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.

Dustin Martin makes giant strides with the Tigers

Michael Gleeson Dustin Martin almost a Giant, always a Tiger.

Boots for Kids campaign reaches outback Papunya

boots for kids

Michael Gleeson When football came to town, so did the people. Unfortunately when the AFL teams left the town, the people did not.

Tigers face tough call on Tyrone Vickery

Ty Vickery  and Dustin Martin during a fitness test on Tuesday.

Michael Gleeson Ty Vickery or Ben Griffiths. Tigers face a call for Swans game.

Dane Swan set to return for Magpies

Michael Gleeson Collingwood is likely to welcome back Brownlow medallist Dane Swan as one of several changes to the team this week.

Tony Armstrong doubles up as Collingwood struck by injuries

Tony Armstrong

Michael Gleeson In the most extraordinary scenes at the MCG, Collingwood's Tony Armstrong has been required to play two games in a day, after the Magpies lost captain Scott Pendlebury and Ben Reid to injuries...

Two games in a day for Magpie Tony Armstrong

Tony Armstrong (right) had a night he will remember.

Michael Gleeson Tony Armstrong played two games for Collingwood in the one day on a bizarre night for the Magpies.

Buckley has never known a game like this

Nathan Buckley at three-quarter-time when the writing was well and truly on the wall.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley could not recall a night as cursed as the miserable one he endured in the team’s loss to the Lions.

Injury-hit Magpies prove easy prey for Lions

Dayne Zorko celebrates a goal

Michael Gleeson Collingwood devastated by injuries barely before the game begins then get mauled by Lions at the MCG

Northern clubs need longer contracts, Jonathan Brown says

Jonathan Brown and his son, Jack, do a lap of honour at the Gabba during the round 15 match between the Lions and North Melbourne on June 28.

Michael Gleeson The clubs in the northern states should be allowed to sign drafted players to minimum three or four-year contracts to overcome the homesickness go-home factor of early seasons according to Brisbane...

Melbourne Demons still have a long way to go

Bernie Vince of the Demons is taken to ground by Callan Ward of the Giants at the MCG on Sunday.

Michael Gleeson The most galling thing of Melbourne's limp 10-goal defeat by Greater Western Sydney on Sunday was they were actually trying to win. That has not always been able to be said.

Boots for Kids: Cyril Rioli on the bare essentials

boots for kids

Michael Gleeson Cyril Rioli was 13 when he first wore footy boots. It was after he was picked to play for the Northern Territory in Canberra.

Melbourne requests priority draft pick

The Demons applied to the AFL last year for a priority pick.

Michael Gleeson Melbourne lodges an application with the AFL for consideration for a priority pick.

Injury-hit Collingwood could make seven changes

Walking wounded: Scott Pendlebury (centre) is one of a host of injured Magpies.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood could make at least seven changes for the GWS match

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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Blues' blue: wardrobe malfunction sees Carlton in wrong shorts

Carlton players walk out in white shorts when they should have been wearing blue shorts instead.

Michael Gleeson Only minutes before Friday night’s AFL game was to start, commence the Carlton players were hastily changing shorts in the race under the stand at Etihad Stadium.

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Collingwood downs Demons in Queen's Birthday clash

Scott Pendlebury was workmanlike, but possibly the best player on the ground.

Michael Gleeson The first stage of Paul Roos' reconstruction of Melbourne was to ensure the Demons were never out of games. This he has achieved in part. The next stage is to get the side into games.

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Jack Frost and Chris Dawes: opponents who embody list overhaul at Collingwood

Jack Frost tangles with Dom Tyson of Melbourne.

Michael Gleeson Chris Dawes and Jack Frost had never met. They shared a link and suddenly a place on the MCG, but they did not know one another.

AFL

Umpires - Don't blame us for your game

Michael Gleeson AFL director of umpiring Wayne Campbell says uncontested play, not poor umpiring, was the reason for the low number of free kicks during the tedious Queen's Birthday match between Collingwood and...

AFL

Sunday night footy: even the AFL stayed at home

There were plenty of vacant seats at the MCG on Sunday as the Pies played the Blues.

Michael Gleeson Jacques Merkus was pilloried when the outsider assumed control of a new Colonial Stadium and condescendingly warned football fans they had to learn to do things differently.

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The Witt of Buckley

Still learning: Magpie ruckman Jarrod Witts is from a rugby background.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood has tall players who play well as small men and small men who are big men in little bodies.