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.

Recovery Session: Boom, boom, boom, go back to your room

Michael Gleeson Brent Harvey has been done by the Little Aussie Bleeder Joel Selwood.

Kangaroos pip Cats by six points to enter preliminary final

Geelong's James Kelly is taken down by North's Andrew Swallow.

Michael Gleeson North Melbourne advances to its first preliminary final since 2007 after upsetting Geelong by six points.

North Melbourne goes into preliminary final brimming with confidence

Brent Harvey grapples with Geelong's Joel Selwood during Friday night's semi-final.

Michael Gleeson North Melbourne goes into its first preliminary final in seven years supremely confident.

Young Cats make mark in disappointing finals exit

A dejected Tom Hawkins after the narrow loss to North Melbourne.

Michael Gleeson Bitterly disappointed at losing and exiting the finals in straight sets, Chris Scott took some comfort in the fact that when the team was most challenged, it was his young captain and full-forward...

AFL

Geelong hangs on for win against Essendon

Essendon's Paul Chapman grabs hold of his fomer teammate, Cat Joel Selwood, during the round 15 game at Etihad Stadium on Friday.

Michael Gleeson Steven Motlop's brilliance proved the difference as Geelong rallied in the last term for a pulsating nine-point win over Essendon.

AFL

Little Libba is already standing tall among the midfielders

Recovery session

Michael Gleeson In the last five rounds Tom Liberatore has equalled Gary Ablett for effectiveness.

AFL

Cats skipper eyes recovery for first round

Michael Gleeson Joel Selwood had minor surgery in Brisbane last week on a tendon problem.

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.

One-kick thrillers

Recovery session

Michael Gleeson Cats have won more games decided by a kick or less than any other team since 2009.

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Cats find winning gear

James Kelly

Michael Gleeson Geelong overwhelms Richmond in a game that was more or less even until half-time.

AFL

Bump may be costly for Cats

Happy Chappy: Paul Chapman after a goal at the MCG on Friday night.

Michael Gleeson Geelong's victory may have come at a cost, with Paul Chapman reported.

AFL

'No excuses' vows Hawk

Alastair Clarkson.

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn not interested in talk of rivalry or curses, it is simply sick of being beaten by Geelong.

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AFL

This time, it's Cats left cursing as the Hawks break through

Sore point: Lance Franklin leaves the field.

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn is no longer the Daryl Cullinan to Geelong's Shane Warne.

AFL

Praise for one without equal

Gary Ablett with his partner Jordan Papalia after winning the Brownlow Medal.

Michael Gleeson The conversation with Gary Ablett has always been more about others than about him.

AFL

Selwood signs 5-year deal with Cats

Joel Selwood

Michael Gleeson Geelong cements relationship with Joel Selwood further with a long-term contract extension.

AFL

Leading question

Joel Selwood leads his team out.

Michael Gleeson Joel Selwood knows leadership lies in the asking.

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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Stop press: the tagger's back

Tagger Ryan Crowley.

Michael Gleeson They never really went away. Not really. Not in a flick pass, drop kick kind of way.

Headed for tragedy

Sam Mitchell.

Jon Pierik and Michael Gleeson Matthew Lloyd fears players risk becoming quadriplegics unless the AFL takes immediate action.

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AFL

Captain's knock

Jack Grimes.

Michael Gleeson The football world questioned if Jack Grimes was ready to lead. At first he did too.