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Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch, The Age's expert on soccer, has had extensive experience of high level journalism in the UK and Australia. Michael has covered the Socceroos through Asia, Europe and South America in their past three World Cup campaigns. He has also reported on Grands Prix and top class motor sport from Asia and Europe. He has won several national media awards for both sports and industry journalism.

Barely an empty seat: The 91,513 crowd at the MCG attests to the fixture's capacity to capture the imagination wherever ...

State of Origin: MCG provides perfect setting for Origin classic

The MCG was bathed in unfamiliar hues _ the almost baby blue of New South Wales, the vibrant maroon of Queensland. The searchlights beamed upward through the dark,  sweeping right and left in arcs of light, evoking images of war time London during the blitz.