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.
Michael Gleeson Jake Carlisle, one of the emerging stars of the competition this year, has been forced out of the side to play Greater Western Sydney with an ankle injury suffered on Anzac Day.
Michael Gleeson Cats have won more games decided by a kick or less than any other team since 2009.
Michael Gleeson Hawthorn captain still building his training after rehabilitation from injury.
Matt Murnane and Michael Gleeson Hawthorn says that while it wasted an opportunity it did not fumble a premiership.
Michael Gleeson Collingwood's Harry O'Brien finds strength in the negatives..
Michael Gleeson Lance Franklin played on a wing and was more involved but less influential.
Michael Gleeson and Peter Hanlon They were only abbreviated pre-season games, but Richmond had reason to cheer.
Michael Gleeson Hawthorn moves to eliminate off-field distractions that could sabotage premiership plans.
Michael Gleeson The Buckley years have begun without obvious punctuation. At least little punctuation.
Michael Gleeson Expect bolder play and high-scoring shootouts as a new offensive strategy kicks in, based on last year's grand final.
Michael Gleeson The fact that this was the sort of game Hawthorn wanted was measured by the game not played at the MCG but by the one at Docklands yesterday.
Michael Gleeson They never really went away. Not really. Not in a flick pass, drop kick kind of way.
Michael Gleeson Laws find it hard to protect players' heads when players must be protected from themselves.