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.
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.
Michael Gleeson Both Hawthorn and the Western Bulldogs are confronting injury problems to key players for their clash in Launceston on Sunday.
Michael Gleeson Alex Rance is 25, playing the best football of his career and out of contract at the end of the year.
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...
Michael Gleeson Could Geelong's slip off the pace of the league leaders hurt their chances of signing Patrick Dangerfield?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Michael Gleeson It was a decision that was an end but also potentially a beginning.
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.
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...
Caroline Wilson and Michael Gleeson Two Collingwood footballers are understood to have tested positive to a performance enhancing drug.
Michael Gleeson Tigers ruckman Shaun Hampson suffered an ankle injury during a practice match against Collingwood at Punt Road Oval on Thursday afternoon.
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.
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.
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".
Michael Gleeson and Jon Pierik Fremantle tagger Ryan Crowley has tested positive to a banned substance he claims was contained in a pain killer.
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.
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...