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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Shifting tides as Dockers and Hawks get ready to clash in grand final rematch

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn in round two fielded a team with just 14 premiership players from last year. Fremantle had 20 of its grand finalists.

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Paul Roos savages Melbourne players for shocking errors

Demons coach Paul Roos watches his players being outplayed by the Eagles.

Michael Gleeson Paul Roos has begun compiling a dossier of the Melbourne players who can't perform the non-negotiables of football as he forecast savage changes to the team over the coming weeks following their...

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Demons in massive loss to Eagles

Josh Kennedy of the Eagles

Michael Gleeson In the first term Melbourne failed to get a centre hit out, they failed to get a centre clearance. they failed to get a goal.

Hawthorn's great escape

Eyes on the ball

Michael Gleeson and Greg Baum Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson was simply happy to get the win, while Essendon's Mark Thompson was almost happy with the loss.

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Rioli magic takes game from Dons

Cyril Rioli celebrates his match-winning goal.

Michael Gleeson The Hawks had led. They trailed. They had less than a minute to go. They had Cyril Rioli.

AFL

Garlett quits Hawks

Hawthorn tried to buy some time with Dayle Garlett by giving him a break from playing and allowing him to train without the pressure to perform.

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn's decision to punt on the talented but troubled Dayle Garlett is over, with the youngster walking away from the demands of AFL life.

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Griffen in line for Dogs return

Running again: Bulldogs captain  Ryan Griffen.

Michael Gleeson Western Bulldogs captain Ryan Griffen is a chance to finally lead the club on the field.

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Bombers ponder Buddy-less Hawks

Essendon's Jake Carlisle shake with Hawthorn's Lance Franklin after the round 18 game between the teams in season 2013.  Franklin kicked eight goals in the Hawks' 143-87 win.

Michael Gleeson Ordinarily in weeks such as these, Essendon's match committee has sat down, looked at the Hawthorn team on the white board and said, ''Oh dear, not again. Franklin, what do we do this time?''

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AIS specialists asked for second opinion on Chris Dawes calf injury

Chris Dawes has been frustrated at his inability to be out on the field.

Michael Gleeson Melbourne forward Chris Dawes has flown to Canberra to be assessed by Australian Institute of Sport specialists for a second opinion on the problems with his calf muscles

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Carlton's window of opportunity anything but clear

Carlton players leave the field after losing to Port Adelaide on Sunday.

Michael Gleeson Losing to Port could not be the sound of a premiership window closing when it hadn't yet opened.

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Lack of match fitness reason for loss, says Malthouse

Mick Malthouse with his team at quarter-time.

Michael Gleeson Lack of match fitness a reason, not an excuse, for Carlton's "very dismal" final-quarter blowout.

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Port makes last quarter all its own

Dale Thomas

Michael Gleeson Port Adelaide hits a purple patch in the final quarter to defeat Carlton by 33 points.

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Nathan Buckley concedes Collingwood were 'slaughtered'

Nathan Buckley

Michael Gleeson Nathan Buckley offers no excuses for Collingwood’s equal poorest goal-kicking since 2007.

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Pies docked and decked in first round

Got you: Collingwood’s Brent Macaffer wraps up Docker big man Aaron Sandilands.

Michael Gleeson Despite some big talk from the Collingwood chief Gary Pert, the Pies were simply not up to the task, losing by a whopping 70 points.

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Peter Moore hopes son goes to old club Collingwood

Collingwood legend: Peter Moore.

Michael Gleeson Former Collingwood captain and dual Brownlow medallist Peter Moore is hopeful his talented son Darcy follows his footsteps and is taken by his old club.

Collingwood to give Tom Langdon his debut

Tom Langdon.

Michael Gleeson and Jon Pierik Collingwood is almost certain to include first-gamer Tom Langdon for the opening round.

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St Kilda considers Luke Dunstan and Jack Billings for debuts against Melbourne

St Kilda.

Michael Gleeson In the match between the team with no midfield the team with no tall forwards, St Kilda will debut at least one if not two midfielders in the season opener against Melbourne.

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Mature-aged rookie Matt Thomas set to debut for Richmond

Matt Thomas

Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson Mature-aged recruit Matt Thomas is almost assured of joining former Blue Shaun Hampson in making his debut for Richmond in the round-one clash on the Gold Coast on Saturday night.

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Murphy looks beyond the blue horizon

Carlton captain Marc Murphy

Michael Gleeson Captaincy has not affected Marc Murphy's game, as some critics believe, but it has focused his mindset.

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Blues midfielder Bryce Gibbs will wear a hand brace in round one

First Elimination Final.Richmond v Carlton. Richmond's Alex Rance chases Carlton's Bryce Gibbs at the MCG.8th September 2013.Picture Sebastian Costanzo. The Age.

Michael Gleeson Gibbs will wear a brace on a hand in the opening round after sustaining an injury last week.