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.

No 'slur' link to Heritier Lumumba's move

Michael Gleeson Heritier Lumumba’s likely departure from Collingwood was not a product of him reacting to a perceived gay slur, according to his manager.

Heritier Lumumba and Collingwood set to part ways over slur

Staying on: Heritier Lumumba of the Magpies.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood is likely to part ways with premiership player Hertier Lumumba after he criticised the club for not acting on a homophobic slur and after a series of intense discussions in recent weeks...

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Two games in a day for Magpie Tony Armstrong

Tony Armstrong (right) had a night he will remember.

Michael Gleeson Tony Armstrong played two games for Collingwood in the one day on a bizarre night for the Magpies.

Buckley has never known a game like this

Nathan Buckley at three-quarter-time when the writing was well and truly on the wall.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley could not recall a night as cursed as the miserable one he endured in the team’s loss to the Lions.

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

Injury-hit Collingwood could make seven changes

Walking wounded: Scott Pendlebury (centre) is one of a host of injured Magpies.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood could make at least seven changes for the GWS match

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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.

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.

AFL

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.

AFL

Magpies take a look at newcomers, Cats pick one new face

Collingwood's Clinton Young.

Michael Gleeson Geelong and Collingwood name their squads for the first NAB Challenge match on Wednesday night.

AFL

Nathan Buckley praises umpiring of AFL's first pre-season game

Umpiring.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood coach heartened by relaxed umpiring approach in the year's first match.

AFL

Fit Alex Fasolo set to return for Collingwood

On way back: Injured Alex Fasolo.

Michael Gleeson After almost a year out with a stress fracture in his foot, Alex Fasolo is likely to return.

AFL

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.

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.

Ball nears return after knee injury

Luke Ball during a training session at Olympic Park on Friday.

Michael Gleeson It was 12 months ago to the round last week that Luke Ball did his knee.

Ball tip for Geelong clash

Luke Ball.

Michael Gleeson After more than a year out, Collingwood premiership midfielder expected to play.

AFL

Ball eager to return after string of setbacks

Back on track: Luke Ball takes aim at Collingwood training on Friday.

Michael Gleeson It was a knee reconstruction that stopped Luke Ball from playing last year.

AFL

Surgery for Thomas in finals bid

On the table: Dale Thomas is going back under the knife.

Michael Gleeson Seemingly innocuous kick to ankle forces Magpie into second round of surgery in six months.

AFL

Lukewarm Pies feeling the heat

Nathan Buckley

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

AFL

Magpies hope on Ball scan

Collingwood's Luke Ball grimaces as he handballs away from Eagle Will Schofield at the MCG on Friday.

Michael Gleeson Acting football manager Rodney Eade confident issue no worse than tightness.