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.

Not black and white, the evolution of Heritier Lumumba

Michael Gleeson When he was Harry he never thought it would turn out this way. But as Heritier he grew to understand that life evolves and change is to be embraced.

The Essendon verdict: A pregnant pause, not a full stop

Bombers head coach James Hird walks past a painting dedicated to the 1984 and 1985 premiership teams before his press conference at the club's headquarters on Tuesday.

Michael Gleeson It was a decision that was an end but also potentially a beginning.

Essendon drugs saga: Clearing players and clearing club not the same thing

Essendon at a closed training session on Monday.

Michael Gleeson The Essendon players' drugs tribunal has become more a referendum on whether the club was guilty rather than a test of the players' guilt.

Pies sought ASADA assurances that only two players had failed drug tests

Lachlan Keeffe and Josh Thomas.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood sought assurances from ASADA that more of their players had not failed drug tests after two of their players were found to have both tested positive to the same banned drug on the same...

Collingwood footballers Lachlan Keeffe and Josh Thomas face positive drug test


Caroline Wilson and Michael Gleeson Two Collingwood footballers are understood to have tested positive to a performance enhancing drug.

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Richmond ruckman Shaun Hampson hurt in practice match

Shaun Hampson.

Michael Gleeson Tigers ruckman Shaun Hampson suffered an ankle injury during a practice match against Collingwood at Punt Road Oval on Thursday afternoon.

Collingwood to play Ben Reid as defender

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Michael Gleeson Collingwood will shelve plans at least in the short term to play injury troubled key position player Ben Reid as a forward as they attempt to re-establish him in the senior team.

Hawthorn's Isaac Smith is fast ... and then there's David Rudisha

Not quite AFL style: David Rudisha, left, with the Hawks’ Isaac Smith and Sammy Tangui.

Michael Gleeson Isaac Smith is one of the AFL's better runners. He thinks that at best he might be able to hold on for half a lap, maybe more, hopefully a full lap. But certainly not two.

Line drawn between specified and prohibited drugs

Generic drug testing.

Michael Gleeson Ryan Crowley could play in round one if he wanted to despite having returned two positive samples for drugs because the drug he took was a "specified substance".

Fremantle Dockers' Ryan Crowley tests positive to banned substance

Fremantle's Ryan Crowley has been issued with a show cause notice and has voluntarily accepted a provisional suspension.

Michael Gleeson and Jon Pierik Fremantle tagger Ryan Crowley has tested positive to a banned substance he claims was contained in a pain killer.

Changes needed on cap to footy spend

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Michael Gleeson Medical services, player welfare, professional development and international recruits should all be excised from the soft cap on footy spending, a meeting of AFL football managers heard this week.

Play St Kilda or not at all, AFL told Bombers

Essendon coach James Hird during the club's unofficial practice match against Williamstown on Friday.

Michael Gleeson The AFL banned Essendon from playing six senior players in a pseudo–practice match against Williamstown on Friday night because if they were fit to play a competitive game they should be...

Giant five-year contract extension for Jeremy Cameron

Jeremy Cameron.

Michael Gleeson The most attractive unsigned player on the football market, Jeremy Cameron, is now off the market.

Demons high-flyer Jeremy Howe puts off contract negotiations

Jeremy Howe, the 24-year-old Tasmanian, is not a free agent at year's end and so any move to another club would require a trade.

Michael Gleeson High-flying Melbourne flanker Jeremy Howe has put off talks on a new contract with the Demons until the end of the year.

New-look Dogs, by design and necessity

Raising a howl: Tom Liberatore hobbles off with a knee injury.

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.