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.

Buddy Franklin out indefinitely – Swans' hopes dashed

Michael Gleeson Sydney already understood they needed to find alternative ways to win than with Buddy carrying them over the line. Now that is a reality and not a tactical preference.  

Sydney's Buddy Franklin not the only focus for coach

Lance Franklin is a big inclusion for Sydney, in more ways than one.

Michael Gleeson Sydney are taking a page out of the Hawks’ book and focusing less on Lance Franklin.

AFL finals preview: Fresher Fremantle Dockers should be too strong for ailing Swans

Nat Fyfe.

Michael Gleeson The greatest certainty of the finals – Fremantle will make changes.

Scott Pendlebury set to be a Pie for life

Set to sign on again: Collingwood skipper Scott Pendlebury.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury is closing on a new long-term deal which will almost certainly tie him to the club for the rest of his career.

AFL Recovery Session: Melbourne should offer Jesse Hogan $15 million contract

Jesse Hogan's contract status means he has no immediate plans to move.

Michael Gleeson Cameron Ling was only half exaggerating when he suggested during Sunday's game that Melbourne should approach Jesse Hogan now – at half-time if need be – with a new 10-year $15 million...

North Melbourne Kangaroos win despite scare from Demons

Shaun Higgins had 31 touches.

Michael Gleeson Some games start surprisingly early. Some teams start surprisingly late. Sunday's game started early, Melbourne were late.

Melbourne's suddenly in-form Jack Watts to face litmus test against North Melbourne

Litmus test: Can Melbourne's Jack Watts continue his good form against the Roos?

Michael Gleeson They only whisper it quietly. Tentatively at first, it is offered almost sheepishly like if it is said too loudly they might jinx the whole thing.

Western Bulldogs a chance for Etihad home final

Home preference: The Dogs could play a final this year at Etihad Stadium.

Michael Gleeson The Western Bulldogs would appear likely to be able to play a final at Etihad Stadium if they maintain their form and hold on to fifth or sixth place and earn the right to host a final.

Essendon coach James Hird sues insurance company for refusing to pay legal bill

James Hird

Mark Russell, Jon Pierik, Michael Gleeson Essendon coach James Hird is suing his insurance company for refusing to pay his legal bill of more than $640,000 over the supplements saga.

West Coast Eagle Scott Selwood still undecided on move to Geelong Cats

Scott Selwood of the Eagles runs the ball from Jesse Lonergan of the Suns .

Michael Gleeson West Coast vice-captain Scott Selwood was far from making a decision on a possible move to Geelong, his manager angrily rejecting claims he had already decided to quit the Eagles.

Collingwood selection mistakes in horror month for Magpies

Costly drop: Some say the Magpies couldn't afford to axe Jesse White.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood made a costly mistake in dropping out-of-form forward Jesse White for what turned out to be a horror loss to Melbourne according to Essendon goalkicker Matthew Lloyd.

Richmond Tigers genuine contenders after win over Hawthorn

Dustin Martin fends off Hawk Ben Stratton.

Michael Gleeson The Tigers are in the top four after hunting then beating the Hawks

Richmond Tigers interested in Carlton's Chris Yarran

In the eye of the Tigers: Carlton's Chris Yarran.

Jake Niall, Michael Gleeson Richmond has expressed interest in Carlton's talented flanker Chris Yarran, who is expected to figure in end of season trade discussions.

Collingwood's Lachie Keeffe, Josh Thomas get infraction notices

Collingwood's Lachie Keeffe.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood players Lachie Keeffe and Josh Thomas have been issued with infraction notices for alleged breaches of the AFL's anti-doping code.

AFL commission trading future draft picks

Potential trade: Adam Treloar of the Giants.

Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Emma Quayle All clubs will be free to trade future draft picks in this year's trade period after the AFL commission approved the move at a meeting Tuesday.

Some jumped, others were pushed, but rewards beckon for the Dogs who remain

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 26: Marcus Bontempelli of the Bulldogs celebrates a goal during the 2015 AFL round 17 match between the Western Bulldogs and the Collingwood Magpies at Etihad Stadium on July 26, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Michael Gleeson, Recovery Session Bob stayed, and surely there should be a reward for the loyal dog, the player who sticks around. There could, unexpectedly, be time yet for Bob to realise football's greatest dream.

Collingwood star Ben Reid very close to senior return

Ben Reid.

Michael Gleeson Long-term injured Collingwood star Ben Reid will come into serious consideration for a return to the senior team this week against Melbourne.

St Kilda Melbourne Saints are better than last year

David Armitage of the Saints tackles Dom Tyson of the Demons.

Michael Gleeson St Kilda had now "probably" surpassed internal pre-season expectations after their comprehensive defeat of Melbourne, coach Alan Richardson said after the Saints solid win over Melbourne in the wet...

Saints down sloppy Demons

The Saints sing the song.

Michael Gleeson It was not pretty, but it was the cleaner side that won when the Saints downed Melbourne by 37 points in the cold and wet at the MCG.

GWS' Adam Treloar likely to leave for Victorian club

Adam Treloar.

Jake Niall, Michael Gleeson Adam Treloar looks increasingly likely to depart Greater Western Sydney and join a Melbourne club.