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.

Lance Franklin boots five as Swans down Bombers

Michael Gleeson Lance Franklin flexed his muscles and Sydney did the same in an eventful 50-point victory over Essendon.

AFL

Bombers face tough challenge in Federal Court

Generic QC with legal books.

Michael Gleeson The sweeping nature of the ASADA Act makes Essendon's task of proving the drug body acted illegally a tough argument.

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?''

AFL

Bombers and Saints keen to entice Longer

Billy Longer

Michael Gleeson, Emma Quayle and Jake Niall Essendon and St Kilda have both met uncommitted and out-of-contract Brisbane ruckman in an attempt to persuade him to return to Melbourne.

Bombers could redraft Prismall

Bombers midfielder Brent Prismall.

Jesse Hogan and Michael Gleeson Brent Prismall retains a glimmer of hope of earning at least a fifth season at Essendon.

Football

Bombers keep status quo

Essendon versus Western Bulldogs.

Emma Quayle and Michael Gleeson The Bombers didn't appear to have implemented any major positional shifts.

Bombers look to newbie Kommer

Ready to go: Nick Kommer is likely to debut for Essendon on Friday.

Michael Gleeson Bombers enter opener against Adelaide with almost a full line-up from which to choose.

AFL rivals run out of patience with Essendon as saga drags on

Sherrin football

Jon Pierik, Michael Gleeson and Caroline Wilson Essendon has lost the support of the other 17 AFL clubs over its ongoing handling of its drugs investigation.

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Dustin Fletcher has played his last game ... for the year

Dustin Fletcher has finished the season on 393 matches.

Michael Gleeson Essendon veteran Dustin Fletcher will not play again this year after agreeing to finger surgery. Whether he plays again is yet to be decided.

AFL

Geelong hangs on for win against Essendon

Essendon's Paul Chapman grabs hold of his fomer teammate, Cat Joel Selwood, during the round 15 game at Etihad Stadium on Friday.

Michael Gleeson Steven Motlop's brilliance proved the difference as Geelong rallied in the last term for a pulsating nine-point win over Essendon.

AFL

Essendon coach rues another loss after taking the lead

Essendon's Jake Melksham has a word with his coach Mark Thompson during a break.

Michael Gleeson Essendon coach Mark Thompson has challenged his side's habit - or culture - of only starting to play once it had given up sizeable leads.

AFL

Alex Fasolo injury sours Collingwood comeback

Joe Daniher (left) of the Bombers contests the ball against Alex Fasolo (centre) and Brodie Grundy of the Magpies.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood staged a stunning comeback to win an entertaining Anzac Day but the win came at a cost with Alex Fasolo suffering yet another injury.

AFL

Rioli magic takes game from Dons

Cyril Rioli celebrates his match-winning goal.

Michael Gleeson The Hawks had led. They trailed. They had less than a minute to go. They had Cyril Rioli.

AFL

Leg gash keeps St Kilda's David Armitage in hospital

David Armitage leaves the ground after his knee injury on Sunday.

Michael Gleeson St Kilda midfielder David Armitage remains in hospital four days after slashing his knee open in the weekend's loss to Adelaide.

AFL

Swans were at the top of their game, says Mark Thompson

Michael Gleeson The Swans were exceptional, but won playing a game that is unlikely to be sustained through into September, according to Essendon coach Mark Thompson.

AFL

Show-cause notices no excuse for defeat, say David Zaharakis and Essendon

David Zaharakis celebrates a goal against Melbourne on Sunday.

Michael Gleeson and Emma Quayle The threat of doping bans after the issuing of show-cause notices had nothing to do with Essendon’s loss and the players hated that outsiders would use it as an excuse for their defeat, Bombers...

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

Hawks chance their arm, as GWS feast on more talent

Dayle Garlett

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn took the biggest gamble of Thursday night's draft giving the enormously talented yet troubled small forward Dayle Garlett the chance he had sought but was denied last year.

AFL

Less is more now Paul Chapman's mantra

Happy: Essendon's new recruit, Paul Chapman.

Michael Gleeson This year the 2009 Norm Smith medallist will budget for 16 games for the season.

AFL

Jobe Watson says Essendon is determined not to waste 2014

Jobe Watson

Michael Gleeson Mark Thompson was determined when he took over as Essendon coach during James Hird's suspension that the job would not be a ''wasted season'', Bombers captain Jobe Watson said.