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.

Kangaroos pip Cats by six points to enter preliminary final

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.

AFL

North's five goals in 10 minutes destroy Demons

Let me through: Todd Goldstein evades an attempted tackle by Demon Lynden Dunn.

Michael Gleeson In a game that spanned two hours it was just 10 minutes of play that was the critical difference. The difference in the contest, in the score and in the class.

AFL

Eddie Betts heads to Crows in $2m deal

Eddie Betts

Michael Gleeson Carlton free agent Eddie Betts has told the Blues today he wants to leave and will be moving to Adelaide.

AFL

Roos looking good, especially to Robin Nahas

Michael Gleeson

Michael Gleeson North Melbourne set about its off-season with the determination of a club that sensed it was back in range.

Campbell rues cost of a misplaced kick

Kick back: Matt Campbell wants another chance.

Michael Gleeson Matt Campbell is not the first person to go to the casino and lose.

AFL

Head clash takes out review panel

Recovery session

Michael Gleeson Round one produces rogue results. But the case of Melbourne may be different.

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AFL seeks club input on bumps

Painful meeting: The clash between Lindsay Thomas and Ben Reid.

Michael Gleeson New football operations manager seeks opinions as part of his meet and greet with clubs.

North blasts into gear

Cop that: Lachlan Hansen celebrates at Etihad Stadium in a game North dominated.

Michael Gleeson North Melbourne breaks its duck for season 2013 in fine style.

A Majak moment

Majak Daw

Michael Gleeson Majak Daw's first brief appearance at the senior level thrills the crowd.

Short answer to small problem

Recovery session

Michael Gleeson Luke Breust or Lindsay Thomas, Ben McGlynn or Eddie Betts. Small forwards. At one point or another all have turned Collingwood around and opened it up.

AFL

A result beside the point

Sherrin football

Michael Gleeson Collingwood suffers 11-point defeat and injuries to two key players as North Melbourne wins.

Franklin caught out on a wing

Michael Gleeson Lance Franklin played on a wing and was more involved but less influential.

Players leading with head

Jude Bolton says players appear to now feel they need to lead with the head into collisions.

Michael Gleeson Players now more likely to begin sliding head-first into contests instead of going to their knees.

North holds off another late surge

Flying Kangaroo: North's Drew Petrie takes a big grab over the pack yesterday.

Michael Gleeson North Melbourne withstands late push from Brisbane Lions for 16-point win.

North faces fears to end match in cheers

Fight night: St Kilda's Brendon Goddard and North's Leigh Adams get physical.

Michael Gleeson North Melbourne's year has to a large extent been unpredictable and uncertain even to themselves.