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

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

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.

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

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

Carlton laments what might have been against Geelong

Blues' captain Marc Murphy ponders his side's narrow defeat

Michael Gleeson Two weeks in a row Carlton has walked darkly from defeat feeling jilted. Feeling denied and abused and like someone else was to blame.

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

Buckley re-signs for two years

Magpies coach Nathan Buckley

Michael Gleeson Collingwood has re-signed its coach Nathan Buckley for a further two years.

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Murphy looks beyond the blue horizon

Carlton captain Marc Murphy

Michael Gleeson Captaincy has not affected Marc Murphy's game, as some critics believe, but it has focused his mindset.

AFL

Lack of match fitness reason for loss, says Malthouse

Mick Malthouse with his team at quarter-time.

Michael Gleeson Lack of match fitness a reason, not an excuse, for Carlton's "very dismal" final-quarter blowout.

AFL

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.

AFL

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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Essendon ready to seek plea deal, leaving Hird to fight personal charges

James Hird

Michael Gleeson Essendon is likely to go it alone from coach James Hird and pursue a plea deal with the AFL on Monday, which will see the Bombers barred from playing in this year's finals, fined heavily and miss two...

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Northern force

Recovery session

Michael Gleeson Which team from outside the top four will be able to take it up to top sides in the finals?

AFL

Toughest yet, but it could have been worse

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Michael Gleeson Set against what happened to Carlton for being a recidivist salary cap cheat, all other club punishments have paled. Until Essendon.

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Ninth, again, an issue for the Tigers

Tigers coach Damien Hardwick

Michael Gleeson The suddenly available finals spot creates issues of its own for Richmond.

AFL

Geelong home final gains support

Simonds Stadium.

Michael Gleeson The idea of Geelong playing a home final seems not just possible but probable.

AFL

Dockers tactic under scrutiny

Nathan Fyfe

Michael Gleeson League investigating ways to prevent teams resting a third of their side in games.

AFL

A result beside the point

Sherrin football

Michael Gleeson Collingwood suffers 11-point defeat and injuries to two key players as North Melbourne wins.

AFL

Magpies all fit and fired up

Nathan Brown

Michael Gleeson Collingwood end last game bullish it has dodged a bullet and is instead left with a selection headache.