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

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.

AFL

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?''

AFL

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.

AFL

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.

AFL

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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AFL

Former Hawk stars feel a change in the air

Brian Lake, Cyril Rioli and Brent Guerra

Michael Gleeson Dermott Brereton and Peter Schwab agree that Hawthorn can do it this time.

AFL

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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AFL

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.

AFL

The building of a machine

Michael Gleeson dinkus

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

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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AFL

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.

Hawks praise 'better team' but vow to bounce back

cyril rioli

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

AFL

Hawks likely to play Hodge in VFL in round one

Luke Hodge

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

Stop press: the tagger's back

Tagger Ryan Crowley.

Michael Gleeson They never really went away. Not really. Not in a flick pass, drop kick kind of way.

How Eagles dare

Adam Selwood.

Michael Gleeson Laws find it hard to protect players' heads when players must be protected from themselves.

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Headed for tragedy

Sam Mitchell.

Jon Pierik and Michael Gleeson Matthew Lloyd fears players risk becoming quadriplegics unless the AFL takes immediate action.

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Battling the critics

Harry O'Brien

Michael Gleeson Collingwood's Harry O'Brien finds strength in the negatives..

Franklin caught out on a wing

Michael Gleeson Lance Franklin played on a wing and was more involved but less influential.

Tigers show early promise

Eyes up: Lance Franklin (left) and Alex Rance go for the ball.

Michael Gleeson and Peter Hanlon They were only abbreviated pre-season games, but Richmond had reason to cheer.