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

The Witt of Buckley

Still learning: Magpie ruckman Jarrod Witts is from a rugby background.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood has tall players who play well as small men and small men who are big men in little bodies.

AFL

Power forwards in great demand

Recovery session

Michael Gleeson Richmond desperately needs an elite tall forward. This is not a new statement, nor is it an outdated one.

AFL

Why the Hawks have the wood on Collingwood

Hard-pressed: Hawthorn players, at training on Friday, have stretched Collingwood for years.

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn's approach to games against Collingwood in recent years has been something akin to Shane Warne bowling to Daryll Cullinan. Warne wished he could do it for a career.

AFL

Nathan Buckley's concern over Marley Williams' emotional state

Pitching in: Marley Williams is likely to play in the VFL this week.

Michael Gleeson Marley Williams appears certain to return to playing football this week, through the VFL with a probable return to the senior side after the team's bye.

AFL

Nathan Buckley's concern over Marley Williams' emotional state

Avoids jail .... Collingwood's Marley Williams.

Michael Gleeson Nathan Buckley harbours concerns about the emotional state of Marley Williams, who is set to play in the VFL on Saturday.

AFL

Collingwood's best win of year, says Nathan Buckley

Magpie joy: Collingwood players sing the song.

Michael Gleeson Defeating Essendon on Anzac Day after coming from so far behind - and the way they did it - made the win more worthy than Collingwood's other three wins of the season, Magpies coach Nathan Buckley...

AFL

Jesse White, Nick Maxwell injured; Steele Sidebottom reported

Nathan Buckley has a quiet word with his players during a break.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood's Jesse White will have x-rays on an injured finger which could require surgery.

AFL

Fit Alex Fasolo set to return for Collingwood

On way back: Injured Alex Fasolo.

Michael Gleeson After almost a year out with a stress fracture in his foot, Alex Fasolo is likely to return.

AFL

Jack Riewoldt out of Richmond's clash against Collingwood

Jack Riewoldt.

Michael Gleeson Jack Riewoldt is resting a minor quad complaint that will force him to again miss Richmond's Nab Challenge match.

AFL

Buckley re-signs for two years

Magpies coach Nathan Buckley

Michael Gleeson Collingwood has re-signed its coach Nathan Buckley for a further two years.

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Collingwood to give Tom Langdon his debut

Tom Langdon.

Michael Gleeson and Jon Pierik Collingwood is almost certain to include first-gamer Tom Langdon for the opening round.

AFL

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

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

What's wrong with key Magpies?

Travis Cloke and Tom Lonergan

Michael Gleeson Dane Swan has not started a year like this since he had more visible skin than ink. He is not getting the ball like he has for a decade and kicking it worse than he ever has in the first rounds of...

Should Carlton let Bryce Gibbs go?

Bryce Gibbs.

Michael Gleeson Bryce Gibbs recently asked to sit down with Carlton to discuss its plans for the future so he could better decide his own plans. Carlton’s prospectus has since changed. So too has Gibbs’.

AFL

A result beside the point

Sherrin football

Michael Gleeson Collingwood suffers 11-point defeat and injuries to two key players as North Melbourne wins.

AFL

Magpies all fit and fired up

Nathan Brown

Michael Gleeson Collingwood end last game bullish it has dodged a bullet and is instead left with a selection headache.

AFL

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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AFL

West to head north as Lions restore some pride

Trent West.

Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Emma Quayle Brisbane Lions and St Kilda shape as major factors on the final day of the trading period.

Forward woes more than Pie in the sky

Pies in reserve: Jackson Paine will be in contention for senior selection

Michael Gleeson Can you persist with a misfiring forward line going into the finals and hope it rediscovers its mojo?