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.

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Swans were at the top of their game, says Mark Thompson

Michael Gleeson The Swans were exceptional, but won playing a game that is unlikely to be sustained through into September, according to Essendon coach Mark Thompson.

Lance Franklin boots five as Swans down Bombers

Lance Franklin shakes his fist in triumph after kicking a goal as Dustin Fletcher watches.

Michael Gleeson Lance Franklin flexed his muscles and Sydney did the same in an eventful 50-point victory over Essendon.

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For Saints and Tigers it's Riewoldt or bust

Recovery session

Michael Gleeson We need to talk about Riewoldt. Either one, take your pick it doesn't matter which cousin you choose the issue is roughly the same.

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Blues' second term blows Saints away

Carlton and St Kilda players get up close and personal during Monday night's game.

Michael Gleeson Carlton's eight-goal second quarter earns it a gritty 32-point win against St Kilda.

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St Kilda needs to respond to belting

Coach Alan Richardson (left) at a Saints training session at Moorabbin Oval on Sunday.

Michael Gleeson It's about us not them, says Saints coach Alan Richardson ahead of Monday night's clash with Carlton.

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Leigh Montagna says St Kilda will play finals in next few years

Leigh Montagna (centre) trains at Moorabbin Oval on Sunday.

Michael Gleeson St Kilda can mimic Port Adelaide and rapidly regenerate and resurrect from the ladder lower reaches in sharp time, according to Leigh Montagna.

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Sliding Dawes: Demon was nearly a Bulldog

Chris Dawes

Michael Gleeson Had things turned out only slightly differently, Chris Dawes would have been running out this week against Melbourne, not for the Demons.

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The benefit of losing Buddy

Hawks Lance Franklin, Jack Gunston and Paul Puopolo celebrate their 2013 grand final win.

Michael Gleeson Who would they have lost? Would it have been Cyril? What about Jack Gunston?

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Tigers teeter on the brink

Getting physical: Steven Morris and Mathew Stokes.

Michael Gleeson Richmond was encouraged by a change in its attack on the game but was still frustrated to have to content itself with the fact it had lost again – its fifth in seven games as its finals hopes slide.

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Pies rise as Blues and game fall flat

Carlton's Heath Scotland finds himself under pressure.

Michael Gleeson Carlton and Collingwood had all the ingredients, but as a dish it failed to rise.

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Collingwood and Carlton serve up half-baked blockbuster

Michael Gleeson Carlton and Collingwood had all the ingredients, but as a dish it failed to rise.

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AFL ruckmen: overrated players, or overrated position?

The big men fly ... Aaron Sandilands is high on the rankings.

Michael Gleeson Aaron Sandilands might be the most overrated player in football. Or he might just play in the most overrated position.

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Williams may get early recall

Marley Williams

Michael Gleeson Collingwood is considering drafting back pocket Marley Williams into the team after just one VFL game as a replacement for the injured Alex Fasolo.

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Exposing the Tigers' underbelly

Recovery session

Michael Gleeson Five wins and six losses since round 19 last year: that is where Richmond is at. Just another mid-table side that needs things going right.

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Slow Tigers under the pump

Cyril Rioli celebrates a goal in the third quarter.

Michael Gleeson Slow and stilted run, schoolboy errors and the absence of three of its most critical players were behind not only Richmond's belting by Hawthorn on Sunday but its slide from a team that challenged...

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I should have been better early in season, says Anzac Medal recipient Dane Swan

Dane Swan accepts his Anzac Medal for his performance against Essendon.

Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson After winning his second Anzac Medal for his best-afield, four-goal performance, Collingwood's Dane Swan admitted he should have been playing better early in the season.

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Collingwood's best win of year, says Nathan Buckley

Magpie joy: Collingwood players sing the song.

Michael Gleeson Defeating Essendon on Anzac Day after coming from so far behind - and the way they did it - made the win more worthy than Collingwood's other three wins of the season, Magpies coach Nathan Buckley...

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Essendon 'horrible' in parts, says Bomber Thompson

Not much to be cheerful about: Essendon captain Jobe Watson and coach Mark Thompson leave the field after the game.

Michael Gleeson Despite being "horrible" for a long period in its fourth loss of the season, Essendon coach Mark Thompson forecast his side would improve rapidly after weathering the worst period of its draw for the...

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Alex Fasolo injury sours Collingwood comeback

Joe Daniher (left) of the Bombers contests the ball against Alex Fasolo (centre) and Brodie Grundy of the Magpies.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood staged a stunning comeback to win an entertaining Anzac Day but the win came at a cost with Alex Fasolo suffering yet another injury.

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Kevin Sheedy says the answer to AFL problems may be in the wings

Worth trying: Kevin Sheedy.

Michael Gleeson AFL legend and lateral thinker Kevin Sheedy has proposed the AFL borrow from the old VFA style and abandon the wings to play with 16 men on the ground.