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

The benefit of losing Buddy

Michael Gleeson Who would they have lost? Would it have been Cyril? What about Jack Gunston?

AFL

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.

AFL

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?''

Hawthorn's great escape

Eyes on the ball

Michael Gleeson and Greg Baum Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson was simply happy to get the win, while Essendon's Mark Thompson was almost happy with the loss.

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.

AFL

Michael Barlow injury adds to Fremantle's woes for grand final rematch

Fremantle midfielder Michael Barlow has suffered a knee injury.

Michael Gleeson The pendulum swung slightly back to the champion in the grand final after a third key Docker was confirmed to miss Friday night's match at the MCG.

Pain runs deep for brave Crows

Lance Franklin.

Michael Gleeson Adelaide came to the MCG intent to shock and determined to mock expectations that it was the undeserving easybeat finalist. That the Crows came so close left the players in despair.

AFL

Lake to help Hawks shore up defence

Switching clubs: Brian Lake (right) is a Hawk.

Michael Gleeson Western Bulldogs fullback will be traded to Hawthorn for a first round draft pick.

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AFL

One wrong step puts Crows on the back foot

Taylor Walker

Michael Gleeson Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson may have to overhaul forward set-up.

Gunston in Hawthorn support role

Michael Gleeson Jack Gunston was brought in to play a lead-up role for Hawthorn.

Franklin caught out on a wing

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

Tigers show early promise

Eyes up: Lance Franklin (left) and Alex Rance go for the ball.

Michael Gleeson and Peter Hanlon They were only abbreviated pre-season games, but Richmond had reason to cheer.

AFL

A humbled Pie to flick the flop

Humbled Pie: Ben Reid.

Michael Gleeson Both Ben Reid and Ryan Schoenmakers have had six months to labour with odious memories.

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Bone-jarring collision could sideline Hawk

Luke Breust

Jesse Hogan, Michael Gleeson Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson is relieved that a week's rest is likely to be the worst-case outcome for Luke Breust after the brutal body clash he endured late in the Hawks' 56-point thumping of...

Hawks get the game they wanted

Lance Franklin

Michael Gleeson The fact that this was the sort of game Hawthorn wanted was measured by the game not played at the MCG but by the one at Docklands yesterday.