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.

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.

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

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Power forwards in great demand

Recovery session

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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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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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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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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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.

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Shaw on the market

Heath Shaw and Nathan Buckley.

Michael Gleeson Collingwood and Heath Shaw are prepared to part ways, with the defender exploring options for a move to a new club.

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Giants eye Pie to Shaw up gap in experience

Heath Shaw

Michael Gleeson, Andrew Wu Greater Western Sydney are shaping as a potential new home for Heath Shaw after the defender and Collingwood agreed the player could look elsewhere next year.

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Pies, Dogs in mix for Sydney big man Jesse White

Jesse White

Michael Gleeson Sydney forward Jesse White has told the Swans he wants to be traded to a Victorian club.

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The building of a machine

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Michael Gleeson Mark Evans wandered smiling onto the MCG, not quite sure where to put himself.

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Buddy bonanza

Lance Franklin

Michael Gleeson Lance Franklin will be paid a relatively low amount in his first years at Sydney while Kurt Tippett's sizeable contract tapers down.

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Buddy deal has player movement up in air

Taylor Adams

Michael Gleeson The butterfly-effect of Buddy Franklin's move has already begun to affect other trades.

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Lance Franklin's sting in the tail

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Michael Gleeson UPDATE Amazingly the Giants have been outbid ... and outflanked. Lance Franklin has chosen Bondi over Rooty Hill.

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