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.

Collingwood coach says Magpies better than this time last year

Michael Gleeson Collingwood was a better team than the one that was in the identical position twelve months at eight wins and three losses but went on to miss the finals, Magpies coach Nathan Buckley said.

Collingwood beat injury-hit Greater Western Sydney

Jesse White celebrates one of his three goals.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood have confirmed their place in the AFL's top four by crushing an injury-ravaged GWS Giants by 42 points at the MCG.

Football opens up, but AFL wants higher scoring

AFL football operations manager Mark Evans.

Michael Gleeson The AFL is pleased the game has opened up this year but is surprised and disappointed it has yet to result in higher scoring.

St Kilda and Richmond to play fundraiser for sister/cousin

The Riewoldt family at the launch of  Maddie Riewoldt's Vision, a foundation to raise awareness and funds for bone marrow failure.

Michael Gleeson Nick Riewoldt and his cousin Jack helped keep Nick's sister Maddie alive. The players were among five family members who were blood matches for Maddie and regularly had their white cells harvested in...

Drugs scandal: Bombers should not have recruited Cooney and Gwilt, says Thompson

Mark Thompson accused Essendon of 'taking shortcuts' on 3AW Football.

Michael Gleeson Mark Thompson said he did not support the idea of Essendon recruiting older players such as Adam Cooney and James Gwilt as short-term remedies for loss of draft picks.

North Melbourne: Brent Harvey staging should be reported

Team spirit: Brent Harvey (second from right) with interim coach Darren Crocker (second left), captain Andrew Swallow (extreme left) and and Ben Cunnington.

Michael Gleeson Brent Harvey's amusing trickery to draw a 50-metre penalty should also see him reported for staging.

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North Melbourne bounces back with win in Hobart

Jack Ziebell of the Kangaroos is congratulated by Lindsay Thomas after kicking a goal against West Coast.

Michael Gleeson A week after being pillloried as disgusting by their coach North Melbourne replied with a performance caretaker coach Darren Crocker described as super and the platform for the second half of the...

Kangaroos get vital win against Eagles

Jack Ziebell of the Kangaroos kicks while being tackled by Scott Selwood of the Eagles.

Michael Gleeson Resurgent North Melbourne hangs tough to claim a crucial 10-point victory over West Coast.

A house divided: brothers in Collingwood and Melbourne camps

Collingwood and Melbourne footballers Jack Frost and Sam Frost, with parents David and Wendy and sister Dani

Michael Gleeson David Frost knew what it was to have a namesake. The double-take and giggle when you mentioned your name. The upside was it robbed friends of one of the nickname choices.

Carlton's Chris Yarran: John Barker makes big statement

AFL Sherrin

Michael Gleeson This was something Mick Malthouse would not have done. Which is perhaps why it was done.

AFL clubs demand fair play on right to trade future draft picks

Seeking fairness: Hawthorn president Andrew Newbold.

Michael Gleeson AFL clubs have urged the league to extend the right to trade future draft picks to all clubs, and not just some through the academy and father-son picks.

Magpie Dane Swan bites back: I'm no has-been

Dane Swan of the Magpies and Lindsay Thomas of the Kangaroos compete for the ball during the round nine match on Sunday.

Michael Gleeson Dane Swan is a study in bemused insouciance to the noise around football but he still heard the queries and the doubts that he could still be the player he had been and he resolved to prove them...

Collingwood grab comeback win over North Melbourne

Jamie Elliott is congratulated by teammates for his after-the-siren goal.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood produced a remarkable second-half revival to power over the top of North Melbourne and win their AFL match by 17 points at the MCG on Sunday.

The Mick Malthouse sacking: Nathan Buckley says forget past year, respect the career

Collingwood coach nathan buckley

Michael Gleeson A day after Carlton sacks a coach and sits miserably at the bottom of the ladder. Where do you go?

Adelaide fury over Malthouse's Betts claims

Mick Malthouse says Eddie Betts'

Michael Gleeson Adelaide has slammed sacked Carlton coach Mick Malthouse's incendiary claims that the club struck an illegal early deal with recruit Eddie Betts, claiming they were an outrageous slur on the club and...

Richmond's Brett Deledio the Robbie Flower of his generation

Tiger Brett Deledio celebrates after kicking a goal against Collingwood.

Michael Gleeson It's hard to be under-rated when you were chosen as the best player of your year. But Brett Deledio is.

Clarkson laments 'toxic' environment at Blues as Malthouse meeting looms

Uncertain times: Mick Malthouse.

Michael Gleeson and Jesse Hogan Reigning premiership coach Alastair Clarkson believes his Carlton counterpart Mick Malthouse is having to coach within a "really toxic and difficult environment" at Carlton, ahead of the beleaguered...

Demons beat Western Bulldogs, return to winners list

Demon Matt Jones is congratulated by teammates after kicking a goal.

Michael Gleeson Melbourne have returned to the AFL winners list in impressive fashion, downing the Western Bulldogs by 39 points at the MCG.

Carlton's Cameron Wood labels criticism of Mick Malthouse 'rude and disgusting'

Mick Malthouse.

Michael Gleeson Criticism of Michael Malthouse as a coach were "rude and disgusting" according to ruckman Cameron Wood in a spirited defence of the coach who brought him to Carlton.

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AFL ponders lowering father-son threshold

The move to further toughen the father-son bidding gained momentum after Essendon drafted Joe Daniher in the 2012 draft with pick No.10.

Caroline Wilson and Michael Gleeson The AFL is considering softening the rules surrounding father-son picks.