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.

A League: David Williams clinches new deal with Melbourne Heart

Michael Lynch The A-League's joint leader in the race for the Golden Boot, Melbourne Heart striker David Williams, has clinched a deal to stay with the club for the next two seasons.

Soccer

Battered bodies no excuse says Kevin Muscat as Melbourne Victory set out to deny Brisbane Roar the Premiers Plate in A-League

Happy days: Kevin Muscat.

Michael Lynch They may be running on empty and travelling north with a party of banged-up players nursing injuries and tiredness, but if any club can go to Brisbane Roar with a feeling of confidence surely it is...

Soccer

Muscat dares to dream of ACL progress

Victory coach Kevin Muscat celebrates after the final whistle.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory's 1-0 win against a Yokohama F Marinos side that dominated possession but could not find the net provides Kevin Muscat's team with a platform to qualify for the knockout stage of...

Soccer

Victory weathers Yokohama storm to post first ACL win

Victory's Kosta Barbarouses (left) celebrates his goal with James Troisi (centre) and Archie Thompson during the match against Yokohama F Marinos on Tuesday.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory scored early through Kosta Barbarouses then weathered a Yokohama storm to hold on to that one goal advantage and snare their first triumph in the Asian Champions League this season.

Soccer

More steak, less sizzle needed from Tom Rogic in A-League at Melbourne Victory

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch It can't be easy being charged with the responsibility of being your nation's saviour, especially when you are not long out of your teens.

GP organisers ''batting away'' on new deal

Michael Lynch Australian Grand Prix chief Ron Walker is optimistic a new deal to continue the event in Melbourne will be struck.

Motor Sport

Daniel Ricciardo upbeat as Red Bull has four days to appeal

Daniel Ricciardo celebrates on the podium before being disqualified from the Australian Grand Prix.

Michael Lynch Race stewards threw Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull out after it finished second to Nico Rosberg's Mercedes in the Australian Grand Prix.

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Motor Sport

Walker furious at the lack of GP 'screams'

Melbourne Grand Prix

Michael Lynch Noise might annoy, but the lack of noise can annoy a formula one fan a lot more.

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Soccer

Victory confident in must-win clash

Archie Thompson with his son, Axel.

Michael Lynch Both Kevin Muscat, the Melbourne Victory coach, and Yasuhiro Higuchi, the Yokohama F Marinos boss, make no bones about the importance of Tuesday night's ACL clash at AAMI Park.

Soccer

Fixture pile-up needs sorting out

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch Football Federation Australia has so far proved largely immune to requests to shift A-League games from their original scheduling, but if the game's governing body is keen to see Australian clubs...

Motor sport

Red Bull blames 'immature technology' for Ricciardo disqualification

Daniel Ricciardo.

Michael Lynch Defiant Red Bull team blames fuel flow sensors for losing Australian's second-place finish.

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Motor Sport

Daniel Ricciardo faces disqualification over breach of fuel laws

Daniel Ricciardo

Michael Lynch As Mercedes-Benz driver Nico Rosberg turned the Australian Grand Prix into a procession at Albert Park on Sunday, Australia was delighting in the second-placed performance of Daniel Ricciardo - a...

Soccer

Last-gasp win sets Victory on path to finals

Archie Thompson's goal on Saturday helped his side to a last-gasp win.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory will – barring an implosion – play finals football this season.

Game on for Melbourne Grand Prix

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo

Michael Lynch Revving Ricciardo impresses on a wet and windy track.

Motorsport

Melbourne Grand Prix: Daniel Ricciardo eclipses Sebastian Vettel in qualifying

Lewis Hamilton (C) celebrates taking pole position, flanked by Nico Rosberg and Daniel Ricciardo.

Michael Lynch Australian Daniel Ricciardo eclipsed his world champion teammate Sebastian Vettel in a wet and windy qualifying session at Albert Park.

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Soccer

Melbourne Heart needs three wins to contest A-League finals

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch A minimum of three wins - and preferably four - from its past five matches is what it will take to give Melbourne Heart much chance of completing its fairytale recovery with a finals berth next month.

Motorsport

Mercedes shows early promise

Lewi Hamilton on the way to fastest time in Friday's practice.

Michael Lynch Pre-season testing doesn’t always give an accurate picture of what is to come in the opening races of the new Grand Prix year.

F1

Melbourne Grand Prix: Fernando Alonso sets the pace

Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain ahead of Force India driver Sergio Perez during the first practice session of the Australian F1 Grand Prix at Albert Park.

Michael Lynch Ferrari’s dual world champion Fernando Alonso topped the timesheets after a tentative first practice session of the 2014 Formula One season at Albert Park.

David Hayes hoping to return to glory days

David Hayes.

Michael Lynch David Hayes is hoping a host of promising youngsters can help propel him back to the top of the tree.

Motor Sport

Michael Schumacher to get Albert Park boost

Michael Schumacher.

Michael Lynch Australian Grand Prix chiefs will send the stricken formula one champion a message of support via the sport's TV network before the race on Sunday.