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.

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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Dane Swan set to return for Magpies

Michael Gleeson Collingwood is likely to welcome back Brownlow medallist Dane Swan as one of several changes to the team this week.

Injury-hit Magpies prove easy prey for Lions

Dayne Zorko celebrates a goal

Michael Gleeson Collingwood devastated by injuries barely before the game begins then get mauled by Lions at the MCG

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Magpies take a look at newcomers, Cats pick one new face

Collingwood's Clinton Young.

Michael Gleeson Geelong and Collingwood name their squads for the first NAB Challenge match on Wednesday night.

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Hawks star joins Magpies

Clinton Young

Michael Gleeson Clinton Young has quit the Hawks and will play for Collingwood next year.

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Buckley's 'almost' Magpies

Nathan Buckley.

Michael Gleeson For Nathan Buckley, it was a year that was almost good enough, but ultimately amounted to nothing.

Hudson adds depth to the Magpies

Ben Hudson.

Michael Gleeson Darren Jolly was rested from the second game with a Pies newbie, that young chap Ben Hudson joining in.

Magpies wait for Williams

Marley Williams

Michael Gleeson As Collingwood contemplates how to stop the freedom with which better sides open it up, the first consideration was how to restructure its back line.

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Magpies all fit and fired up

Nathan Brown

Michael Gleeson Collingwood end last game bullish it has dodged a bullet and is instead left with a selection headache.

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What makes the Magpies work?

Jamie Elliott

Michael Gleeson The Magpies are back on the same page, with some fresh (albeit) faces.

Magpies toast win and absent mate

Sharrod Wellingham (right) talks to Pies coach Nathan Buckley.

Michael Gleeson This Collingwood-West Coast game was imbued with more significance than leaving a team one win from a grand final. It was a win with significance for people as well as club.

Magpies consider young Giant for ruck role

Jonathan Giles

Jake Niall and Michael Gleeson Mindful of the burden on the ageing shoulders of veteran premiership ruck Darren Jolly, Collingwood has shown interest in out of contract Giant Jonathan Giles.

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Magpies' elephant in the Cloke room

Travis Cloke.

Michael Gleeson Travis Cloke is this year's Tom Scully. Will he? Won't he? How many hearts will be broken if he does?

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No backing down for Magpies

Bird battle: Eagle Ashton Hams and Magpie Heath Shaw fight for the ball.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood is confronting a poser: how do you fit eight defenders into six spots?

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Magpie Heritier Lumumba not retired, not quitting

Heritier Lumumba is still happy to be a Pie.

Michael Gleeson Chatter about walk-outs at Collingwood swept the Twittersphere on Tuesday.

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.

Lake scare as Hawthorn cruises home

Brian Lake leaves the ground along with a trainer after sustaining an injury at the MCG on Friday.

Michael Gleeson This game that meant little threatened to become a match that meant so much for Hawthorn.

Tony Armstrong doubles up as Collingwood struck by injuries

Tony Armstrong

Michael Gleeson In the most extraordinary scenes at the MCG, Collingwood's Tony Armstrong has been required to play two games in a day, after the Magpies lost captain Scott Pendlebury and Ben Reid to injuries...

Buckley has never known a game like this

Nathan Buckley at three-quarter-time when the writing was well and truly on the wall.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley could not recall a night as cursed as the miserable one he endured in the team’s loss to the Lions.

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The Witt of Buckley

Still learning: Magpie ruckman Jarrod Witts is from a rugby background.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood has tall players who play well as small men and small men who are big men in little bodies.