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.

AFL

Adelaide smashes St Kilda

Scott Thompson of the Crows handballs during the match against St Kilda.

Michael Gleeson St Kilda suffers the sort of loss that had been forecast to be its lot this year.

AFL

Exposing the Tigers' underbelly

Recovery session

Michael Gleeson Five wins and six losses since round 19 last year: that is where Richmond is at. Just another mid-table side that needs things going right.

AFL

Carlton holds out Adelaide for narrow win

Eddie Betts celebrates a fourth-quarter goal.

Michael Gleeson Carlton has withstood a late flourish from former Blue Eddie Betts to record a tense five-point win over Adelaide at the MCG.

Everywhere man - that's Sam Gilbert

His cup of tea: Sam Gilbert is keen to get his chance in the midfield.

Michael Gleeson The Saint's versatility has earned him an on-ball role, writes Michael Gleeson.

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.

AFL

North's first win may be costly

North's Drew Petrie marks from Brisbane's Daniel Merrett.

Michael Gleeson Key forward Drew Petrie reported for a bump on Brisbane's Rohan Bewick

AFL

AFL pushes the friendship

Chris Scott

Michael Gleeson AFL message meant to clarify issue of contact in marking contests only serves to further muddy the issue.

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AFL

Nothing to rue this week

Brent Harvey.

Michael Gleeson Brent Harvey celebrates his 350th game with a four-goal haul in North Melbourne's 68-point win over St Kilda.

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AFL

This time, a twist in Roos tale

Brent Harvey.

Michael Gleeson The what-if side of football offered another what-if game. It was a what-if game with a twist on those played before them this year.

AFL

Northern force

Recovery session

Michael Gleeson Which team from outside the top four will be able to take it up to top sides in the finals?

AFL

Blues want Betts 'at the right price'

Eddie Betts.

Jon Pierik and Michael Gleeson Goalsneak can pursue significant offers from Adelaide and North Melbourne.

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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.

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.

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.

Working class mullet

The Mullet: Ivan Maric and his hairstyle are loved by crowds, coaches and players alike.

Michael Gleeson Ivan Maric doesn't say much, but the hard at it ruckman is a cult hero at Richmond.

Besieged Blues feeling squeeze

Crowing: Kurt Tippett is congratulated by teammates after a goal, while Carlton's Matthew Kreuzer gets to his feet.

Michael Gleeson After a bright start, Carlton suffers a big loss at home to an energetic Adelaide Crows outfit.

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.