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.

AFL

Bombers ponder Buddy-less Hawks

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

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

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.

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

Hot or cold?

Seeking an edge: North Melbourne in Utah.

Michael Gleeson The choice appeared simple: go high; get hot; or go nowhere to go somewhere.

AFL

Collingwood sacks veteran recruiter Noel Judkins

Noel Judkins.

Michael Gleeson A part-time Collingwood recruiter has been sacked for passing on information about players to Essendon.

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.

AFL

West to head north as Lions restore some pride

Trent West.

Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Emma Quayle Brisbane Lions and St Kilda shape as major factors on the final day of the trading period.

AFL

How your club fared in the free agency and trade period

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Compiled by Emma Quayle and Michael Gleeson It has taken three weeks but the AFL free agency and trade period has finally ended. Emma Quayle and Michael Gleeson examine which clubs 'won' and which didn't.

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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

Little surprise as new Bomber chief backs Hird

That's all: Paul Little makes his media statement outside Essendon's headquarters.

Michael Gleeson Paul Little's first words as new chairman of Essendon as brief as they were unsurprising.

AFL

Hird remains defiant about his future

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Michael Gleeson Essendon is likely to go it alone from its coach James Hird, who still says he is unlikely to step down.

AFL

Lance Franklin centrepiece of looming player movements

Lance Franklin.

Michael Gleeson It is highly unlikely Lance Franklin will move as part of a trade rather than as a result of activating his free agency rights.

AFL

Hawks secure big man Ben McEvoy from St Kilda

St Kilda's Ben McEvoy, left.

Michael Gleeson and Emma Quayle St Kilda boldly traded ruck Ben McEvoy as part of a move that will see it end up with three draft picks inside the top 20 and recruit another mature ruckman such as Darren Jolly.

AFL

Dockers keeping Gumbleton waiting

Scott Gumbleton.

Emma Quayle and Michael Gleeson Fremantle works through Essendon forward's medical assessment.