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 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...
Michael Gleeson The most attractive unsigned player on the football market, Jeremy Cameron, is now off the market.
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.
Michael Gleeson They lost their captain, they lost a Brownlow medallist and now they have lost their best and fairest player.
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.
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.
Michael Gleeson The rebirthing Collingwood rolled over the top of the rejuvenating Hawthorn by 44 points to win the first game of the year.
Michael Gleeson Carlton have suffered more injury setbacks with utility Andrew Walker having more knee surgery and captain Marc Murphy straining a calf muscle.
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.
Michael Gleeson Only a handful of Hawthorn's premiership players will play in the opening NAB Challenge game on Thursday as the Hawks manage their protracted build up to round one.
Jon Pierik and Michael Gleeson The Queensland Rugby Union has made it clear code-hopper Karmichael Hunt was still a contracted AFL player with the Gold Coast Suns when he was under investigation for allegedly supplying cocaine.
Michael Gleeson It's back! Michael Gleeson previews the first week of pre-season footy for 2015.
Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall The top six teams each year should be precluded from signing a free agent unless they were to lose a free agent, according to veteran football manager Geoff Walsh.
Michael Gleeson Collingwood's prized but as-yet unseen young talent Matthew Scharenberg is virtually back in full training, just months after having his knee reconstructed.