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

Geelong hangs on for win against Essendon

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

Essendon 'horrible' in parts, says Bomber Thompson

Not much to be cheerful about: Essendon captain Jobe Watson and coach Mark Thompson leave the field after the game.

Michael Gleeson Despite being "horrible" for a long period in its fourth loss of the season, Essendon coach Mark Thompson forecast his side would improve rapidly after weathering the worst period of its draw for the...

AFL

Alex Fasolo injury sours Collingwood comeback

Joe Daniher (left) of the Bombers contests the ball against Alex Fasolo (centre) and Brodie Grundy of the Magpies.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood staged a stunning comeback to win an entertaining Anzac Day but the win came at a cost with Alex Fasolo suffering yet another injury.

AFL

Leigh Montagna says St Kilda will play finals in next few years

Leigh Montagna (centre) trains at Moorabbin Oval on Sunday.

Michael Gleeson St Kilda can mimic Port Adelaide and rapidly regenerate and resurrect from the ladder lower reaches in sharp time, according to Leigh Montagna.

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

Time for Tom Lee to make his mark

Recovery session

Michael Gleeson One of the bright lights to emerge in the grim end to last season, the key forward has been desperately needed in a one-dimensional forward line, but has not been sighted.

AFL

Demons hold their nerve to pip Bombers at the post

Jack Viney of the Demons beats the tackle of Paddy Ryder of the Bombers.

Michael Gleeson They came to the MCG uncertain what they would see, the players and faithful alike. They came looking for a signpost, an understanding of what the events of the last week might mean for Essendon.

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

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

Dees ready to grab Dawes

Chris Dawes.

Michael Gleeson Magpie forward Chris Dawes has told the club he will explore options for a trade.

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Monfries trade a win-win deal for Bombers, Power

Angus Monfries.

Michael Gleeson Essendon and Port Adelaide have brokered a deal to deliver them both a win that by-passed free agency compensation by trading free agent Angus Monfries to Port Adelaide for a draft pick.

Tough talk on Caddy and Tippett

The Crows' Kurt Tippett (above) and the Suns' Josh Caddy (below):  Trade dominoes that could take time to fall.

Jon Pierik, Michael Gleeson and Emma Quayle Two key dominoes of trade week - Josh Caddy and Kurt Tippett - could take time to fall.

Magpie heads home to Perth

Sharrod Wellingham

Michael Gleeson and Emma Quayle Collingwood finalises deal to move Sharrod Wellingham home to Perth.

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AFL

Dawes now a $2 million Demon

Chris Dawes

Michael Gleeson Collingwood forward will play for Melbourne for the next four years.

AFL

Hawks star joins Magpies

Clinton Young

Michael Gleeson Clinton Young has quit the Hawks and will play for Collingwood next year.

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Hawthorn unhappy at compensation

Clinton Young

Emma Quayle and Michael Gleeson Hawthorn feels the brunt of the AFL's first free agency period, losing Clinton Young.

Goddard's team-first edict

Brendon Goddard

Michael Gleeson Brendon Goddard was a Saint but he's not a saviour.

Hudson adds depth to the Magpies

Ben Hudson.

Michael Gleeson Darren Jolly was rested from the second game with a Pies newbie, that young chap Ben Hudson joining in.

Football

Bombers keep status quo

Essendon versus Western Bulldogs.

Emma Quayle and Michael Gleeson The Bombers didn't appear to have implemented any major positional shifts.

Football

Hird proud of Dons

James Hird

Michael Gleeson and Emma Quayle AFTER 10 days of controversy and distraction, Essendon coach James Hird said it was a relief to get his side back playing football and expressed his pride in the players for the way they have handled...