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.
Michael Gleeson After the party comes the hangover. The festival of the Malthouse ended on Friday night in the most unedifying manner: a side not playing for the coach on the night of his veneration.
Michael Gleeson Essendon have held off an outstanding challenge from St Kilda to win their pulsating AFL match by two points.
Michael Gleeson Michael Malthouse's record-breaking game was also one of his worst describing his side's belting by Collingwood was as disappointing as any in his time at Carlton.
Michael Gleeson This was a memorable game for Michael Malthouse, for his family for Collingwood and for football.
Michael Gleeson Tyrone Vickery will most likely be picked to play for Richmond this week. He kicked four in the VFL last week and Ben Griffiths is out injured.
Claire Siracusa and Michael Gleeson In a blow for Gold Coast, club leaders David Swallow and Nick Malceski will be sidelined for weeks through injury.
Michael Gleeson Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge is keenly aware the helter-skelter pace his hard-working Bulldogs are playing at the moment is unlikely to be sustainable through the whole season and they need...
Michael Gleeson Aaron Vandenberg is a large, strong Melbourne midfielder. He has played four games now, but before Friday night you probably had not heard of him.
Michael Gleeson This was a win for Melbourne that will be deemed an upset, but shouldn't be. This was a loss for Richmond that feels in hindsight painfully predictable.
Michael Gleeson Tim Broomhead can kick a banana. He just won't eat one.
Michael Gleeson One of the many ironies of Cale Hooker is that for someone so loved by Essendon, the club tried to trade him.
Michael Gleeson ASADA will not appeal the AFL anti-doping tribunal's verdicts in relation to the 34 past and present Essendon players and sports scientist Stephen Dank.
Michael Gleeson Stephen Dank will appeal the finding against him by the AFL's Anti-Doping panel, despite not having been a participant in the first hearing.
Michael Gleeson Both Hawthorn and the Western Bulldogs are confronting injury problems to key players for their clash in Launceston on Sunday.
Michael Gleeson Alex Rance is 25, playing the best football of his career and out of contract at the end of the year.
Michael Gleeson The spectre of doing a Melbourne and parading their No. 1 pick as a marketing exercise has hung over every club since the Demons' ill-advised trumpeting of Jack Watts' debut on Queen's Birthday in...
Michael Gleeson Could Geelong's slip off the pace of the league leaders hurt their chances of signing Patrick Dangerfield?
Michael Gleeson This was victory as release more than joy. It was an emotional unburdening and a physical relief that spoke to years of frustration more than a week of disappointment.
Michael Gleeson Grant Birchall has not played a game against another club since the grand final last year, but he may be brought straight back into the Hawthorn side to play Essendon on Saturday.
Michael Gleeson To avoid the cautionary tales of round ones past and all that business about swallows and summer we offer as evidence not one round but four: the last four games that North Melbourne has played.