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.

Premiership battle heats up on Winter Finals day at Flemington

Michael Lynch Three weeks ago, Craig Williams was at Royal Ascot trying to snare Group One glory aboard Australian sprinter Brazen Beau.

A-League: Pay row set to simmer as both sides dig in over revenue sharing

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Michael Lynch The impasse between the PFA, the Players Union, the FFA and the game's 10 A-League clubs shows little sign of easing after the union confirmed that its CBA claim was for 30 per cent of the "whole of...

A-League: Thomas inks new two-year deal with champions

Lawrence Thomas is staying at Melbourne Victory.

Michael Lynch Lawrence Thomas and Jesse Makarounas have extended their stay at A-League champions Melbourne Victory.

Sandwich row: Pakenham in a pickle over Stanaway sandwich, crusty days ahead

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Michael Lynch Racing Victoria stewards will probe the now world-famous sandwich spat between Pakenham Racing club chief Michael Hodge and Torquay-based trainer Bryce Stanaway.

Darren Gauci rolls back the years and will not go quietly into the night

Experienced hand: Darren Gauci wins on Lord Durante on Saturday.

Michael Lynch Veteran jockey Darren Gauci is one of the softly spoken, quiet men of the weighing room;

Dunn the beneficiary as jockeys' title race tightens

Minor shock: Dwayne Dunn guides Miss Promiscuity home in the Sir John Monash Stakes.

Michael Lynch The race for the metropolitan jockeys' premiership will provide a compelling narrative in the final few dark weeks of the season.

Carole's Saturday joy at Rich Jack's success as Gauci shows the way

Darren Gauci made every post a winner on Rich Jack in the National Jockeys Trust Final on Saturday.

Michael Lynch When a pregnant woman riding a horse gets hit by a car and run over she would have every excuse to say that the racing game is no longer for her.

FFA pay deal: Players union and governing body in soccer war of words

Marshalled by PFA: Socceroo skipper Mile Jedinak.

Michael Lynch The soccer players' union has upped the ante in the war of words following the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement.

FFA Cup: Sat Navs at the ready as City, Victory go local in Cup quest

Michael Lynch A League champions Melbourne Victory and their fellow Victorian club Melbourne City will need to consult their satnavs to find the location of their FFA Cup round of 32 opponents, so rarely do...

Racing Deaths: Gender not an issue say jockey leaders

Friederike Ruhle came out of the saddle during a 5.30am gallop on Wednesday.

Michael Lynch Racing industry officials and experts say gender is not a key factor in why what seems a disproportionate number of female jockeys and trackwork riders are suffering fatal injuries.

Soccer Wage Row: Talks break down between players union and FFA over new deal

Escaping the cap: Melbourne Victory captain Mark Milligan this week moved to the Middle East on a big-money deal.

Michael Lynch The Australian soccer players union, the PFA, says it will take legal advice over its industrial options following the breakdown of talks between it and the game's governing body, the FFA, on a new...

Peter Filopoulos quits Swimming Australia to clean up Perth Glory

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Michael Lynch Swimming administrator Peter Filopoulos has swapped the cleanliness of the pool deck to take on one of soccer's dirty jobs – a cleaning-up role at salary cap-rorting Perth Glory.

The money will flow ... if Matildas' success boosts crowds and media interest

Underpaid: The Matildas get an annual wage of $21,000 from the FFA.

Michael Lynch Should the Matildas be getting fatter pay packets for their efforts in reaching the last eight of the women's World Cup?

Hume see off Kingston to gain spot in last 32 of FFA Cup

Michael Lynch Hume City became the fourth National Premier League Victoria side to qualify for the last 32 of the FFA Cup when they saw off NPL 1 side Kingston City 2-0 in a closely contented tie at Broadmeadows...

FFA Cup holds out hopes and dreams for rich and poor alike

The FFA minnows will be looking to emulate Bentleigh Greens efforts last year.

Michael Lynch Most teams enter a competition hoping to win. But for the 21 non A League clubs who go into the draw for the round of 32 in the FFA Cup next week, the motivations will be decidedly mixed. 

Mark Milligan leaves Melbourne Victory for Middle East

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory faces an almost impossible task in finding a like for like replacement for its captain and Australian marquee player, Mark Milligan, who is leaving the champions for a big money...

Manchester City to play friendly with Melbourne City on Gold Coast

Manchester City will play a friendly on the Gold Coast.

Michael Lynch There are some advantages to having Manchester City as your parent club, but for Melbourne City, playing them at home isn't one of them.

Heidelberg United's gamble pays off with big win over Goulburn Valley Suns

Soccer ball.

Michael Lynch Heidelberg United's gamble pays off with entry into next round and chance to play A-League team.

Darwin features lure Brown back north – and heat's an added attraction

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Michael Lynch The temperatures might be plummeting in Melbourne and the racing taking on a decidedly wintry feel, but one man who is looking to escape the big chill and make his mark in warmer climes is former...

A-League: City snap up Corey Gameiro as the striker looks to re-ignite career

Doing well: Corey Gameiro says he's ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation.

Michael Lynch It never hurts for a striker to score spectacular goals. You don't know who among the watchers might one day want to sign you.