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.

Hawthorn may face battle to re-sign Schoenmakers

Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall Hawthorn is facing a fight to keep popular forward Ryan Schoenmakers with clubs including the Sydney Swans already circling the key forward.

AFL grand final: a triumph of patience and planning

Ryan Schoenmakers celebrates with the premiership cup.

Michael Gleeson This was an historic triumph. It was a triumph of patience and planning, of execution and invention. It was a triumph of the whipping (new) boy.

AFL grand final 2015: Hawthorn's Taylor Duryea – the man they couldn't ignore

Taylor Duryea is that sort of player who takes a long time to be an overnight success.

Michael Gleeson Alastair Clarkson bent his own rules to fit Taylor Duryea into last year's grand final.

AFL rejects priority picks for Carlton and Brisbane

Wooden spooners: Andrew Carrazzo and David Ellard lead the Blues off the field after round 23

Michael Gleeson Being bad is not a good enough reason for Carlton and Brisbane to receive priority draft picks, the AFL Commission has ruled.

AFL grand final 2015: John Worsfold says Eagles must stop Hawks' mission

John Worsfold says a team that is only just entering its peak years confronts a mature Hawthorn riding on a sense of history.

Michael Gleeson West Coast's biggest task will be to overcome Hawthorn's sense of mission in driving to a three-peat flag, according to the man who helped construct this rebuilt Eagles team.

AFL grand final 2015: How far back do we look to pick the winner?

Michael Gleeson Looking back normally helps you look forward. Except when driving, playing golf or picking who will win a grand final.

AFL grand final 2015: Hawks learned lesson from loss to Eagles

Learning experience: Luke Hodge leads the Hawks off the field after the qualifying final defeat to West Coast

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn learned nothing from their loss to West Coast a fortnight ago. At least nothing they didn't know already, according to premiership player Brad Sewell.

Matthew Kreuzer re-signs with Blues, Jake Melksham walks out on Bombers

Michael Gleeson and Jon Pierik After testing the water for a move to Collingwood, Carlton free agent Matthew Kreuzer has re-signed to remain at the Blues.

Top-10 pick Nathan Freeman quits Collingwood without playing a game

Remember when: Matt Sharenberg and Nathan Freeman after they were drafted in 2013.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood top-10 pick Nathan Freeman has walked out on the club after two years, without playing a single senior game.

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AFL Coaches Association All-Australian team: right positions, wrong players?

Western Bulldogs' Bob Murphy is captain of the All-Australian side.

Michael Gleeson The All-Australian selectors pick a team that plays no one. The coaches pick an All-Australian team that might play anyone.

AFL All-Australian 2015 team: Jack Riewoldt picked ahead of Taylor Walker


Michael Gleeson Richmond forward Jack Riewoldt has edged out Adelaide captain Taylor Walker as All-Australian centre half forward in one of the few surprises of this year's team of the year.

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AFL finals 2015: Todd Goldstein tipped to rule ruck against Nic Naitanui

North Melbourne's Brent Harvey and Todd Goldstein train at Arden Street on Monday.

Michael Gleeson Simon Madden doesn't believe in coincidence, not when it comes to finals.

AFL finals 2015: Jack Gunston still no certainty for preliminary final

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn's injured leading goalkicker Jack Gunston is a "prospect" to return to play in the preliminary final, but no certainty, with his condition to become clear in the next few days, according to...

AFL finals 2015: Hawthorn thrash Adelaide to set up preliminary final against Fremantle

Hawk David Hale kicks as he is tackled by Scott Thompson of the Crows.

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn issue a warning to the other teams in contention, with a big semi-final win over Adelaide.

AFL finals 2015: North Melbourne's Michael Firrito the survivor

AFL Sherrin

Michael Gleeson Michael Firrito understood exactly where he ranked at the club … he took the spot as the last player on the list.

AFL warns clubs on shady deals

Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall The AFL has written to all clubs warning them about salary cap rorts and under the table deals on the eve of the trading season.

AFL finals 2015: Jarrad Waite on a familiar path

Michael Gleeson Jarrad Waite was a Carlton player so he is unaccustomed to playing finals.

Richmond must recruit to fill gaps in the armoury

No impact: Trent Cotchin and Brett Deledio had a disappointing final.

Michael Gleeson One loss does not render players hopeless, coaches useless or recruiters incompetent.

AFL finals 2015: North Melbourne surge hands Richmond yet another finals loss

Dylan Grimes of the Tigers handballs as he is tackled by Andrew Swallow of the Kangaroos.

Michael Gleeson North Melbourne consigned Richmond to a third straight elimination final loss on Sunday, with the resurgent Roos running over the top of the Tigers to score a 17-point win.

Collingwood injury news: Minor hip surgery for Scott Pendlebury

Scott Pendlebury

Michael Gleeson Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury had minor hip surgery on Friday, the same operation teammate Dane Swan had a fortnight ago after he missed the last game with a knee injury.