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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Sunday night footy: even the AFL stayed at home

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.

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Collingwood gets the better of Carlton before a tiny crowd

Carlton's Mitch Robinson handballs as he is grabbed by Collingwood's Steele Sidebottom.

Michael Gleeson This was a Carlton-Collingwood game, but not as you know it.

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Power forwards in great demand

Recovery session

Michael Gleeson Richmond desperately needs an elite tall forward. This is not a new statement, nor is it an outdated one.

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Victorian clubs scrambling for Kristian Jaksch

Kristian Jaksch (left) and Tom Boyd (right) of the Giants celebrate with teammates after defeating Carlton on Sunday.

Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson Carlton and the Western Bulldogs interested in out of contract Giants key defender.

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Young Melbourne star Jesse Hogan back running and set to pen new two-year deal

Jesse Hogan is set to stay with Melbourne until the end of 2017.

Michael Gleeson In the best news out of Melbourne since Paul Roos signed on and the club started winning games, exciting young power forward Jesse Hogan has returned to running and more importantly is poised to sign...

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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.

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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...

Carlton's Dylan Buckley to have surgery on hand injury

Dylan Buckley.

Michael Gleeson Carlton's Dylan Buckley out for six weeks with hand injury

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Essendon tries to block drug pursuit

Essendon.

Michael Gleeson Essendon take Federal Court action to seek injunction to block ASADA investigation as illegal.

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Show-cause notices no excuse for defeat, say David Zaharakis and Essendon

David Zaharakis celebrates a goal against Melbourne on Sunday.

Michael Gleeson and Emma Quayle The threat of doping bans after the issuing of show-cause notices had nothing to do with Essendon’s loss and the players hated that outsiders would use it as an excuse for their defeat, Bombers...

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Demons hold their nerve to pip Bombers at the post

Jack Viney of the Demons beats the tackle of Paddy Ryder of the Bombers.

Michael Gleeson They came to the MCG uncertain what they would see, the players and faithful alike. They came looking for a signpost, an understanding of what the events of the last week might mean for Essendon.

Eddie McGuire blasts Geelong president Colin Carter as a 'Hall of Fame hypocrite'

Geelong president Colin Carter.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood president Eddie McGuire calls Geelong president Colin Carter a hall of fame hypocrite over equalisation.

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Bombers face tough challenge in Federal Court

Generic QC with legal books.

Michael Gleeson The sweeping nature of the ASADA Act makes Essendon's task of proving the drug body acted illegally a tough argument.

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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.

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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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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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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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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.