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.

AFL

Ross Lyon says umpires partly to blame for congestion

The Fremantle coach has been particularly concerned about the relaxation of the copping of arms in a contest.

Michael Gleeson Ross Lyon, the coach whose sides have often been accused of contributing to ugly play, has sheeted home some of the blame for unsightly congestion to the umpires.

Free agent James Frawley fields big offers

Likely to move: James Frawley.

Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall Sought-after Melbourne free agent James Frawley has spent the weekend in Perth meeting the Dockers.

AFL

New coach Paul Roos shocked by Demons' scars

Melbourne Coach Paul Roos.

Michael Gleeson Paul Roos was expecting to find some 'scarring' when he arrived at Melbourne. But he was shocked by what he found.

AFL

Gumbleton out with hamstring injury

Scott Gumbleton receives treatment for an injured hamstring.

Michael Gleeson Scott Gumbleton's career as a Docker has begun much the way of his tormented career at Essendon.

AFL

Pies docked and decked in first round

Got you: Collingwood’s Brent Macaffer wraps up Docker big man Aaron Sandilands.

Michael Gleeson Despite some big talk from the Collingwood chief Gary Pert, the Pies were simply not up to the task, losing by a whopping 70 points.

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AFL

Nathan Buckley concedes Collingwood were 'slaughtered'

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Michael Gleeson Nathan Buckley offers no excuses for Collingwood’s equal poorest goal-kicking since 2007.

AFL

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.

AFL

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.

Goddard's team-first edict

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Michael Gleeson Brendon Goddard was a Saint but he's not a saviour.

The contest is up

Recovery session

Michael Gleeson Only two top-eight sides – Carlton and Fremantle – are in the top-eight sides for winning clearances.

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AFL

Geelong home final gains support

Simonds Stadium.

Michael Gleeson The idea of Geelong playing a home final seems not just possible but probable.

AFL

St Kilda CEO Michael Nettlefold quits

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Michael Gleeson St Kilda chief executive Michael Nettlefold has quit the club after a four year tenure.

AFL

Where now for Buddy?

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Michael Gleeson This final was a must win for this team, which had tasted the bitterness of defeat last year.

Watters gives Saints a tweak

Welcome return:  Lenny Hayes, in his comeback game after injury, tackles Swan Mitch Morton last night at Etihad Stadium.

Michael Gleeson Immediate signs of a new look at St Kilda under the new coach.

Learning curve

Orren Stephenson wins a hit-out for the Cats.

Michael Gleeson Michael Gleeson has a look at some of the highs and lows during week two.

RIP: The press

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Michael Gleeson Expect bolder play and high-scoring shootouts as a new offensive strategy kicks in, based on last year's grand final.

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Lyon gets Dockers to fire

Dean Polo handballs away from Fremantle's Michael Barlow.

Michael Gleeson This was football as St Kilda knew it, as Ross Lyon plays it. It is often not attractive, but it has its uses.

Recovery Session

Keeping up appearances

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Michael Gleeson Time in possession is the latest statistic to get coaches' juices flowing.

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