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.

Hawks pair Cyril Rioli and Brad Sewell not ruled out for grand final start

Michael Gleeson Cyril Rioli and Brad Sewell could yet play in the grand final if the Hawks make it, Alastair Clarkson said.

Boots for Kids: Cyril Rioli on the bare essentials

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Michael Gleeson Cyril Rioli was 13 when he first wore footy boots. It was after he was picked to play for the Northern Territory in Canberra.

Generous donor drops in hundreds of boots for Boots For Kids Campaign

Rob Millar (right) and the Yarra Junior Football League's Shawn Dowling with about 800 pairs of boots.

Michael Gleeson Several years ago Rob Millar at the Kew Rovers Footy Club figured more could be done with the players' boots at the end of the season.

Hawthorn shows class, while Geelong left to lick its wounds

Hawthorn's Sam Mitchell tries to handball as he is held down by Geelong's George Horlin-Smith.

Michael Gleeson The numbers are now correcting, the ledger changing. Geelong is willing but no longer as able to make good its resolve against Hawthorn.

Rubbery situations in last round of season 2014

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Michael Gleeson Collingwood seldom defeats Hawthorn with strong teams and this team is anything but strong.

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Bombers ponder Buddy-less Hawks

Essendon's Jake Carlisle shake with Hawthorn's Lance Franklin after the round 18 game between the teams in season 2013.  Franklin kicked eight goals in the Hawks' 143-87 win.

Michael Gleeson Ordinarily in weeks such as these, Essendon's match committee has sat down, looked at the Hawthorn team on the white board and said, ''Oh dear, not again. Franklin, what do we do this time?''

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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.

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Slow Tigers under the pump

Cyril Rioli celebrates a goal in the third quarter.

Michael Gleeson Slow and stilted run, schoolboy errors and the absence of three of its most critical players were behind not only Richmond's belting by Hawthorn on Sunday but its slide from a team that challenged...

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Hawthorn holds out plucky Giants

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 01:  Ryan Schoenmakers of the Hawks is tackled by Jacob Townsend  and Devon Smith of the Giants during the round 11 AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 1, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.

Michael Gleeson Brendon Bolton's first game as coach turns out to be a success.

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Burgoyne's little wins are just what are needed on big stage

Hawthorn's Shaun Burgoyne kicks the goal that finally put the Hawks ahead late in the final quarter.

Michael Gleeson They were small moments, as they all are, but they were big in the telling of the game.

Anderson set to win a grand final recall

Jed Anderson of the Box Hill Hawks marks over the top of Jackson Sheringham of the Cats during the VFL grand final match on Saturday.

Michael Gleeson, Jon Pierik and Brent Diamond As Hawthorn seeks grand final redemption, at least one player will get a reprieve.

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This time, it's Cats left cursing as the Hawks break through

Sore point: Lance Franklin leaves the field.

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn is no longer the Daryl Cullinan to Geelong's Shane Warne.

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The building of a machine

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Michael Gleeson Mark Evans wandered smiling onto the MCG, not quite sure where to put himself.

Hawks praise 'better team' but vow to bounce back

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Matt Murnane and Michael Gleeson Hawthorn says that while it wasted an opportunity it did not fumble a premiership.

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Hawks likely to play Hodge in VFL in round one

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Michael Gleeson Hawthorn captain still building his training after rehabilitation from injury.

One-kick thrillers

Recovery session

Michael Gleeson Cats have won more games decided by a kick or less than any other team since 2009.

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Emerging Bomber out with sore ankle

Jake Carlisle.

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.

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Swans face tough path from injury

Swan Rhyce Shaw injures his leg during the first quarter of the game against the Cats.

Michael Gleeson and Andrew Wu Reigning premier Sydney emerges the major loser from the penultimate round.

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Hawks much better placed than last year, says Clarkson

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson shows his appreciation of Luke Hodge after the Hawks' big win over Sydney.

Michael Gleeson and Greg Baum Hawthorn coach says club learnt lessons from last year's grand final defeat.

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Hawks, with lots in reserve

Hawthorn's Luke Hodge is tackled by Lewis Jetta.

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn takes a big step towards going one better than last year with a 54-point win over Sydney.

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