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

Shaw on the market

Heath Shaw and Nathan Buckley.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood and Heath Shaw are prepared to part ways, with the defender exploring options for a move to a new club.

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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

Hawks secure big man Ben McEvoy from St Kilda

St Kilda's Ben McEvoy, left.

Michael Gleeson and Emma Quayle St Kilda boldly traded ruck Ben McEvoy as part of a move that will see it end up with three draft picks inside the top 20 and recruit another mature ruckman such as Darren Jolly.

AFL

No losers as McEvoy takes flight to Hawks

Michael Gleeson

Michael Gleeson Ruckmen are a bit like wicketkeepers. When you have a good side, you want Adam Gilchrist - the man who could do everything.

AFL

Franklin has the domino effect

Lance

Michael Gleeson During every trade period the movement of the biggest fish sends ripples through the rest of the pool.

AFL

Saints aggressive in effort to rebuild

Chris Pelchen.

Michael Gleeson St Kilda defends its aggressive dealing through trade period, saying it had to be bold to fight for access to quality draft picks.

AFL

Nathan Buckley denies personality clashes with departed stars

Nathan Buckley.

Michael Gleeson The moves of Heath Shaw and Dale Thomas from Collingwood were not the product of personality clashes, says Magpies coach Nathan Buckley.

Magpies consider young Giant for ruck role

Jonathan Giles

Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson Mindful of the burden on the ageing shoulders of veteran premiership ruck Darren Jolly, Collingwood has shown interest in out of contract Giant Jonathan Giles.

Pies clear decks for Witts

Collingwood's Cameron Wood

Michael Gleeson COLLINGWOOD has opened a path for promising young ruckman Jarrod Witts after cutting two ruck rivals yesterday.

Pies shed their ruck stocks

Michael Gleeson Collingwood has cut two ruckmen from its list and is not committed to recruiting a back-up, keen to put faith in Darren Jolly supported by versatile recruit Quinten Lynch and a promising but untried...

Hudson adds depth to the Magpies

Ben Hudson.

Michael Gleeson Darren Jolly was rested from the second game with a Pies newbie, that young chap Ben Hudson joining in.

AFL

Jolly's column backed, while KB has his say

Kevin Bartlett

Michael Gleeson Collingwood ruckman receives support from current and former players for his views.

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.

O'Brien battles back into the light

Michael Gleeson Harry O'Brien didn't want to be a leader last year. He didn't know what he wanted to do, he was in a dark place.

Magpie close to call-up

Clinton Young.

Michael Gleeson Almost-forgotten recruit Clinton Young may begin playing in the VFL in the next fortnight.

Steeled Pies hold off Saints

On the run: St Kilda's Arryn Siposs is chased by Magpie Nathan Brown.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood fights off a valiant St Kilda in a tight clash, prevailing by 26 points.

AFL

Small Pies, big trouble for Swans

Andrew Krakouer.

Michael Gleeson and Andrew Wu Collingwood small forward Andrew Krakouer says an increase in intensity was responsible for an improved showing last week as the Swans promise to pay close attention to the Pies' in-form small...

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High hopes but free agents failing to make their mark

Recovery session

Michael Gleeson Free agency was the tool introduced for clubs to ratchet themselves up the ladder.

AFL

Lukewarm Pies feeling the heat

Nathan Buckley

Michael Gleeson Injuries are forcing Collingwood to re-model its team, writes Michael Gleeson.