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.

Soccer

Melbourne Victory wary of South Koreans' attack in ACL clash

Melbourne Victory logo

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat is wary of the speed with which Jeonbuk Motors will turn defence into attack and the need for his own team to defend from the front when the Australian side meets...

Soccer

Melbourne Heart's A-League finals bid damaged by loss to Newcastle

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch Chasing the leaders is the relatively easy part: getting on terms and then sneaking into a finals berth is the hard bit.

Horse racing

Flying filly Anatina had a long-term date with a Japanese stallion

Craig Williams on Anatina

Michael Lynch Robert Smerdon's flying filly Anatina has a long-term date with star Japanese stallion Deep Impact.

Horse racing

Fiorente and Green Moon stage stirring battle in the Australian Cup

Damien Oliver riding Fiorente

Michael Lynch The Melbourne Cup has long since ceased to be a race for mere staying handicappers, and few races illustrate that better than Saturday's Australian Cup.

Horse racing

Anatina earns a crack at Robert Sangster Stakes

Michael Lynch Robert Smerdon’s flying filly Anatina now considered a winning chance at 1200 metres.

Horse racing

David Hayes aims Zululand at Sydney after Sires Produce win

Stephen Baster riding Zululand.

Michael Lynch Expensive yearling comes from off the pace to show he will excel at longer distances.

Soccer

Kevin Muscat's relief at flattering Mariners result

Melbourne Victory.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory give themselves clear breathing space on a congested ladder

Football

Victory of sorts as Kevin Muscat's men take breather

Kevin Muscat

Michael Lynch Kevin Muscat was able to breathe a sigh of relief - as well he might - when his Melbourne Victory side managed to grab the three points from Central Coast Mariners on Friday night, giving themselves...

Horse racing

Paul and Peter Snowden are chasing a dream farewell from the Darley racing operation

Trainer Paul Snowden with 2010 Blue Diamond-Golden Slipper Winner Sepoy

Michael Lynch The father-and-son team will soon finish at Darley and start on their own, writes Michael Lynch.

Soccer

Melbourne Victory's Adama Traore in limbo

Melbourne Victory training at Gosch's Paddock , Adama Traore

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory faces an anxious wait to learn if Adama Traore will be fit for Wednesday's Asian Champions League clash.

Soccer

Melbourne Victory men defeat Central Coast Mariners

James Troisi (C) of the Victory celebrates a penalty goal with James Jeggo.

Michael Lynch When the dust settled it was Victory who took all three points by a flattering 3-1 scoreline.

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Soccer

Socceroos beaten 4-3 after leading Ecuador 3-0 at half-time

Michael Lynch Postecoglou must tighten up his team's defence.

Soccer

Kevin Muscat plugs gaps as Melbourne Victory seeks response to Heart loss

Michael Lynch Every game for Melbourne Victory feels like a cup final at this stage of the campaign.

Soccer

Socceroos' bizarre Jekyll and Hyde failure

Tom Rogic of Australia battles with Enner Valencia of Ecuador.

Michael Lynch Australia produce a second half as abject as their first half was excellent.

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Football

Ange Postecoglou has to take chances with youngsters

Michael Lynch Taking a punt with kids is not such a radical idea of for Ange Postecoglou's Socceroos.

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Heart's Ben Garuccio grabs derby test with both hands

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart youngster Ben Garuccio was not nervous about making his seasonal debut at AAMI Park in a fierce derby against Melbourne Victory last Saturday night.

Soccer

Socceroo youth move by Ange Postecoglou is not just child's play

Mathew Leckie in action.

Michael Lynch Taking a punt with kids is not such a radical idea for the Socceroos.

Soccer

A clash with formula one grand prix puts the brakes on Heart crowd

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart's hope for a big crowd will be stymied thanks to the Melbourne Grand Prix.

Soccer

The pressure's now on, but Melbourne Heart just might do it

Melbourne Heart Scores

Michael Lynch There have been few more remarkable recoveries than that currently being achieved by Melbourne Heart, either in the A-League or any other competition.

Horse Racing

Hurdles helped Cooldini in lead-up to win at Flemington

Trainer Robert Smerdon.

Michael Lynch Robert Smerdon has cemented his reputation as the doyen of jumping trainers in the last decade.