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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Swans were at the top of their game, says Mark Thompson

Michael Gleeson The Swans were exceptional, but won playing a game that is unlikely to be sustained through into September, according to Essendon coach Mark Thompson.

Lance Franklin boots five as Swans down Bombers

Lance Franklin shakes his fist in triumph after kicking a goal as Dustin Fletcher watches.

Michael Gleeson Lance Franklin flexed his muscles and Sydney did the same in an eventful 50-point victory over Essendon.

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Small Pies, big trouble for Swans

Andrew Krakouer.

Michael Gleeson and Andrew Wu Collingwood small forward Andrew Krakouer says an increase in intensity was responsible for an improved showing last week as the Swans promise to pay close attention to the Pies' in-form small...

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Swans face tough path from injury

Swan Rhyce Shaw injures his leg during the first quarter of the game against the Cats.

Michael Gleeson and Andrew Wu Reigning premier Sydney emerges the major loser from the penultimate round.

12th time lucky, Swans outdo Pies at own game

Jude Bolton celebrates the Swans' victory over Collingwood.

Michael Gleeson On the 12th attempt, Sydney was finally able to out-Collingwood Collingwood. The Swans stole their game back.

GWS gun wants to go home to Victoria

Jono O'Rourke

Michael Gleeson Former No.2 draft pick Jono O'Rourke has told the Giants he wants to return home to Victoria.

AFL grand final 2014: Buddy confronts his buddies

Lance Franklin after the siren.

Michael Gleeson The danger in buying millionaires is that the team tries to play like one.

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Collingwood's Beams in bid to go home

Dayne Beams

Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall Collingwood wants to keep star midfielder Dayne Beams, who has asked to be traded back to Queensland to be with his ill father.

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Close call with Port raises questions for Hawks

Waiting game: Will Brad Sewell return to Hawthorn's side for the grand final?

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn hurt by space and run. Does Brad Sewell come in against the bigger bodied Sydney Swans? What about Ben McEvoy for Jon Ceglar?

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

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.

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The benefit of losing Buddy

Hawks Lance Franklin, Jack Gunston and Paul Puopolo celebrate their 2013 grand final win.

Michael Gleeson Who would they have lost? Would it have been Cyril? What about Jack Gunston?

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Power forwards in great demand

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Michael Gleeson Richmond desperately needs an elite tall forward. This is not a new statement, nor is it an outdated one.

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How the Sydney clubs 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.

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GWS may not have its cost-of-living allowance cut by the AFL

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Michael Gleeson AFL gives strongest indication yet that it will cut Swans' contentious cost-of-living allowance.

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Saints aggressive in effort to rebuild

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Michael Gleeson St Kilda defends its aggressive dealing through trade period, saying it had to be bold to fight for access to quality draft picks.

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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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Hawks take a chance on Dayle Garlett

Dayle Garlett

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn took the biggest gamble of the draft giving the enormously talented, yet troubled, small forward Dayle Garlett the chance he was denied in last year’s draft.

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Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson parts with manager Liam Pickering

Alastair Clarkson.

Michael Gleeson Hawthorn premiership coach parts ways with Liam Pickering in the wake of the Lance Franklin move from the Hawks.

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Former Swan Andrejs Everitt backs Sydney's cost of living allowance

Andrejs Everitt.

Michael Gleeson Sydney received qualified support for the retention of the contentious cost of living allowance from former Swan Andrejs Everitt, now back domiciled in Melbourne.