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

Geelong hangs on for win against Essendon

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

The Witt of Buckley

Still learning: Magpie ruckman Jarrod Witts is from a rugby background.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood has tall players who play well as small men and small men who are big men in little bodies.

AFL

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.

AFL

North's five goals in 10 minutes destroy Demons

Let me through: Todd Goldstein evades an attempted tackle by Demon Lynden Dunn.

Michael Gleeson In a game that spanned two hours it was just 10 minutes of play that was the critical difference. The difference in the contest, in the score and in the class.

AFL

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 This is not a new statement, nor is it an outdated one.

AFL

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.

AFL

Why the Hawks have the wood on Collingwood

Hard-pressed: Hawthorn players, at training on Friday, have stretched Collingwood for years.

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn's approach to games against Collingwood in recent years has been something akin to Shane Warne bowling to Daryll Cullinan. Warne wished he could do it for a career.

Eddie McGuire blasts Geelong president Colin Carter as a 'Hall of Fame hypocrite'

Geelong president Colin Carter.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood president Eddie McGuire calls Geelong president Colin Carter a hall of fame hypocrite over equalisation.

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.

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.

AFL

Pies rise as Blues and game fall flat

Carlton's Heath Scotland finds himself under pressure.

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

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AFL

Tigers teeter on the brink

Getting physical: Steven Morris and Mathew Stokes.

Michael Gleeson Richmond was encouraged by a change in its attack on the game but was still frustrated to have to content itself with the fact it had lost again – its fifth in seven games as its finals hopes slide.

AFL

The benefit of losing Buddy

Hawks Lance Franklin, Jack Gunston and Paul Puopolo celebrate their 2013 grand final win.

Michael Gleeson Who would they have lost? Would it have been Cyril? What about Jack Gunston?

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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.

AFL

Leigh Montagna says St Kilda will play finals in next few years

Leigh Montagna (centre) trains at Moorabbin Oval on Sunday.

Michael Gleeson St Kilda can mimic Port Adelaide and rapidly regenerate and resurrect from the ladder lower reaches in sharp time, according to Leigh Montagna.

AFL

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.

AFL

Blues' second term blows Saints away

Carlton and St Kilda players get up close and personal during Monday night's game.

Michael Gleeson Carlton's eight-goal second quarter earns it a gritty 32-point win against St Kilda.

AFL

For Saints and Tigers it's Riewoldt or bust

Recovery session

Michael Gleeson We need to talk about Riewoldt. Either one, take your pick it doesn't matter which cousin you choose the issue is roughly the same.

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.