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

Leader of the pack content at Magpies as cohorts take flight

Michael Gleeson Working on the theory you kill a snake by cutting off its head, Dane Swan insists his coach Nathan Buckley had no problem with Collingwood's ''rat pack'' of players this year or else Swan would have...

AFL

I'll miss rat pack: sad Swan

Dane Swan.

Michael Gleeson Midfielder insists Nathan Buckley had no problem with "rat pack" this year.

AFL

Seeds is home

Paul Seedsman.

Michael Gleeson Paul Seedsman refused to go out the night David Zaharakis pulled the rug from Collingwood's Anzac Day. He was due to go to a party with friends, but rang them to say he was staying home.

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?

Pie's campaign in doubt

Nick Maxwell wrestles with Hawthorn's Jarryd Roughead.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood captain Nick Maxwell may miss do-or-die semi-final next week.

Inside Football

A leader of the pack

Running back: Ben Johnson tries to burst out of a tackle.

Michael Gleeson Apart from providing a lot of run and effective disposal — not always pretty but always left-footed — Ben Johnson has played a key role in helping shape members of Collingwood's 'rat pack'.

AFL

Cats set to pounce on Demon, Roo

AFL, Football,Round 10. North Melbourne V Brisbane Lions at Etihad Stadium.North's Hamish McIntosh in action.
May 30 2009.THE AGE SPORT.  Picture by SEBASTIAN COSTANZO

Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall Geelong has emerged as a major off-season player, it's eye on Rivers and McIntosh.

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AFL

Magpies' elephant in the Cloke room

Travis Cloke.

Michael Gleeson Travis Cloke is this year's Tom Scully. Will he? Won't he? How many hearts will be broken if he does?

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Friday on their mind

Magpie Dale Thomas

Michael Gleeson Several big names are back for the Collingwood-Geelong blockbuster.

Big problem for Collingwood; times two

Michael-Gleeson-sport-dinks

Michael Gleeson Magpies v Eagles at the MCG could be a preview of the grand final.

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AFL

No backing down for Magpies

Bird battle: Eagle Ashton Hams and Magpie Heath Shaw fight for the ball.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood is confronting a poser: how do you fit eight defenders into six spots?

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Football

Pies ban Wellingham for two matches

Collingwood AFL training at Goschs Paddock in Melbourne  - Sharrod Wellingham
Photo Pat Scala The Age
Wednesday the 29th of February 2012

Michael Gleeson and Martin Blake Collingwood has decided to suspend premiership midfielder Sharrod Wellingham.

Kangaroo's wait may be over

Sam Gibson

Michael Gleeson North Melbourne's mature-aged rookie Sam Gibson has waited most of his 25 years to play football.

AFL

A humbled Pie to flick the flop

Humbled Pie: Ben Reid.

Michael Gleeson Both Ben Reid and Ryan Schoenmakers have had six months to labour with odious memories.

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New names but mostly the same old Pies

Poor defence: Dejected Collingwood players leave the ground after leaking 20 goals to Hawthorn.

Michael Gleeson The Buckley years have begun without obvious punctuation. At least little punctuation.

Football

Fright night for Pies

Carlton

Michael Gleeson Collingwood was not only humbled by its arch foe, but its premiership ambitions were jolted.

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Tension turns to open hostility

Eddie McGuire and Mick Malthouse

Michael Gleeson The tension that simmered beneath the surface of the Mick Malthouse succession plan at Collingwood took just three weeks of the new coach's reign to erupt into open hostility.

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