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 rise as Blues and game fall flat

Michael Gleeson Carlton and Collingwood had all the ingredients, but as a dish it failed to rise.

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Blues' blue: wardrobe malfunction sees Carlton in wrong shorts

Carlton players walk out in white shorts when they should have been wearing blue shorts instead.

Michael Gleeson Only minutes before Friday night’s AFL game was to start, commence the Carlton players were hastily changing shorts in the race under the stand at Etihad Stadium.

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Blues midfielder Bryce Gibbs will wear a hand brace in round one

First Elimination Final.Richmond v Carlton. Richmond's Alex Rance chases Carlton's Bryce Gibbs at the MCG.8th September 2013.Picture Sebastian Costanzo. The Age.

Michael Gleeson Gibbs will wear a brace on a hand in the opening round after sustaining an injury last week.

AFL

Betts puts contract talks on hold at Blues

Eddie Betts

Michael Gleeson Carlton forward Eddie Betts has put off contract talks until the end of the season.

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Coffee has Staker in frame for Blues

Brent Staker.

Michael Gleeson Brent Staker, a veteran of 154 games was shown through the Blues' Visy Park facilities.

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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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History is looking unkindly on Blues coach

Carlton coach Brett Ratten.

Michael Gleeson Robert Walls was two years from holding up a Carlton premiership cup when he was sacked as coach.

Scotland bolsters mix for Blues

Helping hand: New Blue Dylan Buckley gets a pat on the back from Heath Scotland.

Michael Gleeson Carlton is winless, Geelong yet to lose, yet little divides them.

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Jamison's run: a bright spot in Blues' defence

Recovery session

Michael Gleeson Defender's run one of the pieces that has fallen neatly into place for Mick Malthouse

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Murphy's jaw for Blues as skipper felled

Marc Murphy.

Michael Gleeson Carlton captain Marc Murphy was taken to hospital with a suspected broken jaw that could sideline him for more than a month.

Exciting Saints give Carlton blues

What he Saad: Saints players celebrate a goal with rookie Ahmed Saad, centre, in the win over Carlton last night.

Michael Gleeson When it was a good side, playing and not quite winning grand finals, St Kilda never looked this good. The Saints were effective but they never looked quite like this.

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.

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Blues put it all on the line

Carlton coach Brett Ratten

Michael Gleeson and Chloe Saltau Carlton's faltering season could revive or fall tonight in a game its rival, Hawthorn, is expecting to be fought with finals intensity.

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Collingwood gets the better of Carlton before a tiny crowd

Carlton's Mitch Robinson handballs as he is grabbed by Collingwood's Steele Sidebottom.

Michael Gleeson This was a Carlton-Collingwood game, but not as you know it.

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Slow Tigers under the pump

Cyril Rioli celebrates a goal in the third quarter.

Michael Gleeson Slow and stilted run, schoolboy errors and the absence of three of its most critical players were behind not only Richmond's belting by Hawthorn on Sunday but its slide from a team that challenged...

Collingwood and Carlton serve up half-baked blockbuster

Michael Gleeson Carlton and Collingwood had all the ingredients, but as a dish it failed to rise.

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St Kilda needs to respond to belting

Coach Alan Richardson (left) at a Saints training session at Moorabbin Oval on Sunday.

Michael Gleeson It's about us not them, says Saints coach Alan Richardson ahead of Monday night's clash with Carlton.

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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.

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Carlton laments what might have been against Geelong

Blues' captain Marc Murphy ponders his side's narrow defeat

Michael Gleeson Two weeks in a row Carlton has walked darkly from defeat feeling jilted. Feeling denied and abused and like someone else was to blame.

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Bryce Gibbs: should he stay or go?

Bryce Gibbs

Michael Gleeson Bryce Gibbs was once a coveted urgent re-signing, but Carlton should now pause to consider.