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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Michael Gleeson Paul Roos was expecting to find some 'scarring' when he arrived at Melbourne. But he was shocked by what he found.
Michael Gleeson Melbourne might wait for 12 months to appoint Paul Roos' successor as senior coach.
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...
Michael Gleeson Melbourne has won one game; the Western Bulldogs have won one game.
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.
Michael Gleeson Former Melbourne vice-captain Brent Moloney left the club because he was upset at not being named captain.
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.
Michael Gleeson Liam Jurrah still wants to play football because he knows what it means for his people, and it makes him happy.
Michael Gleeson The Melbourne players have almost doubled the running sessions this pre-season.
Michael Gleeson Coach Mark Neeld has favoured strong bodies over the ball and winning every contest.
Michael Gleeson and Jon Pierik Melbourne's leaders bewildered by stinging criticism directed towards their coach.
Michael Gleeson Collingwood defender Heritier Lumumba has nominated Melbourne as the club he wants to be traded to.
Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall Sought-after Melbourne free agent James Frawley has spent the weekend in Perth meeting the Dockers.
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.
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.