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.

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Pies docked and decked in first round

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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Nathan Buckley concedes Collingwood were 'slaughtered'

Nathan Buckley

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

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Magpies take a look at newcomers, Cats pick one new face

Collingwood's Clinton Young.

Michael Gleeson Geelong and Collingwood name their squads for the first NAB Challenge match on Wednesday night.

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Nick Maxwell optimistic that Collingwood will challenge for flag

Nick Maxwell.

Michael Gleeson Nick Maxwell declares Collingwood would not drop away this season and would contend for the flag.

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Nathan Buckley denies personality clashes with departed stars

Nathan Buckley.

Michael Gleeson The moves of Heath Shaw and Dale Thomas from Collingwood were not the product of personality clashes, says Magpies coach Nathan Buckley.

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No brats or rats in the Pies ranks

Dane Swan is chased by Tom Liberatore.

Michael Gleeson Nathan Buckley's purported problem with the group, uncreatively named the Rat Pack - or Brat Pack depending on your age - is that the monastic former teammate's disciplinary ways were too onerous and...

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What makes the Magpies work?

Jamie Elliott

Michael Gleeson The Magpies are back on the same page, with some fresh (albeit) faces.

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Cometh the hour

Luke Hodge

Michael Gleeson The weekend's finals proved there is no substitute for experience in big games.

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Magpie denies Bucks war

Collingwood's Scott Pendlebury

Jon Pierik and Michael Gleeson Scott Pendlebury admits Pies "just a middle-of-the-rung side", but denies they need a rebuild.

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Departing Pies miss award night

Michael Gleeson Selfishness had crept into Collingwood this year, which was why the club had acted so aggressively in the off-season with changes that had been made to the list and more broadly about the club, club...

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Departing Pies miss award night

On the way out: Dale Thomas and Heath Shaw.

Michael Gleeson Dale Thomas and Heath Shaw yet to officially leave, but indicate just how much of a formality that is.

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I'll miss rat pack: sad Swan

Dane Swan.

Michael Gleeson Midfielder insists Nathan Buckley had no problem with "rat pack" this year.

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Pendlebury lashes Collingwood midfielders

David Zaharakis after the game.

Michael Gleeson As Essendon celebrated finally overcoming Collingwood on Anzac Day and breaking a seven-game winless record against the Magpies, Collingwood acting captain Scott Pendlebury lashed his fellow...

Magpies wait for Williams

Marley Williams

Michael Gleeson As Collingwood contemplates how to stop the freedom with which better sides open it up, the first consideration was how to restructure its back line.

Steeled Pies hold off Saints

On the run: St Kilda's Arryn Siposs is chased by Magpie Nathan Brown.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood fights off a valiant St Kilda in a tight clash, prevailing by 26 points.

Buckley looks for consistency as Pies stumble again

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley speaks to his players at quarter-time.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood has found its level for the inconsistent effort it is displaying at the moment, coach says.

Hudson adds depth to the Magpies

Ben Hudson.

Michael Gleeson Darren Jolly was rested from the second game with a Pies newbie, that young chap Ben Hudson joining in.

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Elliott leads the dance

Arm in arm: Carlton’s Chris Judd nabs Dane Swan.

Michael Gleeson Spirited Pies ensure their former coach Mick Malthouse stays winless in 2013.

Stop press: the tagger's back

Tagger Ryan Crowley.

Michael Gleeson They never really went away. Not really. Not in a flick pass, drop kick kind of way.

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Magpies' elephant in the Cloke room

Travis Cloke.

Michael Gleeson Travis Cloke is this year's Tom Scully. Will he? Won't he? How many hearts will be broken if he does?

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