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.

Tony Armstrong doubles up as Collingwood struck by injuries

Tony Armstrong

Michael Gleeson In the most extraordinary scenes at the MCG, Collingwood's Tony Armstrong has been required to play two games in a day, after the Magpies lost captain Scott Pendlebury and Ben Reid to injuries...

Injury-hit Magpies prove easy prey for Lions

Dayne Zorko celebrates a goal

Michael Gleeson Collingwood devastated by injuries barely before the game begins then get mauled by Lions at the MCG

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Collingwood gets the better of Carlton before a tiny crowd

Carlton's Mitch Robinson handballs as he is grabbed by Collingwood's Steele Sidebottom.

Michael Gleeson This was a Carlton-Collingwood game, but not as you know it.

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Collingwood takes third spot with big win over St Kilda

Steele Sidebottom of the Magpies handballs as he tackled by Josh Bruce of the Saints.

Michael Gleeson Travis Cloke found form, Nick Maxwell hurt his calf and Steele Sidebottom was reported as Collingwood climbed back into the AFL's top four with a 86-point win over St Kilda.

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.

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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.

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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...

Collingwood and Carlton serve up half-baked blockbuster

Michael Gleeson Carlton and Collingwood had all the ingredients, but as a dish it failed to rise.

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Pies rise as Blues and game fall flat

Carlton's Heath Scotland finds himself under pressure.

Michael Gleeson Carlton and Collingwood had all the ingredients, but as a dish it failed to rise.

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Magpies take a look at newcomers, Cats pick one new face

Collingwood's Clinton Young.

Michael Gleeson Geelong and Collingwood name their squads for the first NAB Challenge match on Wednesday night.

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Nathan Buckley praises umpiring of AFL's first pre-season game

Umpiring.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood coach heartened by relaxed umpiring approach in the year's first match.

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Magpies hope on Ball scan

Collingwood's Luke Ball grimaces as he handballs away from Eagle Will Schofield at the MCG on Friday.

Michael Gleeson Acting football manager Rodney Eade confident issue no worse than tightness.

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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.

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Nick Maxwell optimistic that Collingwood will challenge for flag

Nick Maxwell.

Michael Gleeson Nick Maxwell declares Collingwood would not drop away this season and would contend for the flag.

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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.

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Lake to help Hawks shore up defence

Switching clubs: Brian Lake (right) is a Hawk.

Michael Gleeson Western Bulldogs fullback will be traded to Hawthorn for a first round draft pick.

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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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Giles rejects Adelaide to stay with the Giants

Jonathan Giles

Michael Gleeson The market of tall forwards who can ruck has become even thinner with GWS re-signing Jonathan Giles.

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