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.

Dane Swan set to return for Magpies

Michael Gleeson Collingwood is likely to welcome back Brownlow medallist Dane Swan as one of several changes to the team this week.

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I should have been better early in season, says Anzac Medal recipient Dane Swan

Dane Swan accepts his Anzac Medal for his performance against Essendon.

Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson After winning his second Anzac Medal for his best-afield, four-goal performance, Collingwood's Dane Swan admitted he should have been playing better early in the season.

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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Why the Hawks have the wood on Collingwood

Hard-pressed: Hawthorn players, at training on Friday, have stretched Collingwood for years.

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn's approach to games against Collingwood in recent years has been something akin to Shane Warne bowling to Daryll Cullinan. Warne wished he could do it for a career.

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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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...

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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 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.

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Jesse White, Nick Maxwell injured; Steele Sidebottom reported

Nathan Buckley has a quiet word with his players during a break.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood's Jesse White will have x-rays on an injured finger which could require surgery.

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Jack Riewoldt out of Richmond's clash against Collingwood

Jack Riewoldt.

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

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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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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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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...

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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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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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I'll miss rat pack: sad Swan

Dane Swan.

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

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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'.