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.

Recovery Session: More Blues Friday night horror shows

Michael Gleeson After the party comes the hangover. The festival of the Malthouse ended on Friday night in the most unedifying manner: a side not playing for the coach on the night of his veneration.

Essendon hold off St Kilda to win by two points

Travis Colyer launched a blistering run before kicking a goal to put the Bombers in front.

Michael Gleeson Essendon have held off an outstanding challenge from St Kilda to win their pulsating AFL match by two points.

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse says it was as bad a game as Blues have played under him

Disappointing: Carlton coach Mick Malthouse talks to his players during a break in the game.

Michael Gleeson Michael Malthouse's record-breaking game was also one of his worst describing his side's belting by Collingwood was as disappointing as any in his time at Carlton.

Blues offer little to honour Mick Malthouse

Little to cheer about: A grim-faced Mick Malthouse watches his 715th game as coach at the MCG on Friday night.

Michael Gleeson This was a memorable game for Michael Malthouse, for his family for Collingwood and for football.

Tyrone Vickery a symbol of what bedevils Richmond

Michael Gleeson Tyrone Vickery will most likely be picked to play for Richmond this week. He kicked four in the VFL last week and Ben Griffiths is out injured.

Gold Coast Suns lose David Swallow, Nick Malceski to injury

David Swallow will be sidelined for at least eight weeks.

Claire Siracusa and Michael Gleeson In a blow for Gold Coast, club leaders David Swallow and Nick Malceski will be sidelined for weeks through injury.

Fast Dogs need to learn to slow it down too

Michael Gleeson Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge is keenly aware the helter-skelter pace his hard-working Bulldogs are playing at the moment is unlikely to be sustainable through the whole season and they need...

Richie, the freshly minted Demon

Nathan Jones and Aaron Vandenberg of the Demons high-five fans after defeating Richmond on Friday.

Michael Gleeson Aaron Vandenberg is a large, strong Melbourne midfielder. He has played four games now, but before Friday night you probably had not heard of him.

Gritty Melbourne charge past Richmond

Team-lifter: Melbourne skipper Nathan Jones celebrates after kicking a vital third-quarter goal.

Michael Gleeson This was a win for Melbourne that will be deemed an upset, but shouldn't be. This was a loss for Richmond that feels in hindsight painfully predictable.

Collingwood is bananas about Tim Broomhead

Michael Gleeson Tim Broomhead can kick a banana. He just won't eat one.

Hooker and Hurley form the Bombers' new elite defence

The Bombers' Cale Hooker celebrates a goal with teammate Zach Merret in the win against Hawthorn.

Michael Gleeson One of the many ironies of Cale Hooker is that for someone so loved by Essendon, the club tried to trade him.

ASADA will not appeal AFL anti-doping tribunal verdicts on Essendon, Stephen Dank

ASADA CEO Ben McDevitt.

Michael Gleeson ASADA will not appeal the AFL anti-doping tribunal's verdicts in relation to the 34 past and present Essendon players and sports scientist Stephen Dank.

Stephen Dank to appeal guilty findings

Stephen Dank:

Michael Gleeson Stephen Dank will appeal the finding against him by the AFL's Anti-Doping panel, despite not having been a participant in the first hearing.

Key Hawk, Dog in doubt for Sunday

Out: Bradley Hill of the Hawks.

Michael Gleeson Both Hawthorn and the Western Bulldogs are confronting injury problems to key players for their clash in Launceston on Sunday.

Would Tiger Alex Rance walk away from millions?


Michael Gleeson Alex Rance is 25, playing the best football of his career and out of contract at the end of the year.

St Kilda wary about rushing Paddy McCartin

Patrick McCartin is the Saints' No.1 draft pick.

Michael Gleeson The spectre of doing a Melbourne and parading their No. 1 pick as a marketing exercise has hung over every club since the Demons' ill-advised trumpeting of Jack Watts' debut on Queen's Birthday in...

Any danger Cats could slip out of contention for star Crow?

Prized target: Adelaide's Patrick Dangerfield.

Michael Gleeson Could Geelong's slip off the pace of the league leaders hurt their chances of signing Patrick Dangerfield?

Essendon's victory over Hawthorn more than just a win

Captain to captain: Luke Hodge of the Hawks handballs while in the grip of Essendon's Jobe Watson.

Michael Gleeson This was victory as release more than joy. It was an emotional unburdening and a physical relief that spoke to years of frustration more than a week of disappointment.   

Grant Birchall in line for Hawthorn comeback against Essendon

One of the better players: Hawthorn's Grant Birchall in training.

Michael Gleeson Grant Birchall has not played a game against another club since the grand final last year, but he may be brought straight back into the Hawthorn side to play Essendon on Saturday.

It’s back: North Melbourne’s leaky defence problem

Taylor Walker of the Crows (L) and Joel Tippett of the Kangaroos compete for the ball.

Michael Gleeson To avoid the cautionary tales of round ones past and all that business about swallows and summer we offer as evidence not one round but four: the last four games that North Melbourne has played.