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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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?''
Michael Gleeson Lance Franklin flexed his muscles and Sydney did the same in an eventful 50-point victory over Essendon.
Michael Gleeson The result Collingwood needed last night was more about the man than the team.
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.
Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Emma Quayle Geelong has already set itself the goal of reaching the top four in 2013.
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.
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.
Michael Gleeson Jobe Watson and Michael Hurley the standouts as Essendon wins in Perth - and in June.
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.
Michael Gleeson Gary Ablett does himself credit with quiet brilliance.