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

Hawks likely to play Hodge in VFL in round one

Luke Hodge

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn captain still building his training after rehabilitation from injury.

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...

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

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.

AFL

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...

AFL

Leave taggers alone, says former Saint

Nathan Buckley at Collingwood training on Tuesday. He criticised

Michael Gleeson The idea that umpires could effectively crack down on taggers was futile and given all teams had a tagger, critics should stop whingeing, according to one of the more provocative and effective...

AFL

Demon Jack Trengove out for the season

Melbourne's Jack Trengove

Michael Gleeson Melbourne's Jack Trengove is out for the rest of the season after scans on his left foot revealed a crack on his navicular bone.

AFL

Child's play might hold answer to game's woes

Recovery session

Michael Gleeson Raff had a blue wrist band, he was a forward. Xander had a yellow one, he was playing in the midfield. Harry? He got the red wrist band and shuffled down to the backline.

AFL

Nathan Buckley's concern over Marley Williams' emotional state

Pitching in: Marley Williams is likely to play in the VFL this week.

Michael Gleeson Marley Williams appears certain to return to playing football this week, through the VFL with a probable return to the senior side after the team's bye.

AFL

Nathan Buckley's concern over Marley Williams' emotional state

Avoids jail .... Collingwood's Marley Williams.

Michael Gleeson Nathan Buckley harbours concerns about the emotional state of Marley Williams, who is set to play in the VFL on Saturday.

AFL

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...

AFL

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.

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.

AFL

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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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.