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.

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Shifting tides as Dockers and Hawks get ready to clash in grand final rematch

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn in round two fielded a team with just 14 premiership players from last year. Fremantle had 20 of its grand finalists.

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Michael Barlow injury adds to Fremantle's woes for grand final rematch

Fremantle midfielder Michael Barlow has suffered a knee injury.

Michael Gleeson The pendulum swung slightly back to the champion in the grand final after a third key Docker was confirmed to miss Friday night's match at the MCG.

Anderson set to win a grand final recall

Jed Anderson of the Box Hill Hawks marks over the top of Jackson Sheringham of the Cats during the VFL grand final match on Saturday.

Michael Gleeson, Jon Pierik and Brent Diamond As Hawthorn seeks grand final redemption, at least one player will get a reprieve.

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AFL's growing band of religious players

AFL footballers who call on God

Michael Gleeson In a sport that is a religion, many of the players themselves are religious.

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Saints' restructure sees two executives go marching out

Matt Finnis.

Michael Gleeson New St Kilda chief executive Matt Finnis has overhauled the club's executive weeks after starting at the club, axing the roles of the club's chief operating officer Terry Dillon and general manager...

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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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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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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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Bombers ponder Buddy-less Hawks

Essendon's Jake Carlisle shake with Hawthorn's Lance Franklin after the round 18 game between the teams in season 2013.  Franklin kicked eight goals in the Hawks' 143-87 win.

Michael Gleeson Ordinarily in weeks such as these, Essendon's match committee has sat down, looked at the Hawthorn team on the white board and said, ''Oh dear, not again. Franklin, what do we do this time?''

Hawthorn's great escape

Eyes on the ball

Michael Gleeson and Greg Baum Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson was simply happy to get the win, while Essendon's Mark Thompson was almost happy with the loss.

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Shifting tides as Dockers hold ranks

Recovery session

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn in round two fielded a team with just 14 premiership players from last year. Fremantle had 20 of its grand finalists.

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Northern force

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

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Hawks much better placed than last year, says Clarkson

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson shows his appreciation of Luke Hodge after the Hawks' big win over Sydney.

Michael Gleeson and Greg Baum Hawthorn coach says club learnt lessons from last year's grand final defeat.

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Alan Didak, Andrew Krakouer head six Collingwood delistings

Andrew Krakouer

Michael Gleeson, Jon Pierik UPDATE: Andrew Krakouer will look to shift to a new club after he was dumped by Collingwood.

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Magpie denies Bucks war

Collingwood's Scott Pendlebury

Jon Pierik and Michael Gleeson Scott Pendlebury admits Pies "just a middle-of-the-rung side", but denies they need a rebuild.

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Andrew Gowers replaces Jason Dunstall as Hawthorn football director

Andrew Gowers.

Michael Gleeson Former Hawthorn premiership player Andrew Gowers will replace Jason Dunstall on the club's board.

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Hawks in box seat, says Scott

Michael Gleeson Geelong coach says Hawthorn in box seat to break "curse" that has hung over team.

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'No excuses' vows Hawk

Alastair Clarkson.

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn not interested in talk of rivalry or curses, it is simply sick of being beaten by Geelong.

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Burgoyne's little wins are just what are needed on big stage

Hawthorn's Shaun Burgoyne kicks the goal that finally put the Hawks ahead late in the final quarter.

Michael Gleeson They were small moments, as they all are, but they were big in the telling of the game.

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This time, it's Cats left cursing as the Hawks break through

Sore point: Lance Franklin leaves the field.

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn is no longer the Daryl Cullinan to Geelong's Shane Warne.