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'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.

Rubbery situations in last round of season 2014

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Michael Gleeson Collingwood seldom defeats Hawthorn with strong teams and this team is anything but strong.

Hawks emerge from the fog to down Geelong

Jordan Lewis

Michael Gleeson Were you unaware of the history of these teams the transformation from one half of the game to the other would have seemed fanciful.

Boots for Kids campaign reaches outback Papunya

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Michael Gleeson When football came to town, so did the people. Unfortunately when the AFL teams left the town, the people did not.

Injury-hit Collingwood could make seven changes

Walking wounded: Scott Pendlebury (centre) is one of a host of injured Magpies.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood could make at least seven changes for the GWS match

Melbourne requests priority draft pick

The Demons applied to the AFL last year for a priority pick.

Michael Gleeson Melbourne lodges an application with the AFL for consideration for a priority pick.

Melbourne Demons still have a long way to go

Bernie Vince of the Demons is taken to ground by Callan Ward of the Giants at the MCG on Sunday.

Michael Gleeson The most galling thing of Melbourne's limp 10-goal defeat by Greater Western Sydney on Sunday was they were actually trying to win. That has not always been able to be said.

Northern clubs need longer contracts, Jonathan Brown says

Jonathan Brown and his son, Jack, do a lap of honour at the Gabba during the round 15 match between the Lions and North Melbourne on June 28.

Michael Gleeson The clubs in the northern states should be allowed to sign drafted players to minimum three or four-year contracts to overcome the homesickness go-home factor of early seasons according to Brisbane...

Boots for Kids: Cyril Rioli on the bare essentials

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Michael Gleeson Cyril Rioli was 13 when he first wore footy boots. It was after he was picked to play for the Northern Territory in Canberra.

Two games in a day for Magpie Tony Armstrong

Tony Armstrong (right) had a night he will remember.

Michael Gleeson Tony Armstrong played two games for Collingwood in the one day on a bizarre night for the Magpies.

Buckley has never known a game like this

Nathan Buckley at three-quarter-time when the writing was well and truly on the wall.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley could not recall a night as cursed as the miserable one he endured in the team’s loss to the Lions.

Tony Armstrong doubles up as Collingwood struck by injuries

Tony Armstrong

Michael Gleeson In the most extraordinary scenes at the MCG, Collingwood's Tony Armstrong has been required to play two games in a day, after the Magpies lost captain Scott Pendlebury and Ben Reid to injuries...

Injury-hit Magpies prove easy prey for Lions

Dayne Zorko celebrates a goal

Michael Gleeson Collingwood devastated by injuries barely before the game begins then get mauled by Lions at the MCG

Footy boots campaign reaching out to new communities

The Boots for Kids campaign (Thumbnail)

Michael Gleeson More than 10,000 indigenous kids in remote and disadvantaged communities across Australia will be given a pair of donated boots to play sport after the Fairfax Media Boots for Kids campaign has been...

At home or away, the umpire pays no favours

Free to celebrate: Joy for Geelong after a thrilling win against Fremantle at the weekend.

Michael Gleeson Loud, boisterous, braying parochial home crowds in most cases do not influence an umpire’s decisions, according to umpires director Wayne Campbell.

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Dustin Fletcher has played his last game ... for the year

Dustin Fletcher has finished the season on 393 matches.

Michael Gleeson Essendon veteran Dustin Fletcher will not play again this year after agreeing to finger surgery. Whether he plays again is yet to be decided.

Dane Swan set to return for Magpies

Michael Gleeson Collingwood is likely to welcome back Brownlow medallist Dane Swan as one of several changes to the team this week.