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 Cup a tune-up for a Cheltenham tilt? Don't put it past Rich Ricci

Michael Lynch Most Melbourne Cup winners pass into sporting legend and in the months following their triumph find themselves targetting a series of Australia's greatest races.

Melbourne Victory focus on fired up Wellington Phoenix

Eyes on the prize: Victory are focused on the Phoenix.

Michael Lynch Four points from the first three games is hardly the sort of return most fans and experts expected from A-League champions Melbourne Victory.

Derby Day: An excess of Cup joy for Gai Waterhouse

Tight finish: Excess Knowledge (left) holds off Zanteca in a hard-fought charge to the line.

Michael Lynch Nobody ever dies wondering about the chances of a Gai Waterhouse runner. In any race, at any time, on any track.

A-League: Will 'traditional' Cup Eve clash of Victory and Phoenix be the last?

Michael Lynch Wellington Phoenix might have been dealt a body blow by the FFA putting a huge question mark over their future, but that doesn't mean Melbourne Victory can take them lightly in the now "traditional"...

Derby Day: Smooth talking Damian Lane mounts excellent case, but Gai Waterhouse has the Cup knowledge

Gai Waterhouse

Michael Lynch Sometimes the greatest drama and action can take place off the track.

Mahuta follows in stable stars' footprints, Sandown Guineas next stop

Jockey Brad Rawiller riding Mahuta wins The Carbine Club Stakes on Saturday.

Michael Lynch For the past couple of years champion trainer Darren Weir has unearthed an unheralded three year old colt who has worked through his classes.

A-League: More of the same from Melbourne Brittle as City implode once more

Aaron Mooy of Melbourne City and Mateo Poljak of the Jets compete for the ball.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City might, in an alternative competition, think about changing their name to Melbourne Brittle.

Jets' joy is City's woe as coach John van 't Schip claims penalty denied

Nigel Boogaard of the Jets and Stefan Mauk of City collide with each other during the round four A-League match on Friday.

Michael Lynch For Scott Miller, Newcastle's youthful coach, the 3-2 win over Melbourne City was further evidence of his team's commitment and mental 

Newcastle Jets crash Melbourne City's party with stirring comeback

Milos Trifunovic of the Jets (right) heads the ball for his first goal.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City surrender two-goal lead to lose to Newcastle Jets.

If it is Nix to Wellington, will FFA gamble prove to be right choice?

Fighting for their team: Wellington Phoenix supporters hold up a ''Ten More Years'' sign.

Michael Lynch When a football team goes on the road to play an away match it is always a test of character.

Spring racing 2015: Top owners back Terry Bailey in public show of support

Standing firm: Chief steward Terry Bailey.

Patrick Bartley and Michael Lynch Some of Victoria's most respected racehorse owners have rallied around chief steward Terry Bailey and his integrity department after the gun attack on Bailey's home that rocked the racing world...

Racing: Thoroughness the key to Dunlop success, says Mornington-based Feek

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 02:  Trainer Ed Dunlop inspects Red Cadeaux during a Werribee trackwork session at Werribee Racecourse on November 2, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images) s

Michael Lynch Only those with the hardest of hearts – or anyone who had more than they could afford on the runner-up – would begrudge English trainer Ed Dunlop a victory in Tuesday's Melbourne Cup with...

Hume get kudos for semi but should have stayed in Broady

Melbourne Victory's Kosta Barbarouses scores his side's second goal against Hume City on Wednesday night.

Michael Lynch Hume City did themselves proud in their FFA Cup semi final clash with A-League champions Melbourne Victory with a fighting display that kept them in the game until the 88th minute, when Victory only...

Newcastle Jets star Leonardo holds few surprises for Melbourne City boss John van 't Schip

Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip is expecting Friday night's opponents Newcastle Jets to be defensively organised and to try to hit his side on the counter.

Victory coach Kevin Muscat heaps praise on Hume side who 'play the game the right way'

Victory coach Kevin Muscat watches keenly as his team battles Hume City in Wednesday night's semi-final.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat heaped praise on Hume City boss Lou Acevski and his team for making the A-League champions work right to the end to ensure that they, and not the NPL Victoria...

Victory made to sweat for FFA Cup semi-final win as dogged Hume push to the end

Besart Berisha of the Victory gets a kick away as Bradley Walker of Hume City bears down on him.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory will host the FFA Cup final against Perth Glory on the first Saturday in November.

Hume City will go for broke in Melbourne Victory FFA Cup semi-final

Hume's Theo Markelis celebrates a goal in the FFA Cup quarter-finals.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory will host the FFA Cup final against Perth Glory on Saturday week – if they can get over the last remaining obstacle in their path, National Premier League club Hume City.

Wellington Phoenix seek clarity from FFA on their future in the A-League

On borrowed time?: There are questions over the future of the Wellington Phoenix.

Michael Lynch Wellington Phoenix management will seek clarity from Football Federation Australia before deciding whether to apply for a shorter-than-expected A-League licence extension.

Soccer: Nix to Wellington as FFA flexes to wield the axe on Kiwi club

Michael Lynch Wellington Phoenix look set to be dumped from the A-League at the end of the season after Australian soccer chiefs opted not to accede to the Kiwi club's request for a 10 year license extension at...

IS terror fears as FFA seek shift of Bangladesh World Cup qualifier

Tom Rogic of Australia controls the ball during the World Cup qualifier against Bangladesh in Perth last month.

Michael Lynch The FFA are waiting anxiously to hear from soccer's world governing body FIFA to see if the Socceroos World Cup qualifier against Bangladesh will be postponed or shifted to another country as fears...