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.

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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.

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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...

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High hopes as Hale makes best of life at the Hawks

Dual talent: David Hale is that rare commodity, a forward-ruckman.

Michael Gleeson Had conversations gone only slightly differently David Hale would this week be playing his 200th game ... for Melbourne against GWS. In which case things would have gone very very different for Hale.

AFL

Bombers ponder Buddy-less Hawks

Essendon's Jake Carlisle shake with Hawthorn's Lance Franklin after the round 18 game between the teams in season 2013.  Franklin kicked eight goals in the Hawks' 143-87 win.

Michael Gleeson Ordinarily in weeks such as these, Essendon's match committee has sat down, looked at the Hawthorn team on the white board and said, ''Oh dear, not again. Franklin, what do we do this time?''

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Mature-aged rookie Matt Thomas set to debut for Richmond

Matt Thomas

Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson Mature-aged recruit Matt Thomas is almost assured of joining former Blue Shaun Hampson in making his debut for Richmond in the round-one clash on the Gold Coast on Saturday night.

Collingwood to give Tom Langdon his debut

Tom Langdon.

Michael Gleeson and Jon Pierik Collingwood is almost certain to include first-gamer Tom Langdon for the opening round.

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Nathan Buckley concedes Collingwood were 'slaughtered'

Nathan Buckley

Michael Gleeson Nathan Buckley offers no excuses for Collingwood’s equal poorest goal-kicking since 2007.

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Hawthorn stands behind Dayle Garlett

Dayle Garlett looks ahead during a Hawthorn Hawks training session at Box Hill City Oval.

Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall Hawthorn's players were doing what they could to help teammate Dayle Garlett as he shelves plans to play AFL for the foreseeable future.

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Jack Riewoldt out of Richmond's clash against Collingwood

Jack Riewoldt.

Michael Gleeson Jack Riewoldt is resting a minor quad complaint that will force him to again miss Richmond's Nab Challenge match.

AFL

New Blue up and running

Dale Thomas tackles Jason Porplyzia of the Crows during Monday night's match at Etihad Stadium.

Michael Gleeson Just as his team will play better games, Dale Thomas will play better games for his new club Carlton.

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Stressed Garlett to take break

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn recruit Dayle Garlett will not play football for the foreseeable future after telling the club that he is struggling with the demands of life as an AFL footballer and the adjustment to...

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Nathan Buckley praises umpiring of AFL's first pre-season game

Umpiring.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood coach heartened by relaxed umpiring approach in the year's first match.

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Magpie coach Nathan Buckley pleased with umpiring attitude

Michael Gleeson The relaxed umpiring approach in the opening pre-season game of the year was ''heartening'', said Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley, who urged officials to maintain the more liberal policing of the...

AFL

Paul Seedsman to miss start of season after hip surgery

Collingwood's Paul Seedsman

Michael Gleeson Collingwood defender Paul Seedsman has had hip surgery and will miss the start of the home and away season.

AFL

Top detective Gerry Ryan's appointment to AFL integrity role was 'proactive'

Gerry Ryan

Michael Gleeson The move to appoint a highly ranked detective to lead integrity investigations was not a response to fresh threats to the game from overseas bookmakers or new doping discoveries, the AFL has said.

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St Kilda cuts to shortlist for new coach

Mark Williams

Michael Gleeson St Kilda will interview the final two candidates for the senior coaching job over the next two days.

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Hawks take a chance on Dayle Garlett

Dayle Garlett

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn took the biggest gamble of the draft giving the enormously talented, yet troubled, small forward Dayle Garlett the chance he was denied in last year’s draft.

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The other side of the draft: the man who said no to Collingwood

Jarrad Dalton.

Michael Gleeson When the clubs came knocking, Jarrod Dalton had to make a hard choice.

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Magpies hope on Ball scan

Collingwood's Luke Ball grimaces as he handballs away from Eagle Will Schofield at the MCG on Friday.

Michael Gleeson Acting football manager Rodney Eade confident issue no worse than tightness.