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

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

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

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Adelaide's 'goodwill gesture' costs it draft picks 20 and 54

Adelaide logo

Caroline Wilson and Michael Gleeson Adelaide has taken the extraordinary step of giving up their first two AFL national draft picks as they brace for heavy penalties from the Kurt Tippett saga.

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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.

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 This is not a new statement, nor is it an outdated one.

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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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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.

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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.

Should Carlton let Bryce Gibbs go?

Bryce Gibbs.

Michael Gleeson Bryce Gibbs recently asked to sit down with Carlton to discuss its plans for the future so he could better decide his own plans. Carlton’s prospectus has since changed. So too has Gibbs’.

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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

Collingwood sacks veteran recruiter Noel Judkins

Noel Judkins.

Michael Gleeson A part-time Collingwood recruiter has been sacked for passing on information about players to Essendon.

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Saint Sam Gilbert has foot surgery

St Kilda's Sam Gilbert

Michael Gleeson St Kilda defender Sam Gilbert faces a delayed start to the AFL season after sustaining a foot injury in pre-season training.

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New coach Paul Roos shocked by Demons' scars

Melbourne Coach Paul Roos.

Michael Gleeson Paul Roos was expecting to find some 'scarring' when he arrived at Melbourne. But he was shocked by what he found.

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Magpies take a look at newcomers, Cats pick one new face

Collingwood's Clinton Young.

Michael Gleeson Geelong and Collingwood name their squads for the first NAB Challenge match on Wednesday night.

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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...

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Carlton ruckman Matthew Kreuzer set for surprise early return from injury

Matthew Kreuzer.

Michael Gleeson Carlton ruckman likely to be a surprise inclusion for the club's next NAB Challenge game.

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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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Injured Saints look to the long term

Lenny Hayes.

Michael Gleeson St Kilda's self-administered short-term pain for long-term gain is confronting a sobering early season test with the regenerated side entering its early bellwether matches with a further depleted...

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St Kilda considers Luke Dunstan and Jack Billings for debuts against Melbourne

St Kilda.

Michael Gleeson In the match between the team with no midfield the team with no tall forwards, St Kilda will debut at least one if not two midfielders in the season opener against Melbourne.

Peter Moore hopes son goes to old club Collingwood

Collingwood legend: Peter Moore.

Michael Gleeson Former Collingwood captain and dual Brownlow medallist Peter Moore is hopeful his talented son Darcy follows his footsteps and is taken by his old club.