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

Eddie Betts heads to Crows in $2m deal

Michael Gleeson Carlton free agent Eddie Betts has told the Blues today he wants to leave and will be moving to Adelaide.

Pain runs deep for brave Crows

Lance Franklin.

Michael Gleeson Adelaide came to the MCG intent to shock and determined to mock expectations that it was the undeserving easybeat finalist. That the Crows came so close left the players in despair.

AFL race row: Crows' recruiter resigns

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Michael Gleeson The Adelaide Crows' Matthew Rendell was the recruiter who told the AFL he would be unlikely to draft an indigenous player unless they had a white parent.

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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Adelaide smashes St Kilda

Scott Thompson of the Crows handballs during the match against St Kilda.

Michael Gleeson St Kilda suffers the sort of loss that had been forecast to be its lot this year.

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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.

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Carlton holds out Adelaide for narrow win

Eddie Betts celebrates a fourth-quarter goal.

Michael Gleeson Carlton has withstood a late flourish from former Blue Eddie Betts to record a tense five-point win over Adelaide at the MCG.

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New Blue up and running

Dale Thomas tackles Jason Porplyzia of the Crows during Monday night's match at Etihad Stadium.

Michael Gleeson Just as his team will play better games, Dale Thomas will play better games for his new club Carlton.

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Malthouse not bothered by Carlton's loss to Adelaide

Blues coach Mick Malthouse gives instructions to Levi Casboult during a break in the game at Etihad Stadium.

Michael Gleeson Carlton coach says he wanted players returning from injury to come through unscathed.

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Lions out of hunt for Martin

Sam Lienert and Michael Gleeson Brisbane Lions have joined the list of clubs to rule out recruiting Richmond star Dustin Martin.

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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.

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Sewell on the market

Brad Sewell with coach Alastair Clarkson following the Hawks' grand final victory.

Emma Quayle and Michael Gleeson Hawthorn open to offers for premiership midfielder, with club exploring ways to create additional salary cap space and generate opportunities for its young onballers.

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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

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.

AFL

Club-by-club guide to the trade period

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Michael Gleeson Memo to AFL players: while holidaying in Bali you now have new teammates.

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Lamb chops Sydney, joins Giants as Pies snare White

Jed Lamb.

Michael Gleeson and Emma Quayle Talented young Sydney forward quits the club for cross-town rival Greater Western Sydney.

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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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Essendon lodges Goddard paperwork with AFL

Brendon Goddard at training

Jon Pierik and Michael Gleeson Football's brave new world of free agency has begun with a bang with Saint Brendon Goddard lodging the paperwork for Essendon's four-year offer with the AFL.

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Knights joins Tigers, Chaplin close behind

Chris Knights.

Jon Pierik and Michael Gleeson Richmond's bid to emerge as a legitimate finals aspirant has gained momentum, with the Tigers adding depth and dash through the midfield and almost certainly a key defender on the first day of free...

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Query over Dawes as Pies welcome Lynch

Nathan Buckley and Chris Dawes

Michael Gleeson Chris Dawes will talk with Nathan Buckley to discuss the ramifications for him of the club’s decision to sign West Coast free agent Quinten Lynch.

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