Michael Lynch

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.

Suavito springs group 1 upset and downs Dissident in Futurity

Michael Lynch Flemington trainer Nigel Blackiston sprang a group one surprise at Caulfield when his mare Suavito upset the odds laid on hot favourite Dissident when she came home fast and late under Damien Oliver...

Sabatini wins at group level for the second time in a fortnight when she scores in the Angus Armanasco Stakes

Michael Lynch Gabriela Sabatini was one of the top tennis players of her era _ a US Open winner, with a best world ranking of number three and a silver medal winner at the Seoul Olympics in 1988.

John van 't Schip hopes Melbourne City will take strength from win over Adelaide United

Michael Lynch There are games when coaches really earn their money, and for John Van't Schip Friday night's clash between his Melbourne City team and high flying Adelaide United was certainly one of them.

Archie Thompson a man for all Victory seasons

Michael Lynch Archie Thompson was due to play his 200th game for Victory in Brisbane last weekend, but the storm clouds that caused that game to be postponed have now enabled him to mark that milestone in front of...

City coach John van 't Schip says win will boost morale

Josh Kennedy and Robert Koren of Melbourne City FC celebrate a goal.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip believes that his side's 3-1 win over high-riding Adelaide United on Friday night could ignite their push for a finals berth in the closing weeks of the...

Melbourne City get impressive win against Adelaide, regain finals berth

Focal point: City’s Josh Kennedy gave his teammates a target up forward.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City has broken its goal drought in style and leapt up to sixth position on the A-League ladder after coming from behind to see off high flying Adelaide United 3-1 at AAMI Park on Friday...

Sprinter Iconic out to uphold the family's honour

Tony McEvoy is optimistic that Iconic could register a fifth, and by far most important, career win.

Michael Lynch Black Caviar won almost every major sprinting prize available to her in Victoria. But one the great mare didn't contest was one of the most historical short-course events on the calendar - the...

Mark Bresciano a credit to himself and the Socceroos

Proud history: Mark Bresciano in 2001, his debut year for the Soccceroos.

Michael Lynch Patience, practice, commitment and dedication have been the hallmarks of Mark Bresciano's career at both club level and in the green and gold of Australia.

Manchester's $15 million vote of confidence in their Melbourne franchise

Clash: Joshua Kennedy takes on Carl Valeri of the Melbourne Victory.

Michael Lynch At the corner of the administration area in Melbourne City's swish new $15 million training and office complex at Latrobe University is a small meeting space called the Turing room.

Delpierre set to return for Victory

Delpierre looked very impressive in his first couple of games for the navy blues, scoring on his A-League debut.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory's French centre half Matthieu Delpierre is set to return to action on Sunday _ and not a moment too soon for the championship chasing side.

Champions League just the tonic for hitherto woeful Western Sydney Wanderers

On their midweek trip to Japan to take on the Kashima Antlers, the Wanderers pulled off a 3-1 win.

Michael Lynch They can't take a trick in the A-League, where they have won only one match all season, but give Western Sydney Wanderers a sniff of international competition and it seems Tony Popovic's team grow an...

Goal shy City strikers need to hit target

Homecoming: City has added Socceroo frontman Josh Kennedy to its roster of strikers in the past few weeks.

Michael Lynch Goal shy Melbourne City need to start hitting the target - preferably on Friday night when they entertain Adelaide United - otherwise their finals tilt will flame out with barely a flicker.

FIFA's winter World Cup plan underlines folly of Qatar decision

FIFA president Sepp Blatter.

Michael Lynch Had FFA boss Frank Lowy and his executives known what was coming less than a month after the Asian Cup final in January, they would surely have seized FIFA chief Sepp Blatter when he turned up in...

Galloway and Mahazi re-sign with Victory, Berisha meets FFA code of conduct deadline

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory has resigned two of its youngsters, 19 year old Scott Galloway and 22-year-old Rashid Mahazi, to new two year deals. 

Melbourne Victory, Melbourne City ... a tale of two visions as battle for finals intensifies

Title challengers: Melbourne Victory.

Michael Lynch With nine rounds of the A-League home and away season remaining Melbourne Victory is playing in front of big crowds and challenging for the Championship.

Perth Glory coach not rapt, Dutchman glum

Michael Lynch Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe joked that he was glad he didn’t have to pay to watch it, while his Melbourne City counterpart John van ’t Schip could only rue the fact that his side could...

Perth Glory dig in to frustrate Melbourne City and stay top after scoreless draw

Moving ahead: David Williams of Melbourne City evades Rostyn Griffiths.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City missed a glorious opportunity to go ahead of Brisbane Roar in the battle for the sixth and last spot in the A-League finals race when they were held to a scoreless draw by league...

Hayes' Diamond chance Apparant to all

Michael Lynch Robert Smerdon's unbeaten filly Fontiton is all the rage for the Blue Diamond and looks, on all known form, to be a worthy market leader and the one to beat in the million dollar scamper for two year...

Lankan Rupee set to follow the Black Caviar template

Lankan Rupee could get the chance to follow in Black Caviar's hoofprints even more closely by being set for some of the top sprints in the Brisbane winter carnival.

Michael Lynch Explosive gelding Lankan Rupee has mirrorred Black Caviar's achievements in winning a Lightning Stakes, a Newmarket Handicap and a TJ Smith Stakes in Sydney, all group one tests at championship level.