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.

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

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

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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St Kilda CEO Michael Nettlefold quits

Michael Nettlefold

Michael Gleeson St Kilda chief executive Michael Nettlefold has quit the club after a four year tenure.

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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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Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson parts with manager Liam Pickering

Alastair Clarkson.

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn premiership coach parts ways with Liam Pickering in the wake of the Lance Franklin move from the Hawks.

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Where now for Buddy?

Michael Gleeson

Michael Gleeson This final was a must win for this team, which had tasted the bitterness of defeat last year.

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Lions out of hunt for Martin

Sam Lienert and Michael Gleeson Brisbane Lions have joined the list of clubs to rule out recruiting Richmond star Dustin Martin.

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The building of a machine

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Michael Gleeson Mark Evans wandered smiling onto the MCG, not quite sure where to put himself.

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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.

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.