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

Jobe Watson says Essendon is determined not to waste 2014

Michael Gleeson Mark Thompson was determined when he took over as Essendon coach during James Hird's suspension that the job would not be a ''wasted season'', Bombers captain Jobe Watson said.

Dustin Fletcher has played his last game ... for the year

Dustin Fletcher has finished the season on 393 matches.

Michael Gleeson Essendon veteran Dustin Fletcher will not play again this year after agreeing to finger surgery. Whether he plays again is yet to be decided.

AFL

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?''

Lance Franklin boots five as Swans down Bombers

Lance Franklin shakes his fist in triumph after kicking a goal as Dustin Fletcher watches.

Michael Gleeson Lance Franklin flexed his muscles and Sydney did the same in an eventful 50-point victory over Essendon.

AFL

Show-cause notices no excuse for defeat, say David Zaharakis and Essendon

David Zaharakis celebrates a goal against Melbourne on Sunday.

Michael Gleeson and Emma Quayle The threat of doping bans after the issuing of show-cause notices had nothing to do with Essendon’s loss and the players hated that outsiders would use it as an excuse for their defeat, Bombers...

AFL

Players' union hits naming of Dons over drug use

CEO of the AFL Players Association Matt Finnis.

Michael Gleeson The AFL players' union has bitterly condemned the identification of present and former Essendon players who are alleged to have admitted telling investigators they had been injected with peptides.

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.

Cats grab trio from rivals in departure from club policy

Hamish McIntosh

Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Emma Quayle Geelong has already set itself the goal of reaching the top four in 2013.

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AFL

Watson suffers knock at training

Essendon's Jobe Watson.

Michael Gleeson Brownlow medallist Jobe Watson suffered a knock to the leg in a collision at training Monday morning with the club saying he had avoided serious injury but had suffered a cork.

Tuck's time

Richmond's Shane Tuck.

Michael Gleeson Shane Tuck is a Tigers favourite and son of a famous Hawk of unprecedented longevity in the big time, but he has already survived – twice – when he thought his AFL career was over.

All Cloke and no stagger

The Magpies' Travis Cloke celebrates kicking a goal during the round 23 match against Essendon.

Michael Gleeson The result Collingwood needed last night was more about the man than the team.

Bombers enriched by Hurley factor

Michael Hurley

Michael Gleeson Jobe Watson and Michael Hurley the standouts as Essendon wins in Perth - and in June.

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AFL

Selwood's loophole

Geelong captain Joel Selwood

Michael Gleeson Joel Selwood says his uncanny ability to draw head-high free kicks is a legitimate evasive technique and he will continue to do it while the rules are in his favour.

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Recovery Session

The powerlessness of one

Gary Ablett.

Michael Gleeson Gary Ablett does himself credit with quiet brilliance.