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.

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Jack Frost and Chris Dawes: opponents who embody list overhaul at Collingwood

Michael Gleeson Chris Dawes and Jack Frost had never met. They shared a link and suddenly a place on the MCG, but they did not know one another.

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

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.

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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 This is not a new statement, nor is it an outdated one.

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Sliding Dawes: Demon was nearly a Bulldog

Chris Dawes

Michael Gleeson Had things turned out only slightly differently, Chris Dawes would have been running out this week against Melbourne, not for the Demons.

Dour Dees force Pies to slug it out

Michael Gleeson The first stage of Paul Roos' reconstruction of Melbourne was to ensure the Demons were never out of games. This he has achieved in part. The next stage is to get the side into games.

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Collingwood downs Demons in Queen's Birthday clash

Scott Pendlebury was workmanlike, but possibly the best player on the ground.

Michael Gleeson The first stage of Paul Roos' reconstruction of Melbourne was to ensure the Demons were never out of games. This he has achieved in part. The next stage is to get the side into games.

AFL

New coach Paul Roos shocked by Demons' scars

Melbourne Coach Paul Roos.

Michael Gleeson Paul Roos was expecting to find some 'scarring' when he arrived at Melbourne. But he was shocked by what he found.

AFL

Hot or cold?

Seeking an edge: North Melbourne in Utah.

Michael Gleeson The choice appeared simple: go high; get hot; or go nowhere to go somewhere.

AFL

New coach brings new outlook for Melbourne

Demons coach Paul Roos.

Michael Gleeson Paul Roos was mindful that for his group of players, any win was worth celebrating.

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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.

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St Kilda considers Luke Dunstan and Jack Billings for debuts against Melbourne

St Kilda.

Michael Gleeson In the match between the team with no midfield the team with no tall forwards, St Kilda will debut at least one if not two midfielders in the season opener against Melbourne.

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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.

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Game starting to add up for young Demon defender

Analytical: Defender Tom McDonald.

Michael Gleeson Tom McDonald dissects the game like no other on his team save perhaps for the coach. Maybe the coach.

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.

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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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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?

All Cloke and no stagger

The Magpies' Travis Cloke celebrates kicking a goal during the round 23 match against Essendon.

Michael Gleeson The result Collingwood needed last night was more about the man than the team.

AFL

Mission possible for Pies

Anthony Rocca

Michael Gleeson Ten years ago to the game, Collingwood travelled to Adelaide as a rank outsider.

Pies expect Dawes to play despite injury

Chris Dawes

Michael Gleeson, Ashley Porter Chris Dawes is expected to play in Friday night's preliminary final against Sydney, despite hobbling through the last quarter of Saturday night's game with what appeared to be a serious knee injury.