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.

Richmond hold out fast finishing Saints in Maddie's Match

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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St Kilda surge to stunning win over Essendon

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 05:  David Armitage of the Saints is congratulated by team mates after kicking a goal during the round 14 AFL match between the Essendon Bombers and the St Kilda Saints at Etihad Stadium on July 5, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Michael Gleeson St Kilda have embarrassed Essendon and intensified pressure on James Hird's coaching future with a stunning 110-point win at Etihad Stadium.

Hawks and Pies honour slain coach after tight game

The teams stand for a minute of silence in memory of Phil Walsh.

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn and Collingwood players have honoured Adelaide coach Phil Walsh with a moving gesture after Friday's night match at the MCG.

An AFL mid-season trade, loans or draft: a discussion worth having

Michael Gleeson James Hird was fed up with his out-of-form ruckman Tom Bellchambers. The next ruck he had in the seconds, Jonathan Giles, was either so hopeless, so hopelessly out of form or so hopelessly out of...

AFL players mid-season draft, loan or trade period raised

Open to discussions: AFL Players Association boss Paul Marsh.

Michael Gleeson Options to trade, draft or even loan players between AFL clubs mid-season are being explored as ideas for an overhaul of player movement rules.

MRP was wrong, not just careless on Buddy, Tippett bans

Lance Franklin was reported for this clash with Richmond's Shane Edwards during the round 13 clash at the SCG.

Michael Gleeson Swans pair Buddy Franklin and Kurt Tippett got off lightly when intent was carelessly mistaken. One week for each was wrong.

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Geelong Cats Rhys Stanley out for the season after foot surgery

Season gone: Geelong's Rhys Stanley is out for the rest of 2015.

Michael Gleeson Geelong ruck Rhys Stanley will miss the rest of the year after having foot surgery.

Western Bulldog Tom Boyd not yet risen despite $6m contract

Michael Gleeson Tom Boyd is a rising star of the AFL. We learnt this in an email on Monday.

Jack Crisp and Collingwood face defining moment of season

Jack the lad: But Crisp is facing a big task against Nathan Fyfe on Thursday.

Michael Gleeson This year's best steak knives will most likely be required to play on the best player in the competition on Thursday night.