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.


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.

High hopes but free agents failing to make their mark

Recovery session

Michael Gleeson Free agency was the tool introduced for clubs to ratchet themselves up the ladder.


Franklin puts hand up


Michael Gleeson Twenty minutes into the second quarter and Hawthorn flooded. Not its forward line, mind you, its back line.


Burgoyne applauds Goodes' stand

Shaun Burgoyne

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn midfielder proud and inspired by Adam Goodes' response to racial comment.


Coach relieved as Hawks finally shade dogged Suns

Happy ending: Sam Mitchell with  his children

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson disappointed that burst in third quarter needed at all.


Applause for Goodes over stand on abuse

Adam Goodes

Michael Gleeson, Matt Murnane Hawthorn midfielder Shaun Burgoyne said he was proud and inspired by the stand taken by Swans champion Adam Goodes over a racial comment shouted by a 13-year-old girl over the fence on Friday night.

Goodes reports fan abuse

Too classy: Sydney champion Adam Goodes' brilliant night on the field was spoilt late in the game.

Michael Gleeson Female Collingwood fan escorted from MCG after altercation with Adam Goodes.