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.

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Jared Polec to Port Adelaide in complicated three-way trade

Jared Polec

Michael Gleeson and Emma Quayle Jared Polec will play for Port Adelaide next year, with the Power, Brisbane and Greater Western Sydney finalising a complicated three-way swap of draft picks.

Port Adelaide footballer's life cut short in Vegas hotel fall

John McCarthy

Michael Gleeson and Ashley Porter As a footballer, John McCarthy made those he played with smile easily and often.

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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.

Kangaroos pip Cats by six points to enter preliminary final

Geelong's James Kelly is taken down by North's Andrew Swallow.

Michael Gleeson North Melbourne advances to its first preliminary final since 2007 after upsetting Geelong by six points.

Nathan Gordon brings chaos theory to Richmond Tigers

Nathan Gordon is a player who introduces chaos to order in Richmond's forward line, indeed to football.

Michael Gleeson Nathan Gordon's arrival at the Tigers important to the resurrection late in the season

Cotchin and Hardwick defend decision to kick into wind

Kicking in the wind: Damien Hardwick.

Michael Gleeson Richmond captain Trent Cotchin and coach Damien Hardwick dismissed the significance of the decision to kick into the wind after winning the toss against Port Adelaide.

The convoy of the true believers

The Tigers celebrate their unlikely victory over the Swans.

Michael Gleeson That Richmond managed to win just three games from its their first 13 matches and did not feast on the coach, the president, the boot-studder, the recruiter, or the prized draft pick was notable.

Dustin Martin makes giant strides with the Tigers

Richmond's Nathan Gordon and Dustin Martin celebrate victory over Sydney.

Michael Gleeson Dustin Martin almost a Giant, always a Tiger.

Clash jumper irrelevant, says Richmond coach Damien Hardwick

Michael Gleeson Richmond coach Damien Hardwick said he understood Port Adelaide's frustration in being told it could not wear its traditional strip in Sunday's final against Richmond, but felt it was irrelevant to...

Northern clubs need longer contracts, Jonathan Brown says

Jonathan Brown and his son, Jack, do a lap of honour at the Gabba during the round 15 match between the Lions and North Melbourne on June 28.

Michael Gleeson The clubs in the northern states should be allowed to sign drafted players to minimum three or four-year contracts to overcome the homesickness go-home factor of early seasons according to Brisbane...

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AFL's growing band of religious players

AFL footballers who call on God

Michael Gleeson In a sport that is a religion, many of the players themselves are religious.

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Leigh Montagna says St Kilda will play finals in next few years

Leigh Montagna (centre) trains at Moorabbin Oval on Sunday.

Michael Gleeson St Kilda can mimic Port Adelaide and rapidly regenerate and resurrect from the ladder lower reaches in sharp time, according to Leigh Montagna.

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Michael Barlow injury adds to Fremantle's woes for grand final rematch

Fremantle midfielder Michael Barlow has suffered a knee injury.

Michael Gleeson The pendulum swung slightly back to the champion in the grand final after a third key Docker was confirmed to miss Friday night's match at the MCG.

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Coach goes 'to avert exodus'

Scott Watters

Michael Gleeson When AFL coaches are sacked, the mathematics of why is typically straightforward: compare the wins column to the losses and the outcome is clear.

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St Kilda cuts to shortlist for new coach

Mark Williams

Michael Gleeson St Kilda will interview the final two candidates for the senior coaching job over the next two days.

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Saints may make Power play

Alan Richardson.

Caroline Wilson and Michael Gleeson St Kilda could make a renewed push to interview respected senior assistant Alan Richardson despite the Port Adelaide deputy declaring he had "no interest" in the top job.

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How your club fared in the free agency and trade period

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Compiled by Emma Quayle and Michael Gleeson It has taken three weeks but the AFL free agency and trade period has finally ended. Emma Quayle and Michael Gleeson examine which clubs 'won' and which didn't.

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Campbell Brown, a shortage of smarts

Michael Gleeson

Michael Gleeson If Mel Brooks was still making Get Smart in Hollywood, he would make a character out of Campbell Brown.

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Ratten in Saints' sights to take on coaching job

Brett Ratten.

Michael Gleeson St Kilda expected to approach former Carlton coach as part of its search for senior coach.

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Burgoyne's little wins are just what are needed on big stage

Hawthorn's Shaun Burgoyne kicks the goal that finally put the Hawks ahead late in the final quarter.

Michael Gleeson They were small moments, as they all are, but they were big in the telling of the game.