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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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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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...

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.

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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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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.

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Time for Tom Lee to make his mark

Recovery session

Michael Gleeson One of the bright lights to emerge in the grim end to last season, the key forward has been desperately needed in a one-dimensional forward line, but has not been sighted.

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Jesse White, Nick Maxwell injured; Steele Sidebottom reported

Nathan Buckley has a quiet word with his players during a break.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood's Jesse White will have x-rays on an injured finger which could require surgery.

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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.

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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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

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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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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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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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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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.

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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...