are better than last year

David Armitage of the Saints tackles Dom Tyson of the Demons.

Michael Gleeson St Kilda had now "probably" surpassed internal pre-season expectations after their comprehensive defeat of Melbourne, coach Alan Richardson said after the Saints solid win over Melbourne in the wet...

Saints down sloppy Demons

The Saints sing the song.

Michael Gleeson It was not pretty, but it was the cleaner side that won when the Saints downed Melbourne by 37 points in the cold and wet at the MCG.

GWS' Adam Treloar likely to leave for Victorian club

Adam Treloar.

Jake Niall, Michael Gleeson Adam Treloar looks increasingly likely to depart Greater Western Sydney and join a Melbourne club.

Sydney Swan Lewis Jetta considers a move home to Western Australia

Torn: Sydney Swans' Lewis Jetta has hinted at a return home.

Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall Super quick Sydney premiership player Lewis Jetta is understood be open to a move home to Western Australia at the end of the season.

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Recovery Session: Anyone want to play full-forward?

Dejected: An injured Travis Cloke of the Magpies sits on the bench.

Michael Gleeson They have lost four games in a row. They have lost their two leading goalkickers – including the injured Travis Cloke. They have lost a place in the eight.

Stopping Saints' surge shows Tigers have learnt lessons

Match happy: Ivan Maric of the Tigers.

Michael Gleeson When St Kilda started marching home against Richmond on Sunday a few things happened - the main one being that the players rose to the challenge.

Richmond hold out fast finishing Saints in Maddie's Match

Midfield engine: Brett Deledio of the Tigers.

Michael Gleeson St Kilda kicked four goals in three quarters, then six in 19 minutes. They lost but were not defeated. Richmond kicked 13 goals in three quarters but none in the last.

Fremantle in talks for Gold Coast forward Charlie Dixon

Out of contract: Hawk Matthew Suckling.

Michael Gleeson Brisbane is interested in Hawthorn free agent Matthew Suckling while Fremantle and Adelaide have joined the Lions in pursuing out of contract Gold Coast full forward Charlie Dixon.

Dockers' coach Ross Lyon sees both sides

Another taste of defeat: Fremantle players make the long trek back after just their second loss of the season.

Michael Gleeson It's hard to be persuaded by the merit of the New Dockers when it seems the Old Dockers keep turning up and making such a compelling case.

Giant Stephen Coniglio re-signs, now pressure is on Adam Treloar

Signed on: Stephen Coniglio of the Giants.

Michael Gleeson GWS has re-signed onballer Stephen Coniglio creating pressure to keep star midfielder Adam Treloar.

Alastair Clarkson hails Hawks' best win of the year over Dockers

Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge leads the victory song.

Michael Gleeson  Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson admitted it was his side's best win of the season in belting ladder-leader Fremantle but was at pains to downplay the significance of the assumptions that will...

Hawthorn teaches Fremantle a lesson or two

Cyril Rioli clears the ball out of the centre before his opponents can get off the mark.

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn has not looked this good all season. They were authoritative, purposeful and potent, all things that could not be said of their opponent.

Richmond win ugly over Carlton, move into fifth spot

Too close for comfort: Ed Curnow of the Blues is tackled by Shaun Grigg of the Tigers.

Michael Gleeson Richmond and Carlton have played great games of football. This was not one of them.

North Melbourne coach Brad Scott wants competitors

Set to return: North Melbourne's Brad Scott wants improvement from his team.

Michael Gleeson The good the bad and the ugly of North Melbourne. Brad Scott didn't expressly use the words ''mentally soft'' to describe his team, as others have, but that was the inference.

Dane Swan – the kid within the veteran 250-gamer

Playing well when it matters: Dane Swan.

Michael Gleeson On the eve of his 250th game Dane Swan reflects on a life in footy admitting he would have possibly walked away last year if not contract for this year and beyond.

Recovery Session: Cyril Rioli puts statistics to the sword

Bradley Hill and Cyril Rioli of the Hawks rejoice after a goal.

Michael Gleeson Cyril Rioli's less is more game was a reminder that football is about impact.

James Hird can't fix Essendon's problems

Bleak future: James Hird descends from the coaching box after the game.

Michael Gleeson This is a broken team. This is a team that appears incapable of being fixed by the man in charge, the man who was in charge when they were broken.

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Essendon coach James Hird still believes he is the right man to coach Bombers

Beaten and bowed: James Hird leaves the field after the match.

Daniel Cherny and Michael Gleeson Despite conceding that the pressure upon him is mounting, a defiant James Hird still believes he is the right man to coach Essendon.

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