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.

Clarkson laments 'toxic' environment at Blues as Malthouse meeting looms

Michael Gleeson and Jesse Hogan Reigning premiership coach Alastair Clarkson believes his Carlton counterpart Mick Malthouse is having to coach within a "really toxic and difficult environment" at Carlton, ahead of the beleaguered...

Demons beat Western Bulldogs, return to winners list

Demon Matt Jones is congratulated by teammates after kicking a goal.

Michael Gleeson Melbourne have returned to the AFL winners list in impressive fashion, downing the Western Bulldogs by 39 points at the MCG.

Carlton's Cameron Wood labels criticism of Mick Malthouse 'rude and disgusting'

Mick Malthouse.

Michael Gleeson Criticism of Michael Malthouse as a coach were "rude and disgusting" according to ruckman Cameron Wood in a spirited defence of the coach who brought him to Carlton.

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AFL ponders lowering father-son threshold

The move to further toughen the father-son bidding gained momentum after Essendon drafted Joe Daniher in the 2012 draft with pick No.10.

Caroline Wilson and Michael Gleeson The AFL is considering softening the rules surrounding father-son picks.

WADA wants Essendon case heard in Switzerland

The next phase of the Essendon saga could be heading offshore.

Michael Gleeson The World Anti-Doping Agency has requested the appeal case against the Essendon players be held in Switzerland.

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Fremantle tagger Ryan Crowley 'unwittingly took methadone for back pain'

Ryan Crowley

Michael Gleeson Ryan Crowley unwittingly took methadone given to him for back pain when he failed his drug test.

Recovery Session: New Dog teaches little Dogs big trick

Brett Goodes of the Bulldogs competes for the ball against Aaron Sandilands of the Dockers.

Michael Gleeson In the elimination final of 2009 Essendon crossed the border without a ruckman. Injuries and suspensions left them without a tall bloke to touch the ball first.

Geelong midfielder Mitch Duncan out for three months with broken foot

Mitch Duncan will be absent for three months.

Michael Gleeson Cats midfielder Mitch Duncan will be out for three months after scans revealed he broke his foot in Saturday night's loss. 

Richmond claw back to down Collingwood

Jack Riewoldt (right) of the Tigers leaps for joy after kicking a goal in the final quarter.

Michael Gleeson A quarter can turn a game and a season. The third quarter last week was as bad as Richmond could play, they lost the game and their season was listing.

WADA appeal did not affect our game, says Essendon coach James Hird

A downcast James Hird leaves the field after his team lost to North Melbourne on Friday night.

Larissa Nicholson and Michael Gleeson The World Anti-Doping Agency's decision to appeal against the verdict rendered by the AFL tribunal on the Essendon 2012 supplements program did not in any way affect Essendon's performance against...

Kangaroos down Essendon, questions remain

Martin Gleeson of the Bombers handballs as he is tackled by Ryan Bastinac of the Kangaroos.

Michael Gleeson Another Essendon loss but another with a question mark.

Richo agrees with Richo on big Nick Riewoldt

Nick Riewoldt  and Josh Bruce of the Saints celebrate.

Michael Gleeson The Richardsons agree. Nick Riewoldt is an excellent forward, but he might be better off not playing there. Well, not always.

WADA appeal: a few days of noise, says AFL

AFL

Michael Gleeson The WADA decision to appeal the Essendon case would provide "a couple of days' noise" before the focus returned to the field according to league boss Gill McLachlan.

Skill errors disturb players and coaches alike

Travis Cloke has been the subject of more psychoanalysis than Woody Allen.

Michael Gleeson Pop quiz. Who said it? 

Geelong captain Joel Selwood's hand not broken

Joel Selwood.

Michael Gleeson Geelong captain Joel Selwood has not broken his hand with scans confirming the best outcome for the tough onballer who now expects to be fit to take o he Swans this week.

Melbourne coach Paul Roos admits pressure on Jack Watts

Melbourne coach Paul Roos speaks to his players during a break.

Michael Gleeson Pleased for small mercies Melbourne coach Paul Roos was encouraged that his side avoided a 100 point loss with a second half rally that suggested his team was "miles better" than in last week's...

Isaac Heeney injured as Swans sail to win over Demons

Swans Josh Kennedy and Daniel Hannebery congratulate Adam Goodes after he kicked a goal at the MCG on Saturday night.

Michael Gleeson On a day of upsets the only upset Melbourne could manage was to dismay their fans that they could not go where the Saints and Giants encouraged them to follow.

Cats doing handstands

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 08:  Tom Lonergan of the Cats is chaired from the field after playing his 150th match during the round six AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Geelong Cats at Melbourne Cricket Ground on May 8, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Michael Gleeson  Young Cats and old, the pieces fell into place for Geelong. Cory Gregson, champion national gymnast turned goal sneak.

Flying the flag is 'crap': Roos coach

Scott said Hodge 'offered an apology that was accepted. It was largely out of character.'

Larissa Nicholson, Jon Pierik and Michael Gleeson To throw punches on the football field is cowardly, but to "fly the flag" for a teammate was "crap", North Melbourne coach Brad Scott said on Wednesday.

Lions coach Justin Leppitsch in physical clash with rookie Zac O'Brien

Brisbane Lions coach Justin Leppitsch.

Michael Gleeson Brisbane Lions coach Justin Leppitsch has been involved in a physical clash with a young player at a seconds game at the weekend.

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