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

Game starting to add up for young Demon defender

Michael Gleeson Tom McDonald dissects the game like no other on his team save perhaps for the coach. Maybe the coach.

AFL

Leg gash keeps St Kilda's David Armitage in hospital

David Armitage leaves the ground after his knee injury on Sunday.

Michael Gleeson St Kilda midfielder David Armitage remains in hospital four days after slashing his knee open in the weekend's loss to Adelaide.

AFL

Leave taggers alone, says former Saint

Nathan Buckley at Collingwood training on Tuesday. He criticised

Michael Gleeson The idea that umpires could effectively crack down on taggers was futile and given all teams had a tagger, critics should stop whingeing, according to one of the more provocative and effective...

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Demon Jack Trengove out for the season

Melbourne's Jack Trengove

Michael Gleeson Melbourne's Jack Trengove is out for the rest of the season after scans on his left foot revealed a crack on his navicular bone.

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Bryce Gibbs: should he stay or go?

Bryce Gibbs

Michael Gleeson Bryce Gibbs was once a coveted urgent re-signing, but Carlton should now pause to consider.

Should Carlton let Bryce Gibbs go?

Bryce Gibbs.

Michael Gleeson Bryce Gibbs recently asked to sit down with Carlton to discuss its plans for the future so he could better decide his own plans. Carlton’s prospectus has since changed. So too has Gibbs’.

AFL

Adelaide smashes St Kilda

Scott Thompson of the Crows handballs during the match against St Kilda.

Michael Gleeson St Kilda suffers the sort of loss that had been forecast to be its lot this year.

AFL

What's wrong with key Magpies?

Travis Cloke and Tom Lonergan

Michael Gleeson Dane Swan has not started a year like this since he had more visible skin than ink. He is not getting the ball like he has for a decade and kicking it worse than he ever has in the first rounds of...

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High hopes as Hale makes best of life at the Hawks

Dual talent: David Hale is that rare commodity, a forward-ruckman.

Michael Gleeson Had conversations gone only slightly differently David Hale would this week be playing his 200th game ... for Melbourne against GWS. In which case things would have gone very very different for Hale.

AFL

Michael Barlow injury adds to Fremantle's woes for grand final rematch

Fremantle midfielder Michael Barlow has suffered a knee injury.

Michael Gleeson The pendulum swung slightly back to the champion in the grand final after a third key Docker was confirmed to miss Friday night's match at the MCG.

AFL

Shifting tides as Dockers hold ranks

Recovery session

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn in round two fielded a team with just 14 premiership players from last year. Fremantle had 20 of its grand finalists.

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Shifting tides as Dockers and Hawks get ready to clash in grand final rematch

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn in round two fielded a team with just 14 premiership players from last year. Fremantle had 20 of its grand finalists.

AFL

Paul Roos savages Melbourne players for shocking errors

Demons coach Paul Roos watches his players being outplayed by the Eagles.

Michael Gleeson Paul Roos has begun compiling a dossier of the Melbourne players who can't perform the non-negotiables of football as he forecast savage changes to the team over the coming weeks following their...

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Demons in massive loss to Eagles

Josh Kennedy of the Eagles

Michael Gleeson In the first term Melbourne failed to get a centre hit out, they failed to get a centre clearance. they failed to get a goal.

Hawthorn's great escape

Eyes on the ball

Michael Gleeson and Greg Baum Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson was simply happy to get the win, while Essendon's Mark Thompson was almost happy with the loss.

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Rioli magic takes game from Dons

Cyril Rioli celebrates his match-winning goal.

Michael Gleeson The Hawks had led. They trailed. They had less than a minute to go. They had Cyril Rioli.

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Garlett quits Hawks

Hawthorn tried to buy some time with Dayle Garlett by giving him a break from playing and allowing him to train without the pressure to perform.

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn's decision to punt on the talented but troubled Dayle Garlett is over, with the youngster walking away from the demands of AFL life.

AFL

Griffen in line for Dogs return

Running again: Bulldogs captain  Ryan Griffen.

Michael Gleeson Western Bulldogs captain Ryan Griffen is a chance to finally lead the club on the field.

AFL

Bombers ponder Buddy-less Hawks

Essendon's Jake Carlisle shake with Hawthorn's Lance Franklin after the round 18 game between the teams in season 2013.  Franklin kicked eight goals in the Hawks' 143-87 win.

Michael Gleeson Ordinarily in weeks such as these, Essendon's match committee has sat down, looked at the Hawthorn team on the white board and said, ''Oh dear, not again. Franklin, what do we do this time?''

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AIS specialists asked for second opinion on Chris Dawes calf injury

Chris Dawes has been frustrated at his inability to be out on the field.

Michael Gleeson Melbourne forward Chris Dawes has flown to Canberra to be assessed by Australian Institute of Sport specialists for a second opinion on the problems with his calf muscles