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

Hot or cold?

Michael Gleeson The choice appeared simple: go high; get hot; or go nowhere to go somewhere.

AFL

Melbourne coach Paul Roos favours a minimum cap for clubs

Paul Roos the coach of the Demons

Michael Gleeson The AFL should cap how little clubs spend on football, not how much, says Paul Roos.

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New coach Paul Roos shocked by Demons' scars

Melbourne Coach Paul Roos.

Michael Gleeson Paul Roos was expecting to find some 'scarring' when he arrived at Melbourne. But he was shocked by what he found.

AFL

Saint Sam Gilbert has foot surgery

St Kilda's Sam Gilbert

Michael Gleeson St Kilda defender Sam Gilbert faces a delayed start to the AFL season after sustaining a foot injury in pre-season training.

AFL

Top detective Gerry Ryan's appointment to AFL integrity role was 'proactive'

Gerry Ryan

Michael Gleeson The move to appoint a highly ranked detective to lead integrity investigations was not a response to fresh threats to the game from overseas bookmakers or new doping discoveries, the AFL has said.

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Collingwood sacks veteran recruiter Noel Judkins

Noel Judkins.

Michael Gleeson A part-time Collingwood recruiter has been sacked for passing on information about players to Essendon.

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Rival AFL clubs ready to pounce on hesitant Melbourne defender James Frawley

James Frawley.

Michael Gleeson James Frawley has had seven coaches in eight seasons at Melbourne. Three sacked, three picked up the pieces, now one has arrived to put an end to that nonsense.

AFL

Defender James Frawley puts contract talks with Melbourne Demons on hold

James Frawley.

Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall Melbourne key defender James Frawley, one of the league's most attractive free agents, has put contract talks on hold until he sees 'the direction of the club' in 2014.

AFL

Nick Maxwell optimistic that Collingwood will challenge for flag

Nick Maxwell.

Michael Gleeson Nick Maxwell declares Collingwood would not drop away this season and would contend for the flag.

AFL

Paul Seedsman to miss start of season after hip surgery

Collingwood's Paul Seedsman

Michael Gleeson Collingwood defender Paul Seedsman has had hip surgery and will miss the start of the home and away season.

AFL

Cats skipper eyes recovery for first round

Michael Gleeson Joel Selwood had minor surgery in Brisbane last week on a tendon problem.

Andrew Gowers replaces Jason Dunstall as Hawthorn football director

Andrew Gowers.

Michael Gleeson Former Hawthorn premiership player Andrew Gowers will replace Jason Dunstall on the club's board.

AFL

Brown suspended during probe

Aggression comes naturally to Campbell Brown.

Michael Gleeson Campbell Brown suspended while he is being investigated for punching teammate Steven May.

AFL

Suns player thought he'd been hit by Rihanna's bodyguard, not Campbell Brown

Rihanna and Campbell Brown

Michael Gleeson Gold Coast player Steven May is understood to have thought he had been hit by one of pop star Rihanna's bodyguards outside a Los Angeles night club before being told by teammates that it had been...

AFL

Campbell Brown, a shortage of smarts

Michael Gleeson

Michael Gleeson If Mel Brooks was still making Get Smart in Hollywood, he would make a character out of Campbell Brown.

AFL

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson parts with manager Liam Pickering

Alastair Clarkson.

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn premiership coach parts ways with Liam Pickering in the wake of the Lance Franklin move from the Hawks.

AFL

Record membership drives Collingwood to $5.2m profit

Collingwood.

Michael Gleeson As the AFL examines more ways to enrich its poorest clubs to further equalise the competition, one of its richest, Collingwood, has announced an operating profit of more than $5 million.

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The other side of the draft: the man who said no to Collingwood

Jarrad Dalton.

Michael Gleeson When the clubs came knocking, Jarrod Dalton had to make a hard choice.

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AFL runners put on notice as commission signals a change

Collingwood runner

Michael Gleeson The AFL has sent a clear message that the days of runners taking messages to players on the ground are numbered.

AFL

Hawks chance their arm, as GWS feast on more talent

Dayle Garlett

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn took the biggest gamble of Thursday night's draft giving the enormously talented yet troubled small forward Dayle Garlett the chance he had sought but was denied last year.