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.

AFL Coaches Association All-Australian team: right positions, wrong players?

Michael Gleeson The All-Australian selectors pick a team that plays no one. The coaches pick an All-Australian team that might play anyone.

AFL All-Australian 2015 team: Jack Riewoldt picked ahead of Taylor Walker

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Michael Gleeson Richmond forward Jack Riewoldt has edged out Adelaide captain Taylor Walker as All-Australian centre half forward in one of the few surprises of this year's team of the year.

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AFL finals 2015: Todd Goldstein tipped to rule ruck against Nic Naitanui

North Melbourne's Brent Harvey and Todd Goldstein train at Arden Street on Monday.

Michael Gleeson Simon Madden doesn't believe in coincidence, not when it comes to finals.

AFL finals 2015: Jack Gunston still no certainty for preliminary final

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn's injured leading goalkicker Jack Gunston is a "prospect" to return to play in the preliminary final, but no certainty, with his condition to become clear in the next few days, according to...

AFL finals 2015: Hawthorn thrash Adelaide to set up preliminary final against Fremantle

Hawk David Hale kicks as he is tackled by Scott Thompson of the Crows.

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn issue a warning to the other teams in contention, with a big semi-final win over Adelaide.

AFL finals 2015: North Melbourne's Michael Firrito the survivor

AFL Sherrin

Michael Gleeson Michael Firrito understood exactly where he ranked at the club … he took the spot as the last player on the list.

AFL warns clubs on shady deals

Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall The AFL has written to all clubs warning them about salary cap rorts and under the table deals on the eve of the trading season.

AFL finals 2015: Jarrad Waite on a familiar path

Michael Gleeson Jarrad Waite was a Carlton player so he is unaccustomed to playing finals.

Richmond must recruit to fill gaps in the armoury

No impact: Trent Cotchin and Brett Deledio had a disappointing final.

Michael Gleeson One loss does not render players hopeless, coaches useless or recruiters incompetent.

AFL finals 2015: North Melbourne surge hands Richmond yet another finals loss

Dylan Grimes of the Tigers handballs as he is tackled by Andrew Swallow of the Kangaroos.

Michael Gleeson North Melbourne consigned Richmond to a third straight elimination final loss on Sunday, with the resurgent Roos running over the top of the Tigers to score a 17-point win.

Collingwood injury news: Minor hip surgery for Scott Pendlebury

Scott Pendlebury

Michael Gleeson Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury had minor hip surgery on Friday, the same operation teammate Dane Swan had a fortnight ago after he missed the last game with a knee injury.

Why the Blues have joined Lions in asking for priority picks

AFL Sherrin

Michael Gleeson Carlton, like the Brisbane Lions, have asked for a priority draft pick. Carlton, like Brisbane, know they won't get it.

Lions feeling the Blues as they fight for draft pick two

The Lions also argue that if Matthew Leuenberger were to leave as a free agent they should get picks 2 and 4.

Michael Gleeson Brisbane Lions insist they should keep pick two regardless of any Carlton free agency compensation.

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AFL Trade News: Adam Treloar wants to go to Collingwood

Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall Giants star midfielder Adam Treloar has told the club he wants to be traded to is Collingwood.

Trades galore as Adam Treloar seeks to become a Magpie

Adam Treloar is understood to have received a six-year contract offer of close to $700,000 a year from Collingwood.

Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall Giants star midfielder Adam Treloar has told the club he wants to be traded to Collingwood in a deal that could potentially also include the skilful running player Curtly Hampton moving to the...

Buddy Franklin out indefinitely – Swans' hopes dashed

Taking a break: Swans superstar Lance Franklin will not play against the Dockers this weekend.

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.  

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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...