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.

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Demons in massive loss to Eagles

Michael Gleeson In the first term Melbourne failed to get a centre hit out, they failed to get a centre clearance. they failed to get a goal.

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Defender James Frawley puts contract talks with Melbourne Demons on hold

James Frawley.

Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall Melbourne key defender James Frawley, one of the league's most attractive free agents, has put contract talks on hold until he sees 'the direction of the club' in 2014.

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New coach Paul Roos shocked by Demons' scars

Melbourne Coach Paul Roos.

Michael Gleeson Paul Roos was expecting to find some 'scarring' when he arrived at Melbourne. But he was shocked by what he found.

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Demons will be patient in search for Roos' successor

Paul Roos.

Michael Gleeson Melbourne might wait for 12 months to appoint Paul Roos' successor as senior coach.

Perceptions punish Demons, but Dogs are none too rosy

Michael-Gleeson-sport-dinks

Michael Gleeson Melbourne has won one game; the Western Bulldogs have won one game.

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Demons' fighting spirit gives Neeld some hope

Demons v Tigers

Michael Gleeson The Demons did part of what was asked of them - they tried. The next question, of turning effort into victory, remains some time away.

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Moloney left Demons after 'snub' over captaincy

Brent Moloney.

Michael Gleeson Former Melbourne vice-captain Brent Moloney left the club because he was upset at not being named captain.

Jurrah quits Demons

Liam Jurrah.

Michael Gleeson Controversial Melbourne forward Liam Jurrah has stunningly quit the Demons in the hope he can continue his football career with one of the Adelaide clubs.

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Port in the hunt after Jurrah quits Demons

Liam Jurrah

Michael Gleeson Liam Jurrah still wants to play football because he knows what it means for his people, and it makes him happy.

Demons push past drama

Melbourne coach Mark Neeld.

Michael Gleeson THE summer of headlines were about history at the club and did not impact on the Melbourne players of the present, Demons coach Mark Neeld said after his side played its first games following an...

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Coach not to blame, say Demons players

Melbourne midfielder Nathan Jones

Michael Gleeson and Jon Pierik Melbourne's leaders bewildered by stinging criticism directed towards their coach.

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Exercising the Demons

Time to sweat: Melbourne players train under the watchful eyes of Mark Neeld and  Neil Craig.

Michael Gleeson The Melbourne players have almost doubled the running sessions this pre-season.

Demons ready to play to their strengths

Brent Moloney.

Michael Gleeson Coach Mark Neeld has favoured strong bodies over the ball and winning every contest.

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Paul Roos savages Melbourne players for shocking errors

Demons coach Paul Roos watches his players being outplayed by the Eagles.

Michael Gleeson Paul Roos has begun compiling a dossier of the Melbourne players who can't perform the non-negotiables of football as he forecast savage changes to the team over the coming weeks following their...

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Peter Moore hopes son goes to old club Collingwood

Collingwood legend: Peter Moore.

Michael Gleeson Former Collingwood captain and dual Brownlow medallist Peter Moore is hopeful his talented son Darcy follows his footsteps and is taken by his old club.

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AIS specialists asked for second opinion on Chris Dawes calf injury

Chris Dawes has been frustrated at his inability to be out on the field.

Michael Gleeson Melbourne forward Chris Dawes has flown to Canberra to be assessed by Australian Institute of Sport specialists for a second opinion on the problems with his calf muscles

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Demon Luke Tapscott injures knee

Melbourne's Luke Tapscott

Michael Gleeson Midfielder Luke Tapscott is set to miss Melbourne's AFL pre-season game on February 28 after injuring his right knee in Thursday's intra-club hitout.

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Rival AFL clubs ready to pounce on hesitant Melbourne defender James Frawley

James Frawley.

Michael Gleeson James Frawley has had seven coaches in eight seasons at Melbourne. Three sacked, three picked up the pieces, now one has arrived to put an end to that nonsense.

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Roos and Dees a love match

Dom Barry and Rohan Bail of the Demons celebrate a goal.

Michael Gleeson It was only a summer glimpse, but a palpably different Melbourne side took the field on Friday night.

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James Frawley wants Paul Roos to extend his contract at Melbourne

Melbourne Fun Day

Michael Gleeson Defender's stay at Melbourne hinges on how long new coach stays.