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.

Young Cats make mark in disappointing finals exit

A dejected Tom Hawkins after the narrow loss to North Melbourne.

Michael Gleeson Bitterly disappointed at losing and exiting the finals in straight sets, Chris Scott took some comfort in the fact that when the team was most challenged, it was his young captain and full-forward...

Tigers' season no false dawn despite finals fade-out

Michael Gleeson

Michael Gleeson The season was a success, the finals a failure, Damien Hardwick soberly, bitterly, opined.

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

Surgery for Thomas in finals bid

On the table: Dale Thomas is going back under the knife.

Michael Gleeson Seemingly innocuous kick to ankle forces Magpie into second round of surgery in six months.

Cyril slam dunks his way to a third flag

Cyril Rioli with a fledgling fan.

Michael Gleeson Ordinarily when players are coming back from injury trying to make a grand final, it is the coach who needs convincing. Not at Hawthorn. Not with Cyril.

Paddy Ryder to meet Ken Hinkley as AFL trade intrigue begins

Paddy Ryder.

Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall It was the talk before the trades with all but two AFL clubs gathering at the Westpac Centre on Tuesday to informally begin discussions on the month ahead.

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Kangaroos pip Cats by six points to enter preliminary final

Geelong's James Kelly is taken down by North's Andrew Swallow.

Michael Gleeson North Melbourne advances to its first preliminary final since 2007 after upsetting Geelong by six points.

Free agent James Frawley fields big offers

Likely to move: James Frawley.

Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall Sought-after Melbourne free agent James Frawley has spent the weekend in Perth meeting the Dockers.

North Melbourne goes into preliminary final brimming with confidence

Brent Harvey grapples with Geelong's Joel Selwood during Friday night's semi-final.

Michael Gleeson North Melbourne goes into its first preliminary final in seven years supremely confident.

Hawks pair Cyril Rioli and Brad Sewell not ruled out for grand final start

Brad Sewell remains a chance to play in the AFL Grand Final should Hawthorn qualify.

Michael Gleeson Cyril Rioli and Brad Sewell could yet play in the grand final if the Hawks make it, Alastair Clarkson said.

Why North Melbourne didn't go north - and hasn't gone south

Kangaroos fans show their support as players head out during a North Melbourne training session at the Arden Street Ground on Thursday.

Michael Gleeson When North Melbourne chose to be Kangaroos known for shinbones not white shoes, who lived in Arden Street not Carrara they made a decision in the knowledge they would be a smaller club.

Tigers face tough call on Tyrone Vickery

Ty Vickery  and Dustin Martin during a fitness test on Tuesday.

Michael Gleeson Ty Vickery or Ben Griffiths. Tigers face a call for Swans game.

Lake scare as Hawthorn cruises home

Brian Lake leaves the ground along with a trainer after sustaining an injury at the MCG on Friday.

Michael Gleeson This game that meant little threatened to become a match that meant so much for Hawthorn.

Hawthorn's David Hale confident of repeat winning performance against Geelong

David Hale:

Michael Gleeson It might not have changed anything on the ladder, but David Hale walked away encouraged by Hawthorn's win against Geelong 10 days ago.

The convoy of the true believers

The Tigers celebrate their unlikely victory over the Swans.

Michael Gleeson That Richmond managed to win just three games from its their first 13 matches and did not feast on the coach, the president, the boot-studder, the recruiter, or the prized draft pick was notable.

Clash jumper irrelevant, says Richmond coach Damien Hardwick

Michael Gleeson Richmond coach Damien Hardwick said he understood Port Adelaide's frustration in being told it could not wear its traditional strip in Sunday's final against Richmond, but felt it was irrelevant to...

Hawthorn shows class, while Geelong left to lick its wounds

Hawthorn's Sam Mitchell tries to handball as he is held down by Geelong's George Horlin-Smith.

Michael Gleeson The numbers are now correcting, the ledger changing. Geelong is willing but no longer as able to make good its resolve against Hawthorn.

An ill-chosen wind, and Tigers are humbled again

Port looked complete, Richmond looked completely outclassed.

Michael Gleeson Within 17 minutes this game was over and with it Richmond's thrillingly resurgent season.

Melbourne requests priority draft pick

The Demons applied to the AFL last year for a priority pick.

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

Rubbery situations in last round of season 2014

Michael Gleeson dinkus Dinkus

Michael Gleeson Collingwood seldom defeats Hawthorn with strong teams and this team is anything but strong.