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.

Paddy Ryder to meet Ken Hinkley as AFL trade intrigue begins

Paddy Ryder.

Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall It was the talk before the trades with all but two AFL clubs gathering at the Westpac Centre on Tuesday to informally begin discussions on the month ahead.

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

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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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Close call with Port raises questions for Hawks

Waiting game: Will Brad Sewell return to Hawthorn's side for the grand final?

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn hurt by space and run. Does Brad Sewell come in against the bigger bodied Sydney Swans? What about Ben McEvoy for Jon Ceglar?

Hawks pair Cyril Rioli and Brad Sewell not ruled out for grand final start

Brad Sewell remains a chance to play in the AFL Grand Final should Hawthorn qualify.

Michael Gleeson Cyril Rioli and Brad Sewell could yet play in the grand final if the Hawks make it, Alastair Clarkson said.

Why North Melbourne didn't go north - and hasn't gone south

Kangaroos fans show their support as players head out during a North Melbourne training session at the Arden Street Ground on Thursday.

Michael Gleeson When North Melbourne chose to be Kangaroos known for shinbones not white shoes, who lived in Arden Street not Carrara they made a decision in the knowledge they would be a smaller club.

Not right, not wrong, but cause for debate

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Michael Gleeson This is the team that plays no-one that represents everyone, and so pleases no-one and everyone.

Recovery Session: Boom, boom, boom, go back to your room

Brent Harvey (right) with Nick Dal Santo and Luke McDonald during a North Melbourne training session on Monday.

Michael Gleeson Brent Harvey has been done by the Little Aussie Bleeder Joel Selwood.

Kangaroos pip Cats by six points to enter preliminary final

Geelong's James Kelly is taken down by North's Andrew Swallow.

Michael Gleeson North Melbourne advances to its first preliminary final since 2007 after upsetting Geelong by six points.

Free agent James Frawley fields big offers

Likely to move: James Frawley.

Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall Sought-after Melbourne free agent James Frawley has spent the weekend in Perth meeting the Dockers.

No grey area when it comes to Power star's worth

Red-hot is just one of the shades of Robbie Gray, releasing a handball clear of Stephen Hill.

Michael Gleeson Robbie Gray was overpaid when he signed his last contract. That was the feeling anyway. It was only by a little, but it was 2012 and the Power had to pay someone.

North Melbourne goes into preliminary final brimming with confidence

Brent Harvey grapples with Geelong's Joel Selwood during Friday night's semi-final.

Michael Gleeson North Melbourne goes into its first preliminary final in seven years supremely confident.

Young Cats make mark in disappointing finals exit

A dejected Tom Hawkins after the narrow loss to North Melbourne.

Michael Gleeson Bitterly disappointed at losing and exiting the finals in straight sets, Chris Scott took some comfort in the fact that when the team was most challenged, it was his young captain and full-forward...

An ill-chosen wind, and Tigers are humbled again

Port looked complete, Richmond looked completely outclassed.

Michael Gleeson Within 17 minutes this game was over and with it Richmond's thrillingly resurgent season.

Tigers' season no false dawn despite finals fade-out

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Michael Gleeson The season was a success, the finals a failure, Damien Hardwick soberly, bitterly, opined.

Heritier Lumumba and Collingwood set to part ways over slur

Staying on: Heritier Lumumba of the Magpies.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood is likely to part ways with premiership player Hertier Lumumba after he criticised the club for not acting on a homophobic slur and after a series of intense discussions in recent weeks...

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No 'slur' link to Heritier Lumumba's move

Collingwood's Heritier Lumumba, seen here in a tangle with Carlton's Andrejs Everitt, has met Melbourne coach Paul Roos about a move to the Demons.

Michael Gleeson Heritier Lumumba’s likely departure from Collingwood was not a product of him reacting to a perceived gay slur, according to his manager.

Magpies make a pitch for Mitch Clark

Attracting interest: Mitch Clark.

Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall Collingwood is among the clubs interested in Melbourne forward/ruckman Mitch Clark who is understood to favour a fresh start away from the Demons if he is to make his return to AFL football.

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Clash jumper irrelevant, says Richmond coach Damien Hardwick

Michael Gleeson Richmond coach Damien Hardwick said he understood Port Adelaide's frustration in being told it could not wear its traditional strip in Sunday's final against Richmond, but felt it was irrelevant to...

Dustin Martin makes giant strides with the Tigers

Richmond's Nathan Gordon and Dustin Martin celebrate victory over Sydney.

Michael Gleeson Dustin Martin almost a Giant, always a Tiger.

Magpie Heritier Lumumba not retired, not quitting

Heritier Lumumba is still happy to be a Pie.

Michael Gleeson Chatter about walk-outs at Collingwood swept the Twittersphere on Tuesday.