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.

Stephen Dank to appeal guilty findings

Michael Gleeson Stephen Dank will appeal the finding against him by the AFL's Anti-Doping panel, despite not having been a participant in the first hearing.

Key Hawk, Dog in doubt for Sunday

Out: Bradley Hill of the Hawks.

Michael Gleeson Both Hawthorn and the Western Bulldogs are confronting injury problems to key players for their clash in Launceston on Sunday.

Would Tiger Alex Rance walk away from millions?


Michael Gleeson Alex Rance is 25, playing the best football of his career and out of contract at the end of the year.

St Kilda wary about rushing Paddy McCartin

Patrick McCartin is the Saints' No.1 draft pick.

Michael Gleeson The spectre of doing a Melbourne and parading their No. 1 pick as a marketing exercise has hung over every club since the Demons' ill-advised trumpeting of Jack Watts' debut on Queen's Birthday in...

Any danger Cats could slip out of contention for star Crow?

Prized target: Adelaide's Patrick Dangerfield.

Michael Gleeson Could Geelong's slip off the pace of the league leaders hurt their chances of signing Patrick Dangerfield?

Essendon's victory over Hawthorn more than just a win

Captain to captain: Luke Hodge of the Hawks handballs while in the grip of Essendon's Jobe Watson.

Michael Gleeson This was victory as release more than joy. It was an emotional unburdening and a physical relief that spoke to years of frustration more than a week of disappointment.   

Grant Birchall in line for Hawthorn comeback against Essendon

One of the better players: Hawthorn's Grant Birchall in training.

Michael Gleeson Grant Birchall has not played a game against another club since the grand final last year, but he may be brought straight back into the Hawthorn side to play Essendon on Saturday.

It’s back: North Melbourne’s leaky defence problem

Taylor Walker of the Crows (L) and Joel Tippett of the Kangaroos compete for the ball.

Michael Gleeson To avoid the cautionary tales of round ones past and all that business about swallows and summer we offer as evidence not one round but four: the last four games that North Melbourne has played.

Not black and white, the evolution of Heritier Lumumba

Heritier Lumumba is enjoying life as a Demon.

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

Ben Reid

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

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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...