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.

Young Cats make mark in disappointing finals exit

A dejected Tom Hawkins after the narrow loss to North Melbourne.

Michael Gleeson Bitterly disappointed at losing and exiting the finals in straight sets, Chris Scott took some comfort in the fact that when the team was most challenged, it was his young captain and full-forward...

North Melbourne goes into preliminary final brimming with confidence

Brent Harvey grapples with Geelong's Joel Selwood during Friday night's semi-final.

Michael Gleeson North Melbourne goes into its first preliminary final in seven years supremely confident.

Kangaroos pip Cats by six points to enter preliminary final

Geelong's James Kelly is taken down by North's Andrew Swallow.

Michael Gleeson North Melbourne advances to its first preliminary final since 2007 after upsetting Geelong by six points.

Generous donor drops in hundreds of boots for Boots For Kids Campaign

Rob Millar (right) and the Yarra Junior Football League's Shawn Dowling with about 800 pairs of boots.

Michael Gleeson Several years ago Rob Millar at the Kew Rovers Footy Club figured more could be done with the players' boots at the end of the season.

No 'slur' link to Heritier Lumumba's move

Collingwood's Heritier Lumumba, seen here in a tangle with Carlton's Andrejs Everitt, has met Melbourne coach Paul Roos about a move to the Demons.

Michael Gleeson Heritier Lumumba’s likely departure from Collingwood was not a product of him reacting to a perceived gay slur, according to his manager.

Magpies make a pitch for Mitch Clark

Attracting interest: Mitch Clark.

Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall Collingwood is among the clubs interested in Melbourne forward/ruckman Mitch Clark who is understood to favour a fresh start away from the Demons if he is to make his return to AFL football.

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Tigers' season no false dawn despite finals fade-out

Michael Gleeson

Michael Gleeson The season was a success, the finals a failure, Damien Hardwick soberly, bitterly, opined.

Cotchin and Hardwick defend decision to kick into wind

Kicking in the wind: Damien Hardwick.

Michael Gleeson Richmond captain Trent Cotchin and coach Damien Hardwick dismissed the significance of the decision to kick into the wind after winning the toss against Port Adelaide.

An ill-chosen wind, and Tigers are humbled again

Port looked complete, Richmond looked completely outclassed.

Michael Gleeson Within 17 minutes this game was over and with it Richmond's thrillingly resurgent season.

Nathan Gordon brings chaos theory to Richmond Tigers

Nathan Gordon is a player who introduces chaos to order in Richmond's forward line, indeed to football.

Michael Gleeson Nathan Gordon's arrival at the Tigers important to the resurrection late in the season

Hawthorn shows class, while Geelong left to lick its wounds

Hawthorn's Sam Mitchell tries to handball as he is held down by Geelong's George Horlin-Smith.

Michael Gleeson The numbers are now correcting, the ledger changing. Geelong is willing but no longer as able to make good its resolve against Hawthorn.

Melbourne coach Paul Roos sounds out disgruntled Magpie Heritier Lumumba

Heritier Lumumba.

Caroline Wilson, Jon Pierik and Michael Gleeson Paul Roos has been the first AFL coach to sound out disgruntled Magpie Heritier Lumumba after it was revealed Collingwood could trade the 27-year-old.

Heritier Lumumba and Collingwood set to part ways over slur

Staying on: Heritier Lumumba of the Magpies.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood is likely to part ways with premiership player Hertier Lumumba after he criticised the club for not acting on a homophobic slur and after a series of intense discussions in recent weeks...

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Magpie Heritier Lumumba not retired, not quitting

Heritier Lumumba is still happy to be a Pie.

Michael Gleeson Chatter about walk-outs at Collingwood swept the Twittersphere on Tuesday.

Clash jumper irrelevant, says Richmond coach Damien Hardwick

Michael Gleeson Richmond coach Damien Hardwick said he understood Port Adelaide's frustration in being told it could not wear its traditional strip in Sunday's final against Richmond, but felt it was irrelevant to...

Dustin Martin makes giant strides with the Tigers

Richmond's Nathan Gordon and Dustin Martin celebrate victory over Sydney.

Michael Gleeson Dustin Martin almost a Giant, always a Tiger.

Hawthorn's David Hale confident of repeat winning performance against Geelong

David Hale:

Michael Gleeson It might not have changed anything on the ladder, but David Hale walked away encouraged by Hawthorn's win against Geelong 10 days ago.

The convoy of the true believers

The Tigers celebrate their unlikely victory over the Swans.

Michael Gleeson That Richmond managed to win just three games from its their first 13 matches and did not feast on the coach, the president, the boot-studder, the recruiter, or the prized draft pick was notable.

Lake scare as Hawthorn cruises home

Brian Lake leaves the ground along with a trainer after sustaining an injury at the MCG on Friday.

Michael Gleeson This game that meant little threatened to become a match that meant so much for Hawthorn.

Tigers face tough call on Tyrone Vickery

Ty Vickery  and Dustin Martin during a fitness test on Tuesday.

Michael Gleeson Ty Vickery or Ben Griffiths. Tigers face a call for Swans game.