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 relent as Stewart Crameri is finally traded to the Western Bulldogs

Michael Gleeson Reluctantly submitting to the inevitable Essendon finally relented and accepted that pick 26 was good as it was going to get for losing Stewart Crameri to the Western Bulldogs.

AFL

Bulldogs drop Cross after loss to Suns

Daniel Cross.

Michael Gleeson Western Bulldogs veteran Daniel Cross dropped as club responds to sobering loss to Gold Coast.

AFL

Bulldogs and Carlton count cost of serious injuries

Jermemy Laidler lies on the ground ans Lachlan Henderson calls for assistance.

Michael Gleeson Bulldog Tom Williams and Carlton's Jeremy Laidler seriously injured in pre-season clash.

Cordy proves ace forward for Bulldogs

Too powerful: Bulldog Ayce Cordy stops Port Adelaide's Darren Pfeiffer in his tracks.

Michael Gleeson Western Bulldogs show poor marksmanship but still down Port by 38 points.

At home or away, the umpire pays no favours

Free to celebrate: Joy for Geelong after a thrilling win against Fremantle at the weekend.

Michael Gleeson Loud, boisterous, braying parochial home crowds in most cases do not influence an umpire’s decisions, according to umpires director Wayne Campbell.

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Power forwards in great demand

Recovery session

Michael Gleeson Richmond desperately needs an elite tall forward. This is not a new statement, nor is it an outdated one.

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Victorian clubs scrambling for Kristian Jaksch

Kristian Jaksch (left) and Tom Boyd (right) of the Giants celebrate with teammates after defeating Carlton on Sunday.

Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson Carlton and the Western Bulldogs interested in out of contract Giants key defender.

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AFL's growing band of religious players

AFL footballers who call on God

Michael Gleeson In a sport that is a religion, many of the players themselves are religious.

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Griffen in line for Dogs return

Running again: Bulldogs captain  Ryan Griffen.

Michael Gleeson Western Bulldogs captain Ryan Griffen is a chance to finally lead the club on the field.

AFL

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.

Should Carlton let Bryce Gibbs go?

Bryce Gibbs.

Michael Gleeson Bryce Gibbs recently asked to sit down with Carlton to discuss its plans for the future so he could better decide his own plans. Carlton’s prospectus has since changed. So too has Gibbs’.

AFL

Sliding Dawes: Demon was nearly a Bulldog

Chris Dawes

Michael Gleeson Had things turned out only slightly differently, Chris Dawes would have been running out this week against Melbourne, not for the Demons.

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Facebook, fans and footy: How relevant is your club?

The Western Bulldogs have become invisible.

Michael Gleeson When big AFL clubs are successful they appear even bigger again. When those clubs are not winning they somehow still seem to appear almost as big and interesting.

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Jack Frost and Chris Dawes: opponents who embody list overhaul at Collingwood

Jack Frost tangles with Dom Tyson of Melbourne.

Michael Gleeson Chris Dawes and Jack Frost had never met. They shared a link and suddenly a place on the MCG, but they did not know one another.

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

Mature-aged rookie Matt Thomas set to debut for Richmond

Matt Thomas

Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson Mature-aged recruit Matt Thomas is almost assured of joining former Blue Shaun Hampson in making his debut for Richmond in the round-one clash on the Gold Coast on Saturday night.

AFL

Former Swan Andrejs Everitt backs Sydney's cost of living allowance

Andrejs Everitt.

Michael Gleeson Sydney received qualified support for the retention of the contentious cost of living allowance from former Swan Andrejs Everitt, now back domiciled in Melbourne.

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Carlton ruckman Matthew Kreuzer set for surprise early return from injury

Matthew Kreuzer.

Michael Gleeson Carlton ruckman likely to be a surprise inclusion for the club's next NAB Challenge game.

AFL

Gumbleton out with hamstring injury

Scott Gumbleton receives treatment for an injured hamstring.

Michael Gleeson Scott Gumbleton's career as a Docker has begun much the way of his tormented career at Essendon.

AFL

Next gen shows for Dogs

Got it: Matthew Pavlich marks for Fremantle.

Michael Gleeson Fremantle shows great improvement, downing the Bulldogs by 28 points.