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.

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Time for Tom Lee to make his mark

Michael Gleeson One of the bright lights to emerge in the grim end to last season, the key forward has been desperately needed in a one-dimensional forward line, but has not been sighted.

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Saints' restructure sees two executives go marching out

Matt Finnis.

Michael Gleeson New St Kilda chief executive Matt Finnis has overhauled the club's executive weeks after starting at the club, axing the roles of the club's chief operating officer Terry Dillon and general manager...

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Carlton holds out Adelaide for narrow win

Eddie Betts celebrates a fourth-quarter goal.

Michael Gleeson Carlton has withstood a late flourish from former Blue Eddie Betts to record a tense five-point win over Adelaide at the MCG.

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AFL's growing band of religious players

AFL footballers who call on God

Michael Gleeson In a sport that is a religion, many of the players themselves are religious.

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Duty of care has been bumped

Recovery session

Michael Gleeson AFL football operations manager Mark Evans must act on bump rules with the match review panel.

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Tigers need to get confidence back, says club chief Brendon Gale

Richmond chief executive Brendon Gale.

Michael Gleeson Richmond players are playing tentative football completely lacking in confidence, according to club chief executive Brendon Gale.

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Suns get past Saints to register fourth straight win

Saint Lenny Hayes fails to smother a kick from Gary Ablett.

Michael Gleeson Gold Coast's breakout AFL season has continued to gain momentum with a regulation 38-point win over St Kilda on Sunday.

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Swans were at the top of their game, says Mark Thompson

Michael Gleeson The Swans were exceptional, but won playing a game that is unlikely to be sustained through into September, according to Essendon coach Mark Thompson.

Lance Franklin boots five as Swans down Bombers

Lance Franklin shakes his fist in triumph after kicking a goal as Dustin Fletcher watches.

Michael Gleeson Lance Franklin flexed his muscles and Sydney did the same in an eventful 50-point victory over Essendon.

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For Saints and Tigers it's Riewoldt or bust

Recovery session

Michael Gleeson We need to talk about Riewoldt. Either one, take your pick it doesn't matter which cousin you choose the issue is roughly the same.

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Blues' second term blows Saints away

Carlton and St Kilda players get up close and personal during Monday night's game.

Michael Gleeson Carlton's eight-goal second quarter earns it a gritty 32-point win against St Kilda.

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St Kilda needs to respond to belting

Coach Alan Richardson (left) at a Saints training session at Moorabbin Oval on Sunday.

Michael Gleeson It's about us not them, says Saints coach Alan Richardson ahead of Monday night's clash with Carlton.

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Leigh Montagna says St Kilda will play finals in next few years

Leigh Montagna (centre) trains at Moorabbin Oval on Sunday.

Michael Gleeson St Kilda can mimic Port Adelaide and rapidly regenerate and resurrect from the ladder lower reaches in sharp time, according to Leigh Montagna.

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Sliding Dawes: Demon was nearly a Bulldog

Chris Dawes

Michael Gleeson Had things turned out only slightly differently, Chris Dawes would have been running out this week against Melbourne, not for the Demons.

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The benefit of losing Buddy

Hawks Lance Franklin, Jack Gunston and Paul Puopolo celebrate their 2013 grand final win.

Michael Gleeson Who would they have lost? Would it have been Cyril? What about Jack Gunston?

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Tigers teeter on the brink

Getting physical: Steven Morris and Mathew Stokes.

Michael Gleeson Richmond was encouraged by a change in its attack on the game but was still frustrated to have to content itself with the fact it had lost again – its fifth in seven games as its finals hopes slide.

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Pies rise as Blues and game fall flat

Carlton's Heath Scotland finds himself under pressure.

Michael Gleeson Carlton and Collingwood had all the ingredients, but as a dish it failed to rise.

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Collingwood and Carlton serve up half-baked blockbuster

Michael Gleeson Carlton and Collingwood had all the ingredients, but as a dish it failed to rise.

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AFL ruckmen: overrated players, or overrated position?

The big men fly ... Aaron Sandilands is high on the rankings.

Michael Gleeson Aaron Sandilands might be the most overrated player in football. Or he might just play in the most overrated position.

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Williams may get early recall

Marley Williams

Michael Gleeson Collingwood is considering drafting back pocket Marley Williams into the team after just one VFL game as a replacement for the injured Alex Fasolo.