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.

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.

Not black and white, the evolution of Heritier Lumumba

Heritier Lumumba is enjoying life as a Demon.

Michael Gleeson When he was Harry he never thought it would turn out this way. But as Heritier he grew to understand that life evolves and change is to be embraced.

The Essendon verdict: A pregnant pause, not a full stop

Bombers head coach James Hird walks past a painting dedicated to the 1984 and 1985 premiership teams before his press conference at the club's headquarters on Tuesday.

Michael Gleeson It was a decision that was an end but also potentially a beginning.

Essendon drugs saga: Clearing players and clearing club not the same thing

Essendon at a closed training session on Monday.

Michael Gleeson The Essendon players' drugs tribunal has become more a referendum on whether the club was guilty rather than a test of the players' guilt.

Pies sought ASADA assurances that only two players had failed drug tests

Lachlan Keeffe and Josh Thomas.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood sought assurances from ASADA that more of their players had not failed drug tests after two of their players were found to have both tested positive to the same banned drug on the same...

Collingwood footballers Lachlan Keeffe and Josh Thomas face positive drug test


Caroline Wilson and Michael Gleeson Two Collingwood footballers are understood to have tested positive to a performance enhancing drug.

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Richmond ruckman Shaun Hampson hurt in practice match

Shaun Hampson.

Michael Gleeson Tigers ruckman Shaun Hampson suffered an ankle injury during a practice match against Collingwood at Punt Road Oval on Thursday afternoon.

Collingwood to play Ben Reid as defender

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Michael Gleeson Collingwood will shelve plans at least in the short term to play injury troubled key position player Ben Reid as a forward as they attempt to re-establish him in the senior team.

Hawthorn's Isaac Smith is fast ... and then there's David Rudisha

Not quite AFL style: David Rudisha, left, with the Hawks’ Isaac Smith and Sammy Tangui.

Michael Gleeson Isaac Smith is one of the AFL's better runners. He thinks that at best he might be able to hold on for half a lap, maybe more, hopefully a full lap. But certainly not two.

Line drawn between specified and prohibited drugs

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Michael Gleeson Ryan Crowley could play in round one if he wanted to despite having returned two positive samples for drugs because the drug he took was a "specified substance".

Fremantle Dockers' Ryan Crowley tests positive to banned substance

Fremantle's Ryan Crowley has been issued with a show cause notice and has voluntarily accepted a provisional suspension.

Michael Gleeson and Jon Pierik Fremantle tagger Ryan Crowley has tested positive to a banned substance he claims was contained in a pain killer.

Changes needed on cap to footy spend

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Michael Gleeson Medical services, player welfare, professional development and international recruits should all be excised from the soft cap on footy spending, a meeting of AFL football managers heard this week.

Play St Kilda or not at all, AFL told Bombers

Essendon coach James Hird during the club's unofficial practice match against Williamstown on Friday.

Michael Gleeson The AFL banned Essendon from playing six senior players in a pseudo–practice match against Williamstown on Friday night because if they were fit to play a competitive game they should be...

Giant five-year contract extension for Jeremy Cameron

Jeremy Cameron.

Michael Gleeson The most attractive unsigned player on the football market, Jeremy Cameron, is now off the market.

Demons high-flyer Jeremy Howe puts off contract negotiations

Jeremy Howe, the 24-year-old Tasmanian, is not a free agent at year's end and so any move to another club would require a trade.

Michael Gleeson High-flying Melbourne flanker Jeremy Howe has put off talks on a new contract with the Demons until the end of the year.

New-look Dogs, by design and necessity

Raising a howl: Tom Liberatore hobbles off with a knee injury.

Michael Gleeson They lost their captain, they lost a Brownlow medallist and now they have lost their best and fairest player.

Bulldog Nathan Hrovat hospitalised with cracked rib, breathing trouble

Nathan Hrovat.

Michael Gleeson and Daniel Cherny Young midfielder Nathan Hrovat spent Saturday night in hospital with breathing difficulties after breaking a rib in the Dogs' opening NAB Challenge game.

Collingwood 'on the right path'

Tyson Goldsack (left) of the Magpies and Steele Sidebottom celebrate a goal.

Michael Gleeson It was only a pre-season game but a solid win in the style they wanted to play would give Collingwood’s young players confidence and validation they were on the right path, Nathan Buckley said.