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.

Melbourne requests priority draft pick

Michael Gleeson Melbourne lodges an application with the AFL for consideration for a priority pick.

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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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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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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...

Melbourne Demons still have a long way to go

Bernie Vince of the Demons is taken to ground by Callan Ward of the Giants at the MCG on Sunday.

Michael Gleeson The most galling thing of Melbourne's limp 10-goal defeat by Greater Western Sydney on Sunday was they were actually trying to win. That has not always been able to be said.

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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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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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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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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Pies docked and decked in first round

Got you: Collingwood’s Brent Macaffer wraps up Docker big man Aaron Sandilands.

Michael Gleeson Despite some big talk from the Collingwood chief Gary Pert, the Pies were simply not up to the task, losing by a whopping 70 points.

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Carlton's window of opportunity anything but clear

Carlton players leave the field after losing to Port Adelaide on Sunday.

Michael Gleeson Losing to Port could not be the sound of a premiership window closing when it hadn't yet opened.

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Garlett quits Hawks

Hawthorn tried to buy some time with Dayle Garlett by giving him a break from playing and allowing him to train without the pressure to perform.

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn's decision to punt on the talented but troubled Dayle Garlett is over, with the youngster walking away from the demands of AFL life.

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Bryce Gibbs: should he stay or go?

Bryce Gibbs

Michael Gleeson Bryce Gibbs was once a coveted urgent re-signing, but Carlton should now pause to consider.

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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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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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...