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

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

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.

Soccer

Melbourne Victory must bolster its defence

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch It's all very well having a potent attack and offering a threat every time you go forward. But its not much use if you leak goals every time the opposition gets into your half.

Horse racing

Shamus Award takes out Australian Guineas

Craig Williams riding Shamus Award.

Michael Lynch Form is temporary, class is permanent. It's an old sporting adage that often is the case.

Soccer

Victory's biggest obstacle against Heart was itself

Heart fans in the crowd celebrate as Victory coach Kevin Muscat leaves the field.

Michael Lynch Kevin Muscat refused to use his team's long haul flight to China as an excuse for its derby loss.

Soccer

Heart rout Victory in stunning derby triumph

Melbourne Heart Scores

Michael Lynch John van ’t Schip has certainly brought about an amazing transformation at the Heart camp.

Victory players will lift for Melbourne derby, says coach Kevin Muscat

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory's players might be tired, disappointed and its younger brigade more worldly wise after their Asian Champions League loss to Guangzhou Evergrande on Wednesday night, but none of that...

Soccer

Melbourne Heart's Mate Dugandzic making up for lost time

Mate Dugandzic.

Michael Lynch Sometimes you don't know what you've got until it's (almost) gone.

Soccer

Victory looks to shake off jet lag before facing Heart in derby

Michael Lynch It was bold, it was brave and, for at least 45 minutes, it was beautiful - if you were a Melbourne Victory supporter.

Soccer

Lucas Neill fights against the dying of the light

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch Neill's sheer determination to battle on against the odds deserves some sort of recognition.

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Soccer

John van't Schip keen to be part of Heart's future

John van't Schip

Michael Lynch Coach clearly gets his message across well to his players and is tactically astute.

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Soccer

Tough ask for Melbourne Victory in ACL game against legend of Lippi

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Michael Lynch It is hard to see this game being anything but a backs-to-the-wall ordeal for Victory.

Soccer

Archie Thompson and Melbourne Victory have been good for each other

Fire power: Victory's Archie Thompson has been the A-League's most consistent striker.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory would like Archie Thompson to finish his time in the game in navy blue.

Soccer

A-League soccer: Melbourne Victory's Kevin Muscat delights in classic win over Adelaide United despite Tom Rogic injury

Tom Rogic.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory star midfielder Tom Rogic will miss Wednesday's Asian Champions League match.

Soccer

Heart coach concedes finals a possibility

On target: Heart players celebrate Orlando Engelaar's match-winning goal at AAMI Park.

Michael Lynch With seven games remaining, Heart is six points away from sixth-placed Central Coast.

Soccer

Heart beats again, making it four wins in a row

Heart v Roar

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart's improbable dream of a finals berth remains alive for another week.

Horse Racing

Not Listenin'tome has Hawkes stable in raptures after Zeditave Stakes

Michael Lynch Lightly raced colt outclasses field of decent three-year-old sprinters in the Zeditave Stakes (1200 metres).

Horse Racing

Fiorente returns to racing in style at Caulfield

Fiorente

Michael Lynch Melbourne Cup winner makes a sensational return to racing with a last-gasp win.