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.

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Lance Franklin centrepiece of looming player movements

Michael Gleeson It is highly unlikely Lance Franklin will move as part of a trade rather than as a result of activating his free agency rights.

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Lance Franklin's sting in the tail

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Michael Gleeson UPDATE Amazingly the Giants have been outbid ... and outflanked. Lance Franklin has chosen Bondi over Rooty Hill.

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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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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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Shifting tides as Dockers and Hawks get ready to clash in grand final rematch

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn in round two fielded a team with just 14 premiership players from last year. Fremantle had 20 of its grand finalists.

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Shifting tides as Dockers hold ranks

Recovery session

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn in round two fielded a team with just 14 premiership players from last year. Fremantle had 20 of its grand finalists.

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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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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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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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Former Swan Andrejs Everitt backs Sydney's cost of living allowance

Andrejs Everitt.

Michael Gleeson Sydney received qualified support for the retention of the contentious cost of living allowance from former Swan Andrejs Everitt, now back domiciled in Melbourne.

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Club-by-club guide to the trade period

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Michael Gleeson Memo to AFL players: while holidaying in Bali you now have new teammates.

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Nick Dal Santo set to join North Melbourne

Nick Dal Santo.

Michael Gleeson St Kilda's Nick Dal Santo will join North Melbourne as a free agent after paperwork was completed Friday to confirm Dal Santo as a free agent.

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Lamb chops Sydney, joins Giants as Pies snare White

Jed Lamb.

Michael Gleeson and Emma Quayle Talented young Sydney forward quits the club for cross-town rival Greater Western Sydney.

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Push for changes to free agency

Lance Franklin

Michael Gleeson Club list managers say free agency should not be linked to team's position on ladder.

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How your club fared in the free agency and trade period

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Compiled by Emma Quayle and Michael Gleeson It has taken three weeks but the AFL free agency and trade period has finally ended. Emma Quayle and Michael Gleeson examine which clubs 'won' and which didn't.

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Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson parts with manager Liam Pickering

Alastair Clarkson.

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn premiership coach parts ways with Liam Pickering in the wake of the Lance Franklin move from the Hawks.

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Betts puts contract talks on hold at Blues

Eddie Betts

Michael Gleeson Carlton forward Eddie Betts has put off contract talks until the end of the season.

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AFL will be negligent if system not reviewed

Recovery session

Michael Gleeson Lance Franklin was stupid, clumsy and deserves a match ban.

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Hawks much better placed than last year, says Clarkson

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson shows his appreciation of Luke Hodge after the Hawks' big win over Sydney.

Michael Gleeson and Greg Baum Hawthorn coach says club learnt lessons from last year's grand final defeat.

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Alan Didak, Andrew Krakouer head six Collingwood delistings

Andrew Krakouer

Michael Gleeson, Jon Pierik UPDATE: Andrew Krakouer will look to shift to a new club after he was dumped by Collingwood.

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