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.

Perth Glory dig in to frustrate Melbourne City and stay top after scoreless draw

Michael Lynch Melbourne City missed a glorious opportunity to go ahead of Brisbane Roar in the battle for the sixth and last spot in the A-League finals race when they were held to a scoreless draw by league...

Hayes' Diamond chance Apparant to all

Michael Lynch Robert Smerdon's unbeaten filly Fontiton is all the rage for the Blue Diamond and looks, on all known form, to be a worthy market leader and the one to beat in the million dollar scamper for two year...

Lankan Rupee set to follow the Black Caviar template

Lankan Rupee could get the chance to follow in Black Caviar's hoofprints even more closely by being set for some of the top sprints in the Brisbane winter carnival.

Michael Lynch Explosive gelding Lankan Rupee has mirrorred Black Caviar's achievements in winning a Lightning Stakes, a Newmarket Handicap and a TJ Smith Stakes in Sydney, all group one tests at championship level.

Gai Waterhouse expects big things from dour stayer Greatwood

Trainer Gai Waterhouse

Chris Roots and Michael Lynch Gai Waterhouse believes Greatwood's fighting win in Saturday's Parramatta Cup was a sign of things to come.

Lankan Rupee stamps his class as Deep Field tastes defeat for first time

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 21:  Craig Newitt riding Lankan Rupee before race 7 the Black Caviar Lightning during Black Caviar Lightning Day on February 21, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Michael Lynch Lankan Rupee stamped himself once again as a leading contender for the crown of world champion sprinter when he slammed top short course three year old Brazen Beau and the previously unbeaten Deep...

Wandjina defies challengers to take the CS Hayes

Damien Oliver urges Wandjina (left) on as Craig Williams poses a challenge on Disposition.

Michael Lynch A free-going Gai Waterhouse front runner leading all the way and defying all challengers to run him down in a big race.

Peter Moody treble comes home at 27,000-1

Peter Moody was a big winner on Saturday.

Michael Lynch Peter Moody may have lost his crown to Darren Weir last year and have seen his reputation dented by one of his horses being drawn into the current Cobalt probe in Victorian racing, but the champion...

Perth Glory under pressure as title battle hots up

Tussle: Can City give Perth Glory the blues? Sunday’s meeting will tell, says John van ’t Schip.

Michael Lynch A horse that has been out in front for most of the race often gets the wobbles as it turns for home and the challengers close in down the straight.

Referees must get tough on shirt holders as well as divers

The Seb Ryall

Michael Lynch So far this week I have been accused of being naive, hysterical and vindictive and lauded for being clear sighted and telling it like it is. 

Melbourne City regain Paartalu as the push for finals spot intensifies

Important: Melbourne City will welcome  Erik Paartalu’s physical presence.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City gets the perfect chance to leapfrog Brisbane Roar and put pressure on the defending champions when it takes on Perth Glory on Sunday.

Promotion and relegation: don't expect it soon, but it must come some time

Western Sydney Wanderers goalkeeper Ante Covic gets to the ball ahead of Kije Lee of the Jets (partly hidden) as Nikolai Topor-Stanley of the Wanderers tries to get out of the way during a match in Newcastle on February 14. Both teams have no chance of making the finals this year.

Michael Lynch With 10 games left in the A-League regular season, the most important issue - the teams which will make the finals - is almost decided.

Second-tier players have Premier ambitions

Adelaide United feature Jake Barker-Daish on their roster.

Michael Lynch The A-League is full of players who left Australia early to try their luck in Europe, didn't get the breaks or failed to make it there, and returned home to reboot their careers.

Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat 'moves on' to Brisbane Roar challenge

Moving on: Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat.

Michael Lynch Kevin Muscat not about to fan the flames of further controversy following decision by a disciplinary committee to acquit Sebastian Ryall of diving on Wednesday night.

Archie Thompson set to join 200 club with Melbourne Victory

Archie Thompson is in line to play his 200th game for Victory on Friday night.

Michael Lynch Archie Thompson will become only the second player in A-League history to play 200 games with one club when Melbourne Victory take on Brisbane Roar on Friday night – but it is long odds against...

Sebastian Ryall's A-League escape leaves many scratching their heads

In the spotlight: Sebastian Ryall.

Michael Lynch Sydney defender may not have been found guilty of simulation by the FFA's Disciplinary Committee. But in the court of public opinion, he will not be afforded the luxury of a not guilty verdict quite...

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Sydney, Victory, Perth bad boys in FFA dock as Jaliens receives City lifeline

In the dock: Sebastian Ryall.

Michael Lynch Sydney FC defender Sebastian Ryall must face the FFA’s disciplinary committee later this week to determine whether or not he dived and cheated to win a crucial penalty for his side in the 3-3...

Autumn carnival near, but jumpers look forward to winter

AJC chairman Bob Charley says jumps racing provided a variation to the racing menu during the off-season winter months.

Michael Lynch The autumn racing carnival is heating up with the Blue Diamond Stakes, Australian Cup and Newmarket Handicap on the horizon.

Socceroos' road to Russia will begin in Perth

David Gallop:

Michael Lynch It's been a long time between drinks for the Perth football public but the national team will make its first trip to Western Australia for a decade when it opens its campaign for a place in the 2018...

Referees under the pump, but Ryall has questions to answer too

Tough times: A-League referees, including Strebre Delovski, have come in for criticism in recent weeks.

Michael Lynch Australian referees are the worst in the world – if you believe the criticism that has been showered on the men in the middle following Strebre Delovski's Saturday night shocker in Sydney.