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.

Michael Gleeson

Dees now more the team of Neeld's making

Michael Gleeson An overhaul has injected new talent and hope.

Jurrah quits Demons

Liam Jurrah.

Michael Gleeson Controversial Melbourne forward Liam Jurrah has stunningly quit the Demons in the hope he can continue his football career with one of the Adelaide clubs.

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Port in the hunt after Jurrah quits Demons

Liam Jurrah

Michael Gleeson Liam Jurrah still wants to play football because he knows what it means for his people, and it makes him happy.

Future up in air for Jurrah

Happier times: Demon Liam Jurrah.

Michael Gleeson Melbourne did not expect Liam Jurrah to play a senior game in the first half of the year.

AFL boss slams indigenous 'risk'

Michael Gleeson and Martin Blake AFL challenges suggestions of change in attitude to recruiting indigenous players.


Melbourne to fine Jurrah $5000

Michael Gleeson Liam Jurrah expected to be fined and given a new intensive training program for a week as part of Melbourne's reaction to his arrest last week in Yuendumu.


Football on the outer

AFL Indigenous All Stars training camp at GWS home ground at Rooty Hil. SMH SPORT 30th January 2011 Photo: Wolter Peeters

Michael Gleeson The AFL is losing its hold on attracting indigenous players to the sport in Victoria.

AFL club 'prefers white parents'

Liam Jurrah in Alice Springs yesterday after he was granted bail.

Michael Gleeson Recruiter for an AFL club privately admits to the league that his club would be unlikely to draft an indigenous player unless at least one parent were white.


Leading question

Joel Selwood leads his team out.

Michael Gleeson Joel Selwood knows leadership lies in the asking.


Jurrah set to return for Casey

Liam Jurrah.

Michael Gleeson Liam Jurrah to return for Casey next week, while his charges will be heard on May 17.

Staring down the storm

Mark Neeld

Michael Gleeson Melbourne coach Mark Neeld opens up about the challenges he's faced in his first six months of coaching.