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

North's five goals in 10 minutes destroy Demons

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.

AFL

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.

AFL

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.

AFL

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.

AFL

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.

AFL

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.

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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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...

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.

Perceptions punish Demons, but Dogs are none too rosy

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

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AFL

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.

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.

AFL

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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AFL

Victorian clubs scrambling for Kristian Jaksch

Kristian Jaksch (left) and Tom Boyd (right) of the Giants celebrate with teammates after defeating Carlton on Sunday.

Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson Carlton and the Western Bulldogs interested in out of contract Giants key defender.

AFL

Sliding Dawes: Demon was nearly a Bulldog

Chris Dawes

Michael Gleeson Had things turned out only slightly differently, Chris Dawes would have been running out this week against Melbourne, not for the Demons.

Dour Dees force Pies to slug it out

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.

AFL

Umpires - Don't blame us for your game

Michael Gleeson AFL director of umpiring Wayne Campbell says uncontested play, not poor umpiring, was the reason for the low number of free kicks during the tedious Queen's Birthday match between Collingwood and...

AFL

Show-cause notices no excuse for defeat, say David Zaharakis and Essendon

David Zaharakis celebrates a goal against Melbourne on Sunday.

Michael Gleeson and Emma Quayle The threat of doping bans after the issuing of show-cause notices had nothing to do with Essendon’s loss and the players hated that outsiders would use it as an excuse for their defeat, Bombers...