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.

Tim Cahill heads the ball past Mariners goalkeeper Paul Izzo.

Cahill double sees City home over 10-man Mariners

It was the win they had to have - only their second in seven weeks - but Melbourne City lacked the killer touch in a 2-1 victory over a Central Coast Mariners side that played for well over an hour with ten men following the sending off of striker Roy O'Donovan.

Tough and consistent: Seaburge.

Summer and autumn plans coming into shape for Hayes, Griffiths

It might be a few weeks yet before the top line gallopers hit the track for their big late summer and autumn assignments, but top stables up and down the country are now putting the finishing touches to long laid plans for their stars to shine when the big money races come round again in Melbourne and Sydney.