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

Ross Lyon says umpires partly to blame for congestion

The Fremantle coach has been particularly concerned about the relaxation of the copping of arms in a contest.

Michael Gleeson Ross Lyon, the coach whose sides have often been accused of contributing to ugly play, has sheeted home some of the blame for unsightly congestion to the umpires.

AFL

Umpires - Don't blame us for your game

Michael Gleeson AFL director of umpiring Wayne Campbell says uncontested play, not poor umpiring, was the reason for the low number of free kicks during the tedious Queen's Birthday match between Collingwood and...

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.

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.

At home or away, the umpire pays no favours

Free to celebrate: Joy for Geelong after a thrilling win against Fremantle at the weekend.

Michael Gleeson Loud, boisterous, braying parochial home crowds in most cases do not influence an umpire’s decisions, according to umpires director Wayne Campbell.

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Injury-hit Magpies prove easy prey for Lions

Dayne Zorko celebrates a goal

Michael Gleeson Collingwood devastated by injuries barely before the game begins then get mauled by Lions at the MCG

Hawks emerge from the fog to down Geelong

Jordan Lewis

Michael Gleeson Were you unaware of the history of these teams the transformation from one half of the game to the other would have seemed fanciful.

AFL

Geelong hangs on for win against Essendon

Essendon's Paul Chapman grabs hold of his fomer teammate, Cat Joel Selwood, during the round 15 game at Etihad Stadium on Friday.

Michael Gleeson Steven Motlop's brilliance proved the difference as Geelong rallied in the last term for a pulsating nine-point win over Essendon.

AFL

Collingwood gets the better of Carlton before a tiny crowd

Carlton's Mitch Robinson handballs as he is grabbed by Collingwood's Steele Sidebottom.

Michael Gleeson This was a Carlton-Collingwood game, but not as you know it.

AFL

North's five goals in 10 minutes destroy Demons

Let me through: Todd Goldstein evades an attempted tackle by Demon Lynden Dunn.

Michael Gleeson In a game that spanned two hours it was just 10 minutes of play that was the critical difference. The difference in the contest, in the score and in the class.

AFL

Child's play might hold answer to game's woes

Recovery session

Michael Gleeson Raff had a blue wrist band, he was a forward. Xander had a yellow one, he was playing in the midfield. Harry? He got the red wrist band and shuffled down to the backline.

AFL

Pies rise as Blues and game fall flat

Carlton's Heath Scotland finds himself under pressure.

Michael Gleeson Carlton and Collingwood had all the ingredients, but as a dish it failed to rise.

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AFL

Blues' second term blows Saints away

Carlton and St Kilda players get up close and personal during Monday night's game.

Michael Gleeson Carlton's eight-goal second quarter earns it a gritty 32-point win against St Kilda.

Lance Franklin boots five as Swans down Bombers

Lance Franklin shakes his fist in triumph after kicking a goal as Dustin Fletcher watches.

Michael Gleeson Lance Franklin flexed his muscles and Sydney did the same in an eventful 50-point victory over Essendon.

AFL

Suns get past Saints to register fourth straight win

Saint Lenny Hayes fails to smother a kick from Gary Ablett.

Michael Gleeson Gold Coast's breakout AFL season has continued to gain momentum with a regulation 38-point win over St Kilda on Sunday.

AFL

Duty of care has been bumped

Recovery session

Michael Gleeson AFL football operations manager Mark Evans must act on bump rules with the match review panel.

AFL

Carlton holds out Adelaide for narrow win

Eddie Betts celebrates a fourth-quarter goal.

Michael Gleeson Carlton has withstood a late flourish from former Blue Eddie Betts to record a tense five-point win over Adelaide at the MCG.

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

Demons in massive loss to Eagles

Josh Kennedy of the Eagles

Michael Gleeson In the first term Melbourne failed to get a centre hit out, they failed to get a centre clearance. they failed to get a goal.

AFL

Adelaide smashes St Kilda

Scott Thompson of the Crows handballs during the match against St Kilda.

Michael Gleeson St Kilda suffers the sort of loss that had been forecast to be its lot this year.