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.


Scott delighted Roos bucked their recent trend

Michael Gleeson North Melbourne coach Brad Scott said he too found a sense of de ja vu about the match.


Messiah or pariah?


Michael Gleeson When he was 10, James Hird's father asked him what he wanted to do with his life. The blond boy looked up at his dad and very clearly stated: "I want to captain Essendon to a premiership, marry a...


Betts puts contract talks on hold at Blues

Eddie Betts

Michael Gleeson Carlton forward Eddie Betts has put off contract talks until the end of the season.


Little surprise as new Bomber chief backs Hird

That's all: Paul Little makes his media statement outside Essendon's headquarters.

Michael Gleeson Paul Little's first words as new chairman of Essendon as brief as they were unsurprising.


Campaign call to put the boots in

These Wadeye boys could be AFL stars of the future. All they need is a bit of help.

Michael Gleeson "There are 21 different clans in Wadeye. Which means they need something to unite them ... and football is it."

Up there, Junior, boots are our goal

Footy boots for kids campaign.

Michael Gleeson Junior Shandley could knock a can off a fence post from 30 metres, if he was asked.


Davis in, boots and all

Nothing changes: Twenty years on, Leon Davis is still fighting racism.

Michael Gleeson Leon Davis thought things would be better, but 20 years on, they are much worse.

Davis in, boots and all

Michael Gleeson Leon Davis thought things would be better, but 20 years on, they are much worse.

Footy boots for kids campaign

Aboriginal children playing AFL at The Gunbalanya School.

Michael Gleeson A program in Arnhem Land uses football to help foster an enthusiasm for school.

Short answer to small problem

Recovery session

Michael Gleeson Luke Breust or Lindsay Thomas, Ben McGlynn or Eddie Betts. Small forwards. At one point or another all have turned Collingwood around and opened it up.


No brats or rats in the Pies ranks

Dane Swan is chased by Tom Liberatore.

Michael Gleeson Nathan Buckley's purported problem with the group, uncreatively named the Rat Pack - or Brat Pack depending on your age - is that the monastic former teammate's disciplinary ways were too onerous and...


Murphy's jaw for Blues as skipper felled

Marc Murphy.

Michael Gleeson Carlton captain Marc Murphy was taken to hospital with a suspected broken jaw that could sideline him for more than a month.

Furious Malthouse blasts umpiring anomalies

Mick Malthouse.

Michael Gleeson Carlton coach Michael Malthouse has bitterly condemned umpiring, in the wake of Carlton's narrow loss to Hawthorn, claiming there had been an apparent abandonment or reinterpretation of the...

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Krakouer back at Magpies training but selection unlikely


Michael Gleeson Krakouer did not play for the senior or VFL teams after being unable to train last week.


Nothing to rue this week

Brent Harvey.

Michael Gleeson Brent Harvey celebrates his 350th game with a four-goal haul in North Melbourne's 68-point win over St Kilda.

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Tigers ugly 'but still within reach'

Burning bright: Former Kangaroo Aaron Edwards has been named in the Richmond squad for Monday's game.

Michael Gleeson Until last week at least, Richmond was still winning ugly. Then it just got ugly.


Hawks deserve three picks for Buddy: Dunstall

Jason Dunstall.

Jon Pierik and Michael Gleeson Hawthorn football director says no Melbourne-based club can match GWS' offer for Lance Franklin.

Bomber players should not rest easy: expert

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Michael Gleeson Players told not to think they can evade sanction if they took banned substances.


Moloney left Demons after 'snub' over captaincy

Brent Moloney.

Michael Gleeson Former Melbourne vice-captain Brent Moloney left the club because he was upset at not being named captain.


Lukewarm Pies feeling the heat

Nathan Buckley

Michael Gleeson Injuries are forcing Collingwood to re-model its team, writes Michael Gleeson.