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

Bulldogs and Carlton count cost of serious injuries

Michael Gleeson Bulldog Tom Williams and Carlton's Jeremy Laidler seriously injured in pre-season clash.

AFL

Rioli magic takes game from Dons

Cyril Rioli celebrates his match-winning goal.

Michael Gleeson The Hawks had led. They trailed. They had less than a minute to go. They had Cyril Rioli.

AFL

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.

AFL

Paul Roos savages Melbourne players for shocking errors

Demons coach Paul Roos watches his players being outplayed by the Eagles.

Michael Gleeson Paul Roos has begun compiling a dossier of the Melbourne players who can't perform the non-negotiables of football as he forecast savage changes to the team over the coming weeks following their...

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AFL

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.

AFL

Nathan Buckley concedes Collingwood were 'slaughtered'

Nathan Buckley

Michael Gleeson Nathan Buckley offers no excuses for Collingwood’s equal poorest goal-kicking since 2007.

AFL

AIS specialists asked for second opinion on Chris Dawes calf injury

Chris Dawes has been frustrated at his inability to be out on the field.

Michael Gleeson Melbourne forward Chris Dawes has flown to Canberra to be assessed by Australian Institute of Sport specialists for a second opinion on the problems with his calf muscles

AFL

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...

AFL

New Blue up and running

Dale Thomas tackles Jason Porplyzia of the Crows during Monday night's match at Etihad Stadium.

Michael Gleeson Just as his team will play better games, Dale Thomas will play better games for his new club Carlton.

AFL

Magpies take a look at newcomers, Cats pick one new face

Collingwood's Clinton Young.

Michael Gleeson Geelong and Collingwood name their squads for the first NAB Challenge match on Wednesday night.

AFL

Saints aggressive in effort to rebuild

Chris Pelchen.

Michael Gleeson St Kilda defends its aggressive dealing through trade period, saying it had to be bold to fight for access to quality draft picks.

AFL

Betts puts contract talks on hold at Blues

Eddie Betts

Michael Gleeson Carlton forward Eddie Betts has put off contract talks until the end of the season.

AFL

Magpies hope on Ball scan

Collingwood's Luke Ball grimaces as he handballs away from Eagle Will Schofield at the MCG on Friday.

Michael Gleeson Acting football manager Rodney Eade confident issue no worse than tightness.

AFL

Frustration prompts Demon pair to organise altitude trip

Chris Dawes

Michael Gleeson Chris Dawes and Mitch Clark planning their own altitude camp in Arizona.

AFL

Swans face tough path from injury

Swan Rhyce Shaw injures his leg during the first quarter of the game against the Cats.

Michael Gleeson and Andrew Wu Reigning premier Sydney emerges the major loser from the penultimate round.

AFL

What makes the Magpies work?

Jamie Elliott

Michael Gleeson The Magpies are back on the same page, with some fresh (albeit) faces.

AFL

Hawks, with lots in reserve

Hawthorn's Luke Hodge is tackled by Lewis Jetta.

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn takes a big step towards going one better than last year with a 54-point win over Sydney.

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Pies, Dogs in mix for Sydney big man Jesse White

Jesse White

Michael Gleeson Sydney forward Jesse White has told the Swans he wants to be traded to a Victorian club.

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One wrong step puts Crows on the back foot

Taylor Walker

Michael Gleeson Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson may have to overhaul forward set-up.

AFL

Tigers undermanned after losing ruckmen: Hardwick

Michael Gleeson Richmond was initially rattled and ultimately left undermanned and over-run after losing its two ruckmen within minutes of one another, Tigers coach Damien Hardwick said after the 44 point loss to...