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

Geelong hangs on for win against Essendon

Michael Gleeson Steven Motlop's brilliance proved the difference as Geelong rallied in the last term for a pulsating nine-point win over Essendon.

AFL

Essendon coach rues another loss after taking the lead

Essendon's Jake Melksham has a word with his coach Mark Thompson during a break.

Michael Gleeson Essendon coach Mark Thompson has challenged his side's habit - or culture - of only starting to play once it had given up sizeable leads.

AFL

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.

AFL

North's five goals in 10 minutes destroy Demons

Let me through: Todd Goldstein evades an attempted tackle by Demon Lynden Dunn.

Michael Gleeson In a game that spanned two hours it was just 10 minutes of play that was the critical difference. The difference in the contest, in the score and in the class.

AFL

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 This is not a new statement, nor is it an outdated one.

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

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

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.

AFL

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.

AFL

Alex Fasolo injury sours Collingwood comeback

Joe Daniher (left) of the Bombers contests the ball against Alex Fasolo (centre) and Brodie Grundy of the Magpies.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood staged a stunning comeback to win an entertaining Anzac Day but the win came at a cost with Alex Fasolo suffering yet another injury.

AFL

Exposing the Tigers' underbelly

Recovery session

Michael Gleeson Five wins and six losses since round 19 last year: that is where Richmond is at. Just another mid-table side that needs things going right.

AFL

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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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

Tigers teeter on the brink

Getting physical: Steven Morris and Mathew Stokes.

Michael Gleeson Richmond was encouraged by a change in its attack on the game but was still frustrated to have to content itself with the fact it had lost again – its fifth in seven games as its finals hopes slide.

AFL

The benefit of losing Buddy

Hawks Lance Franklin, Jack Gunston and Paul Puopolo celebrate their 2013 grand final win.

Michael Gleeson Who would they have lost? Would it have been Cyril? What about Jack Gunston?

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AFL

Leigh Montagna says St Kilda will play finals in next few years

Leigh Montagna (centre) trains at Moorabbin Oval on Sunday.

Michael Gleeson St Kilda can mimic Port Adelaide and rapidly regenerate and resurrect from the ladder lower reaches in sharp time, according to Leigh Montagna.

AFL

Blues' second term blows Saints away

Carlton and St Kilda players get up close and personal during Monday night's game.

Michael Gleeson Carlton's eight-goal second quarter earns it a gritty 32-point win against St Kilda.

Lance Franklin boots five as Swans down Bombers

Lance Franklin shakes his fist in triumph after kicking a goal as Dustin Fletcher watches.

Michael Gleeson Lance Franklin flexed his muscles and Sydney did the same in an eventful 50-point victory over Essendon.

AFL

Suns get past Saints to register fourth straight win

Saint Lenny Hayes fails to smother a kick from Gary Ablett.

Michael Gleeson Gold Coast's breakout AFL season has continued to gain momentum with a regulation 38-point win over St Kilda on Sunday.