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

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.

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

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.

AFL

What makes the Magpies work?

Jamie Elliott

Michael Gleeson The Magpies are back on the same page, with some fresh (albeit) faces.

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.

Port Adelaide footballer's life cut short in Vegas hotel fall

John McCarthy

Michael Gleeson and Ashley Porter As a footballer, John McCarthy made those he played with smile easily and often.

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Pies players mourn loss of 'J-Mac'

Midfielder John McCarthy playing for Collingwood against Melbourne in round 12 last year.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood players in deep shock and mourning for popular former teammate.

Magpies toast win and absent mate

Sharrod Wellingham (right) talks to Pies coach Nathan Buckley.

Michael Gleeson This Collingwood-West Coast game was imbued with more significance than leaving a team one win from a grand final. It was a win with significance for people as well as club.

Top gong for son of a gun

Michael-Gleeson-sport-dinks

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.

AFL

Ablett's 53 touches just a number

Gold Coast's Gary Ablett.

Michael Gleeson Gary Ablett had more disposals than any other player has had in a game since Greg Williams amassed that number in 1989.

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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Battling the critics

Harry O'Brien

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

Football

Pies ban Wellingham for two matches

Collingwood AFL training at Goschs Paddock in Melbourne  - Sharrod Wellingham
Photo Pat Scala The Age
Wednesday the 29th of February 2012

Michael Gleeson and Martin Blake Collingwood has decided to suspend premiership midfielder Sharrod Wellingham.

Kangaroo's wait may be over

Sam Gibson

Michael Gleeson North Melbourne's mature-aged rookie Sam Gibson has waited most of his 25 years to play football.