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.

Melbourne Demons still have a long way to go

Michael Gleeson The most galling thing of Melbourne's limp 10-goal defeat by Greater Western Sydney on Sunday was they were actually trying to win. That has not always been able to be said.

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Demons in massive loss to Eagles

Josh Kennedy of the 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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Collingwood downs Demons in Queen's Birthday clash

Scott Pendlebury was workmanlike, but possibly the best player on the ground.

Michael Gleeson The first stage of Paul Roos' reconstruction of Melbourne was to ensure the Demons were never out of games. This he has achieved in part. The next stage is to get the side into games.

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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.

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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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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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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.

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...

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.

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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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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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.

Melbourne coach Paul Roos sounds out disgruntled Magpie Heritier Lumumba

Heritier Lumumba.

Caroline Wilson, Jon Pierik and Michael Gleeson Paul Roos has been the first AFL coach to sound out disgruntled Magpie Heritier Lumumba after it was revealed Collingwood could trade the 27-year-old.

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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