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.

Melbourne City derby win would be sweeter for former Victory old boy Paulo Retre

Michael Lynch When you have been signed for the most successful team in town and your career has failed to take off , there's nothing better than beating them in a derby match when you are turning out for their...

FFA, PFA: Quit whingeing at each other and just sign the deal

FFA boss David Gallop.

Michael Lynch As long as the A-League off season was , it seems that the drawn out disagreement between the players union, the PFA, and the game's governing body, the FFA, has gone on even longer.

Danny Vukovic set to break A-League games record in derby debut

Daniel Vukovic of Melbourne Victory.

Michael Lynch There were many victims of the Perth Glory salary cap rort which blighted the 2014-15 A-League season.

Melbourne City youngsters make impression as club looks to build memberships

Tough schedule: four out of City's first six matches are away from their AAMI Park home ground.

Michael Lynch When you are trying to boost your membership and grow your supporter base it helps to have home games at the start of the new season - when hope springs eternal and results have yet to impact, for...

Carl Valeri set to return to lead Melbourne Victory in derby

Set for derby: Carl Valeri.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat is confident club captain Carl Valeri will be back in the side for the round two A-League derby clash with Melbourne City after missing the season-opening...

Joy for John Aloisi, Tony Walmsley as Brisbane Roar, Central Coast Mariners make sound start

Perfect start: Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi enjoyed a debut win.

Michael Lynch Last season's two A-League heavyweights, Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC, drew when they both would have expected to win.

A change is as good as a rest. Just ask Criterion and Lucky Hussler...

Another way: Criterion took the long road but it paid dividends.

Michael Lynch Horse are creatures of habit, lovers of routine, right?

Melbourne City closer to full strength for Melbourne derby clash

City used five A-League debutants against the Sky Blues.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City is likely to be far closer to full strength for the first derby clash of the season with Melbourne Victory next weekend when it regains a clutch of regular first teamers and new...

Stay With Me lives up to her lineage with brilliant Guineas Triumph

Bred to succeed: Stay With Me charges clear under the riding of Dwayne Dunn to win the  1000 Guineas at Caulfield.

Michael Lynch David Hayes capped off a tremendous day at Caulfield when the horse he says is the best bred filly in Australia perhaps proved herself to be simply the best filly in the country with a slashing win...

The Group one glory day delivers as promised

Class act: Press Statement wins the Caulfield Guineas.

Michael Lynch It's the glorious group 1 days, those storied days that trace a link through the thread of racing's rambunctious history, those are the days you remember.

Robbie Laing gets the jump on rivals as Missrock wins early-season two-year-old race

Mark Zahra riding Missrock takes the opening race.

Michael Lynch Robbie Laing hasn’t trained a big jumping winner for a few years now, but he’s still trying to shake off the perception that his skills are best suited to preparing aged geldings to run...

Kevin Muscat warns culture of complaint becoming stain on game

Kevin Muscat played the game hard, rough, tough and, in the eyes of his critics, sometimes dirty.

Michael Lynch Kevin Muscat isn't happy. Not with his team, but with a complaining culture - something he brands UnAustralian - that he says is beginning to infiltrate the local game to its detriment.

Victory coach Kevin Muscat disappointed at sharing points with Adelaide

Melbourne Victory players speak to referee Peter Green after he gave Leigh Broxham a second yellow card.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat was disappointed his 10-man team did not take all three points from its season opening match in Adelaide, having had the better of the game for long periods.

Ten-man Melbourne Victory held goalless by Adelaide United

Sergio Cirio of Adelaide United attempts to get past two Victory defenders during Friday's match.

Michael Lynch Just over two weeks ago Melbourne Victory put Adelaide United to the sword in the FFA Cup. But  an A League match against the same opponent with points at stake is a different affair.

Price looks right for Caulfield's Group 1 extravaganza

AFL Sherrin

Michael Lynch It's a group one grand final day for the colts and fillies at Caulfield, so it's entirely appropriate that one of the state's leading trainers, locally based handler Mick Price, should have a...

Thomas Sorensen's big-time experience can improve City's consistency

Banking on Thomas Sorensen's experience: John van 't Schip.

Michael Lynch When John van 't Schip carried out a performance review at the end of Melbourne City's 2014-15 campaign he knew an upgrade of the playing stock was necessary if they were going to improve...

Soccer: Paartalu promises higher energy, more fluent City this season

Soccer ball

Michael Lynch The sun shines down on Melbourne City's pristine pitches at the well-appointed City Football Academy, the new multimillion-dollar training ground into which the Manchester City-owned club moved...

Scary time for A-League defenders: Besart Berisha is back, better than ever

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 08:  Besart Berisha of the Victory runs with the ball during a Melbourne Victory A-League training session at AAMI Park on October 8, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Michael Lynch Besart Berisha is, by common consent, the A-League's top striker. 

No Victory compromise in pursuit of Cup, League and Champions League

Backing up: Melbourne Victory are well placed to defend their A-League title.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat and the club's management are determined that the A-League champions will not fall between two stools, as so many have done before them, when they compete in the...

Consistency and competition the key to Melbourne City success in A-League, says Patrick Kisnorbo

Patrick Kisnorbo of Melbourne City.

Michael Lynch For Melbourne City skipper Patrick Kisnorbo, it's the C-words that will determine whether his team can build on its fourth-placed finish from last season and snare a championship and Asian Champions...