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.

Rubbery situations in last round of season 2014

Michael Gleeson Collingwood seldom defeats Hawthorn with strong teams and this team is anything but strong.

Hawks emerge from the fog to down Geelong

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Michael Gleeson Were you unaware of the history of these teams the transformation from one half of the game to the other would have seemed fanciful.

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Why the Hawks have the wood on Collingwood

Hard-pressed: Hawthorn players, at training on Friday, have stretched Collingwood for years.

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn's approach to games against Collingwood in recent years has been something akin to Shane Warne bowling to Daryll Cullinan. Warne wished he could do it for a career.

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Hawthorn holds out plucky Giants

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 01:  Ryan Schoenmakers of the Hawks is tackled by Jacob Townsend  and Devon Smith of the Giants during the round 11 AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 1, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.

Michael Gleeson Brendon Bolton's first game as coach turns out to be a success.

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.

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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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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.

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Hawks, with lots in reserve

Hawthorn's Luke Hodge is tackled by Lewis Jetta.

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn takes a big step towards going one better than last year with a 54-point win over Sydney.

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Burgoyne's little wins are just what are needed on big stage

Hawthorn's Shaun Burgoyne kicks the goal that finally put the Hawks ahead late in the final quarter.

Michael Gleeson They were small moments, as they all are, but they were big in the telling of the game.

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The building of a machine

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Michael Gleeson Mark Evans wandered smiling onto the MCG, not quite sure where to put himself.

Top gong for son of a gun

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Michael Gleeson Jobe Watson steps emphatically out of the shadow of his father to do one of the few things that famous and awarded player had not: win the Brownlow Medal.

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Franklin puts hand up

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Michael Gleeson Twenty minutes into the second quarter and Hawthorn flooded. Not its forward line, mind you, its back line.

Tigers lift intensity against Hawks

Michael Gleeson The Tigers were the equal of the Hawks for pressure at the ball and the man.

Gunston in Hawthorn support role

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

Eyes on the prize

Focused: Hawk president Andrew Newbold yesterday.

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn moves to eliminate off-field distractions that could sabotage premiership plans.

New names but mostly the same old Pies

Poor defence: Dejected Collingwood players leave the ground after leaking 20 goals to Hawthorn.

Michael Gleeson The Buckley years have begun without obvious punctuation. At least little punctuation.

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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