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

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson to miss at least another month

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has left hospital and will recuperate at home.

AFL

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says he's getting stronger by the day

Alastair Clarkson.

Michael Gleeson Alastair Clarkson has emerged from his sick bed to post a video message to Hawthorn fans saying he feels stronger by the day and is nearing a return to the club in the “not too distant...

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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.

I'm ready to coach, Brendon Bolton says

Teamwork: Alastair Clarkson and Brendon Bolton hold the 2014 premiership cup aloft.

Michael Gleeson With Adelaide looking for a new coach and Gold Coast appearing likely to be in need of a new coach the man who took over Hawthorn during Alastair Clarkson’s illness said he was keen to talk to...

Cyril slam dunks his way to a third flag

Cyril Rioli with a fledgling fan.

Michael Gleeson Ordinarily when players are coming back from injury trying to make a grand final, it is the coach who needs convincing. Not at Hawthorn. Not with Cyril.

Close call with Port raises questions for Hawks

Waiting game: Will Brad Sewell return to Hawthorn's side for the grand final?

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn hurt by space and run. Does Brad Sewell come in against the bigger bodied Sydney Swans? What about Ben McEvoy for Jon Ceglar?

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

Brad Sewell remains a chance to play in the AFL Grand Final should Hawthorn qualify.

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

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.

Rubbery situations in last round of season 2014

Michael Gleeson dinkus Dinkus

Michael Gleeson Collingwood seldom defeats Hawthorn with strong teams and this team is anything but strong.

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

Slow Tigers under the pump

Cyril Rioli celebrates a goal in the third quarter.

Michael Gleeson Slow and stilted run, schoolboy errors and the absence of three of its most critical players were behind not only Richmond's belting by Hawthorn on Sunday but its slide from a team that challenged...

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Hawthorn holds out plucky Giants

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 01:  Ryan Schoenmakers of the Hawks is tackled by Jacob Townsend  and Devon Smith of the Giants during the round 11 AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 1, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.

Michael Gleeson Brendon Bolton's first game as coach turns out to be a success.

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.

AFL

Demon Luke Tapscott injures knee

Melbourne's Luke Tapscott

Michael Gleeson Midfielder Luke Tapscott is set to miss Melbourne's AFL pre-season game on February 28 after injuring his right knee in Thursday's intra-club hitout.

AFL

Stressed Garlett to take break

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn recruit Dayle Garlett will not play football for the foreseeable future after telling the club that he is struggling with the demands of life as an AFL footballer and the adjustment to...

AFL

Hawthorn stands behind Dayle Garlett

Dayle Garlett looks ahead during a Hawthorn Hawks training session at Box Hill City Oval.

Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall Hawthorn's players were doing what they could to help teammate Dayle Garlett as he shelves plans to play AFL for the foreseeable future.

AFL

Garlett quits Hawks

Hawthorn tried to buy some time with Dayle Garlett by giving him a break from playing and allowing him to train without the pressure to perform.

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn's decision to punt on the talented but troubled Dayle Garlett is over, with the youngster walking away from the demands of AFL life.

AFL

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.

AFL

Coach relieved as Hawks finally shade dogged Suns

Happy ending: Sam Mitchell with  his children

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson disappointed that burst in third quarter needed at all.