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.

AFL

Essendon coach rues another loss after taking the lead

Michael Gleeson Essendon coach Mark Thompson has challenged his side's habit - or culture - of only starting to play once it had given up sizeable leads.

AFL

Geelong hangs on for win against Essendon

Essendon's Paul Chapman grabs hold of his fomer teammate, Cat Joel Selwood, during the round 15 game at Etihad Stadium on Friday.

Michael Gleeson Steven Motlop's brilliance proved the difference as Geelong rallied in the last term for a pulsating nine-point win over Essendon.

AFL

Victorian clubs scrambling for Kristian Jaksch

Kristian Jaksch (left) and Tom Boyd (right) of the Giants celebrate with teammates after defeating Carlton on Sunday.

Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson Carlton and the Western Bulldogs interested in out of contract Giants key defender.

AFL

Power forwards in great demand

Recovery session

Michael Gleeson Richmond desperately needs an elite tall forward. This is not a new statement, nor is it an outdated one.

AFL

North's five goals in 10 minutes destroy Demons

Let me through: Todd Goldstein evades an attempted tackle by Demon Lynden Dunn.

Michael Gleeson In a game that spanned two hours it was just 10 minutes of play that was the critical difference. The difference in the contest, in the score and in the class.

AFL

Why the Hawks have the wood on Collingwood

Hard-pressed: Hawthorn players, at training on Friday, have stretched Collingwood for years.

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn's approach to games against Collingwood in recent years has been something akin to Shane Warne bowling to Daryll Cullinan. Warne wished he could do it for a career.

AFL

Young Melbourne star Jesse Hogan back running and set to pen new two-year deal

Jesse Hogan is set to stay with Melbourne until the end of 2017.

Michael Gleeson In the best news out of Melbourne since Paul Roos signed on and the club started winning games, exciting young power forward Jesse Hogan has returned to running and more importantly is poised to sign...

AFL

Bombers face tough challenge in Federal Court

Generic QC with legal books.

Michael Gleeson The sweeping nature of the ASADA Act makes Essendon's task of proving the drug body acted illegally a tough argument.

Eddie McGuire blasts Geelong president Colin Carter as a 'Hall of Fame hypocrite'

Geelong president Colin Carter.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood president Eddie McGuire calls Geelong president Colin Carter a hall of fame hypocrite over equalisation.

AFL

Little Libba is already standing tall among the midfielders

Recovery session

Michael Gleeson In the last five rounds Tom Liberatore has equalled Gary Ablett for effectiveness.

AFL

Show-cause notices no excuse for defeat, say David Zaharakis and Essendon

David Zaharakis celebrates a goal against Melbourne on Sunday.

Michael Gleeson and Emma Quayle The threat of doping bans after the issuing of show-cause notices had nothing to do with Essendon’s loss and the players hated that outsiders would use it as an excuse for their defeat, Bombers...

AFL

Demons hold their nerve to pip Bombers at the post

Jack Viney of the Demons beats the tackle of Paddy Ryder of the Bombers.

Michael Gleeson They came to the MCG uncertain what they would see, the players and faithful alike. They came looking for a signpost, an understanding of what the events of the last week might mean for Essendon.

AFL

Essendon tries to block drug pursuit

Essendon.

Michael Gleeson Essendon take Federal Court action to seek injunction to block ASADA investigation as illegal.

Carlton's Dylan Buckley to have surgery on hand injury

Dylan Buckley.

Michael Gleeson Carlton's Dylan Buckley out for six weeks with hand injury

AFL

Umpires - Don't blame us for your game

Michael Gleeson AFL director of umpiring Wayne Campbell says uncontested play, not poor umpiring, was the reason for the low number of free kicks during the tedious Queen's Birthday match between Collingwood and...

AFL

Jack Frost and Chris Dawes: opponents who embody list overhaul at Collingwood

Jack Frost tangles with Dom Tyson of Melbourne.

Michael Gleeson Chris Dawes and Jack Frost had never met. They shared a link and suddenly a place on the MCG, but they did not know one another.

Dour Dees force Pies to slug it out

Michael Gleeson The first stage of Paul Roos' reconstruction of Melbourne was to ensure the Demons were never out of games. This he has achieved in part. The next stage is to get the side into games.

AFL

Collingwood downs Demons in Queen's Birthday clash

Scott Pendlebury was workmanlike, but possibly the best player on the ground.

Michael Gleeson The first stage of Paul Roos' reconstruction of Melbourne was to ensure the Demons were never out of games. This he has achieved in part. The next stage is to get the side into games.

AFL

Carlton laments what might have been against Geelong

Blues' captain Marc Murphy ponders his side's narrow defeat

Michael Gleeson Two weeks in a row Carlton has walked darkly from defeat feeling jilted. Feeling denied and abused and like someone else was to blame.

AFL

Blues' blue: wardrobe malfunction sees Carlton in wrong shorts

Carlton players walk out in white shorts when they should have been wearing blue shorts instead.

Michael Gleeson Only minutes before Friday night’s AFL game was to start, commence the Carlton players were hastily changing shorts in the race under the stand at Etihad Stadium.