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 grand final 2014: Buddy confronts his buddies

Michael Gleeson The danger in buying millionaires is that the team tries to play like one.

Not right, not wrong, but cause for debate

Michael Gleeson dinkus Dinkus

Michael Gleeson This is the team that plays no-one that represents everyone, and so pleases no-one and everyone.

Lake scare as Hawthorn cruises home

Brian Lake leaves the ground along with a trainer after sustaining an injury at the MCG on Friday.

Michael Gleeson This game that meant little threatened to become a match that meant so much for Hawthorn.

Hawks emerge from the fog to down Geelong

Jordan Lewis

Michael Gleeson Were you unaware of the history of these teams the transformation from one half of the game to the other would have seemed fanciful.

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Power forwards in great demand

Recovery session

Michael Gleeson Richmond desperately needs an elite tall forward. This is not a new statement, nor is it an outdated one.

Should Carlton let Bryce Gibbs go?

Bryce Gibbs.

Michael Gleeson Bryce Gibbs recently asked to sit down with Carlton to discuss its plans for the future so he could better decide his own plans. Carlton’s prospectus has since changed. So too has Gibbs’.

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Slow Tigers under the pump

Cyril Rioli celebrates a goal in the third quarter.

Michael Gleeson Slow and stilted run, schoolboy errors and the absence of three of its most critical players were behind not only Richmond's belting by Hawthorn on Sunday but its slide from a team that challenged...

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The benefit of losing Buddy

Hawks Lance Franklin, Jack Gunston and Paul Puopolo celebrate their 2013 grand final win.

Michael Gleeson Who would they have lost? Would it have been Cyril? What about Jack Gunston?

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For Saints and Tigers it's Riewoldt or bust

Recovery session

Michael Gleeson We need to talk about Riewoldt. Either one, take your pick it doesn't matter which cousin you choose the issue is roughly the same.

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Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson to miss at least another month

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson.

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson has left hospital and will recuperate at home.

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Hawthorn stands behind Dayle Garlett

Dayle Garlett looks ahead during a Hawthorn Hawks training session at Box Hill City Oval.

Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall Hawthorn's players were doing what they could to help teammate Dayle Garlett as he shelves plans to play AFL for the foreseeable future.

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Bombers ponder Buddy-less Hawks

Essendon's Jake Carlisle shake with Hawthorn's Lance Franklin after the round 18 game between the teams in season 2013.  Franklin kicked eight goals in the Hawks' 143-87 win.

Michael Gleeson Ordinarily in weeks such as these, Essendon's match committee has sat down, looked at the Hawthorn team on the white board and said, ''Oh dear, not again. Franklin, what do we do this time?''

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Rioli magic takes game from Dons

Cyril Rioli celebrates his match-winning goal.

Michael Gleeson The Hawks had led. They trailed. They had less than a minute to go. They had Cyril Rioli.

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High hopes as Hale makes best of life at the Hawks

Dual talent: David Hale is that rare commodity, a forward-ruckman.

Michael Gleeson Had conversations gone only slightly differently David Hale would this week be playing his 200th game ... for Melbourne against GWS. In which case things would have gone very very different for Hale.

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Murphy's jaw for Blues as skipper felled

Marc Murphy.

Michael Gleeson Carlton captain Marc Murphy was taken to hospital with a suspected broken jaw that could sideline him for more than a month.

Furious Malthouse blasts umpiring anomalies

Mick Malthouse.

Michael Gleeson Carlton coach Michael Malthouse has bitterly condemned umpiring, in the wake of Carlton's narrow loss to Hawthorn, claiming there had been an apparent abandonment or reinterpretation of the...

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A result beside the point

Sherrin football

Michael Gleeson Collingwood suffers 11-point defeat and injuries to two key players as North Melbourne wins.

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Magpies all fit and fired up

Nathan Brown

Michael Gleeson Collingwood end last game bullish it has dodged a bullet and is instead left with a selection headache.

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Hawks, with lots in reserve

Hawthorn's Luke Hodge is tackled by Lewis Jetta.

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn takes a big step towards going one better than last year with a 54-point win over Sydney.

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Where now for Buddy?

Michael Gleeson

Michael Gleeson This final was a must win for this team, which had tasted the bitterness of defeat last year.