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.
Michael Gleeson Hawthorn has not looked this good all season. They were authoritative, purposeful and potent, all things that could not be said of their opponent.
Michael Gleeson Richmond and Carlton have played great games of football. This was not one of them.
Michael Gleeson The good the bad and the ugly of North Melbourne. Brad Scott didn't expressly use the words ''mentally soft'' to describe his team, as others have, but that was the inference.
Michael Gleeson On the eve of his 250th game Dane Swan reflects on a life in footy admitting he would have possibly walked away last year if not contract for this year and beyond.
Michael Gleeson Cyril Rioli's less is more game was a reminder that football is about impact.
Michael Gleeson This is a broken team. This is a team that appears incapable of being fixed by the man in charge, the man who was in charge when they were broken.
Daniel Cherny and Michael Gleeson Despite conceding that the pressure upon him is mounting, a defiant James Hird still believes he is the right man to coach Essendon.
Michael Gleeson St Kilda have embarrassed Essendon and intensified pressure on James Hird's coaching future with a stunning 110-point win at Etihad Stadium.
Michael Gleeson Hawthorn and Collingwood players have honoured Adelaide coach Phil Walsh with a moving gesture after Friday's night match at the MCG.
Michael Gleeson James Hird was fed up with his out-of-form ruckman Tom Bellchambers. The next ruck he had in the seconds, Jonathan Giles, was either so hopeless, so hopelessly out of form or so hopelessly out of...
Michael Gleeson Options to trade, draft or even loan players between AFL clubs mid-season are being explored as ideas for an overhaul of player movement rules.
Michael Gleeson Swans pair Buddy Franklin and Kurt Tippett got off lightly when intent was carelessly mistaken. One week for each was wrong.
Michael Gleeson Geelong ruck Rhys Stanley will miss the rest of the year after having foot surgery.
Michael Gleeson Tom Boyd is a rising star of the AFL. We learnt this in an email on Monday.
Michael Gleeson This year's best steak knives will most likely be required to play on the best player in the competition on Thursday night.
Michael Gleeson So much is still unknown about Mark Blicavs but what seems certain is he will be a Cat for life.
Michael Gleeson Carlton's next coach will be chosen by a panel including Australia's soccer coach Ange Postecoglou and the club's freshly retired champion Chris Judd.
Michael Gleeson Carlton's Dale Thomas will miss the rest of the season after the Blues announced he will need shoulder surgery.
Michael Gleeson The game was won by one side, lost by another. Someone must be to blame. For every heroic Jack Steven act there had to be a villainous counterpoint.
Michael Gleeson Collingwood was a better team than the one that was in the identical position twelve months at eight wins and three losses but went on to miss the finals, Magpies coach Nathan Buckley said.