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.

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

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.

WADA wants Essendon case heard in Switzerland

The next phase of the Essendon saga could be heading offshore.

Michael Gleeson The World Anti-Doping Agency has requested the appeal case against the Essendon players be held in Switzerland.

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Fremantle tagger Ryan Crowley 'unwittingly took methadone for back pain'

Ryan Crowley

Michael Gleeson Ryan Crowley unwittingly took methadone given to him for back pain when he failed his drug test.

Recovery Session: New Dog teaches little Dogs big trick

Brett Goodes of the Bulldogs competes for the ball against Aaron Sandilands of the Dockers.

Michael Gleeson In the elimination final of 2009 Essendon crossed the border without a ruckman. Injuries and suspensions left them without a tall bloke to touch the ball first.

Geelong midfielder Mitch Duncan out for three months with broken foot

Mitch Duncan will be absent for three months.

Michael Gleeson Cats midfielder Mitch Duncan will be out for three months after scans revealed he broke his foot in Saturday night's loss. 

Richmond claw back to down Collingwood

Jack Riewoldt (right) of the Tigers leaps for joy after kicking a goal in the final quarter.

Michael Gleeson A quarter can turn a game and a season. The third quarter last week was as bad as Richmond could play, they lost the game and their season was listing.

WADA appeal did not affect our game, says Essendon coach James Hird

A downcast James Hird leaves the field after his team lost to North Melbourne on Friday night.

Larissa Nicholson and Michael Gleeson The World Anti-Doping Agency's decision to appeal against the verdict rendered by the AFL tribunal on the Essendon 2012 supplements program did not in any way affect Essendon's performance against...

Kangaroos down Essendon, questions remain

Martin Gleeson of the Bombers handballs as he is tackled by Ryan Bastinac of the Kangaroos.

Michael Gleeson Another Essendon loss but another with a question mark.

Richo agrees with Richo on big Nick Riewoldt

Nick Riewoldt  and Josh Bruce of the Saints celebrate.

Michael Gleeson The Richardsons agree. Nick Riewoldt is an excellent forward, but he might be better off not playing there. Well, not always.

WADA appeal: a few days of noise, says AFL


Michael Gleeson The WADA decision to appeal the Essendon case would provide "a couple of days' noise" before the focus returned to the field according to league boss Gill McLachlan.

Skill errors disturb players and coaches alike

Travis Cloke has been the subject of more psychoanalysis than Woody Allen.

Michael Gleeson Pop quiz. Who said it?