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

What's wrong with key Magpies?

Travis Cloke and Tom Lonergan

Michael Gleeson Dane Swan has not started a year like this since he had more visible skin than ink. He is not getting the ball like he has for a decade and kicking it worse than he ever has in the first rounds of...

AFL

Buckley re-signs for two years

Magpies coach Nathan Buckley

Michael Gleeson Collingwood has re-signed its coach Nathan Buckley for a further two years.

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AFL

Jack Riewoldt out of Richmond's clash against Collingwood

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Michael Gleeson Jack Riewoldt is resting a minor quad complaint that will force him to again miss Richmond's Nab Challenge match.

AFL

Nick Maxwell optimistic that Collingwood will challenge for flag

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

AFL

No brats or rats in the Pies ranks

Dane Swan is chased by Tom Liberatore.

Michael Gleeson Nathan Buckley's purported problem with the group, uncreatively named the Rat Pack - or Brat Pack depending on your age - is that the monastic former teammate's disciplinary ways were too onerous and...

AFL

Praise for one without equal

Gary Ablett with his partner Jordan Papalia after winning the Brownlow Medal.

Michael Gleeson The conversation with Gary Ablett has always been more about others than about him.

Departing Pies miss award night

Michael Gleeson Selfishness had crept into Collingwood this year, which was why the club had acted so aggressively in the off-season with changes that had been made to the list and more broadly about the club, club...

AFL

Departing Pies miss award night

On the way out: Dale Thomas and Heath Shaw.

Michael Gleeson Dale Thomas and Heath Shaw yet to officially leave, but indicate just how much of a formality that is.

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AFL

Leader of the pack content at Magpies as cohorts take flight

Collingwood's Dane Swan.

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...

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AFL

I'll miss rat pack: sad Swan

Dane Swan.

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

Magpies wait for Williams

Marley Williams

Michael Gleeson As Collingwood contemplates how to stop the freedom with which better sides open it up, the first consideration was how to restructure its back line.

Buckley looks for consistency as Pies stumble again

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley speaks to his players at quarter-time.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood has found its level for the inconsistent effort it is displaying at the moment, coach says.

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'.

Top gong for son of a gun

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Michael Gleeson Jobe Watson steps emphatically out of the shadow of his father to do one of the few things that famous and awarded player had not: win the Brownlow Medal.

AFL

Elliott leads the dance

Arm in arm: Carlton’s Chris Judd nabs Dane Swan.

Michael Gleeson Spirited Pies ensure their former coach Mick Malthouse stays winless in 2013.

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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Swan, Reid add to Pies' injury list

Ben Reid is chased by Geelong's James Podsiadly.

Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall Brownlow medallist strains a hamstring and All-Australian defender forced out of the game.

Big problem for Collingwood; times two

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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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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.