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

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

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

AFL

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 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.

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.

AFL

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.

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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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Collingwood to give Tom Langdon his debut

Tom Langdon.

Michael Gleeson and Jon Pierik Collingwood is almost certain to include first-gamer Tom Langdon for the opening round.

AFL

Pies docked and decked in first round

Got you: Collingwood’s Brent Macaffer wraps up Docker big man Aaron Sandilands.

Michael Gleeson Despite some big talk from the Collingwood chief Gary Pert, the Pies were simply not up to the task, losing by a whopping 70 points.

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AFL

Buckley re-signs for two years

Magpies coach Nathan Buckley

Michael Gleeson Collingwood has re-signed its coach Nathan Buckley for a further two years.

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AFL

Nick Maxwell optimistic that Collingwood will challenge for flag

Nick Maxwell.

Michael Gleeson Nick Maxwell declares Collingwood would not drop away this season and would contend for the flag.

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Collingwood sacks veteran recruiter Noel Judkins

Noel Judkins.

Michael Gleeson A part-time Collingwood recruiter has been sacked for passing on information about players to Essendon.

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Fit Alex Fasolo set to return for Collingwood

On way back: Injured Alex Fasolo.

Michael Gleeson After almost a year out with a stress fracture in his foot, Alex Fasolo is likely to return.

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Magpie coach Nathan Buckley pleased with umpiring attitude

Michael Gleeson The relaxed umpiring approach in the opening pre-season game of the year was ''heartening'', said Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley, who urged officials to maintain the more liberal policing of the...

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Bombers and Saints keen to entice Longer

Billy Longer

Michael Gleeson, Emma Quayle and Jake Niall Essendon and St Kilda have both met uncommitted and out-of-contract Brisbane ruckman in an attempt to persuade him to return to Melbourne.

AFL

Club-by-club guide to the trade period

Sherrin

Michael Gleeson Memo to AFL players: while holidaying in Bali you now have new teammates.