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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Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says he's getting stronger by the day

Alastair Clarkson.

Michael Gleeson Alastair Clarkson has emerged from his sick bed to post a video message to Hawthorn fans saying he feels stronger by the day and is nearing a return to the club in the “not too distant...

AFL

Facebook, fans and footy: How relevant is your club?

The Western Bulldogs have become invisible.

Michael Gleeson When big AFL clubs are successful they appear even bigger again. When those clubs are not winning they somehow still seem to appear almost as big and interesting.

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A winter tale of woe has put the AFL to the sauce

Recovery session

Michael Gleeson The AFL has spent much of this year nodding sagely about the awful impost on fans of steepling prices for pies, chips and beer at games.

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Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson to miss at least another month

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson.

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has left hospital and will recuperate at home.

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Hawthorn holds out plucky Giants

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 01:  Ryan Schoenmakers of the Hawks is tackled by Jacob Townsend  and Devon Smith of the Giants during the round 11 AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 1, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.

Michael Gleeson Brendon Bolton's first game as coach turns out to be a success.

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Jesse White, Nick Maxwell injured; Steele Sidebottom reported

Nathan Buckley has a quiet word with his players during a break.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood's Jesse White will have x-rays on an injured finger which could require surgery.

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Collingwood takes third spot with big win over St Kilda

Steele Sidebottom of the Magpies handballs as he tackled by Josh Bruce of the Saints.

Michael Gleeson Travis Cloke found form, Nick Maxwell hurt his calf and Steele Sidebottom was reported as Collingwood climbed back into the AFL's top four with a 86-point win over St Kilda.

AFL

Frustrations of an inconsistent Chris Yarran are fading fast

New focus: Chris Yarran is determined to be more involved.

Michael Gleeson Yarran admits he has faded in and out of games and lost concentration. But he feels he is finally putting four quarters together.

AFL

Time for Tom Lee to make his mark

Recovery session

Michael Gleeson One of the bright lights to emerge in the grim end to last season, the key forward has been desperately needed in a one-dimensional forward line, but has not been sighted.

AFL

Saints' restructure sees two executives go marching out

Matt Finnis.

Michael Gleeson New St Kilda chief executive Matt Finnis has overhauled the club's executive weeks after starting at the club, axing the roles of the club's chief operating officer Terry Dillon and general manager...

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Carlton holds out Adelaide for narrow win

Eddie Betts celebrates a fourth-quarter goal.

Michael Gleeson Carlton has withstood a late flourish from former Blue Eddie Betts to record a tense five-point win over Adelaide at the MCG.

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AFL's growing band of religious players

AFL footballers who call on God

Michael Gleeson In a sport that is a religion, many of the players themselves are religious.

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Duty of care has been bumped

Recovery session

Michael Gleeson AFL football operations manager Mark Evans must act on bump rules with the match review panel.

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Tigers need to get confidence back, says club chief Brendon Gale

Richmond chief executive Brendon Gale.

Michael Gleeson Richmond players are playing tentative football completely lacking in confidence, according to club chief executive Brendon Gale.

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Suns get past Saints to register fourth straight win

Saint Lenny Hayes fails to smother a kick from Gary Ablett.

Michael Gleeson Gold Coast's breakout AFL season has continued to gain momentum with a regulation 38-point win over St Kilda on Sunday.

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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.

AFL

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.

AFL

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.

AFL

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.