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.

Write us off at your peril, says McKay

Michael Lynch, Vitoria, Brazil A mood of quiet and determined confidence is developing among the Socceroos now they have recovered from their 22-hour journey, checked into their luxury beachside hotel and begun to mentally prepare...

Socceroo Tommy Oar prepares for more hard work in Brazil

Socceroo Tommy Oar

Michael Lynch Winger Tommy Oar is expecting coach Ange Postecoglou's heavy duty training regime to continue when the Australian squad settles into its Brazilian base over the next few days, and that's completely...

Defence of the realm a thorny issue for Australia in countdown to the World Cup

The Socceroos.

Michael Lynch There are few teams that will go into this World Cup with as inexperienced a defence as Australia.

Age shall not weary them: senior jockeys still among the best in the business

Glen Boss.

Michael Lynch In Australian racing, the fashion in recent times has been to favour younger jockeys. But the tide in Melbourne may be turning.

Horse Racing

King for the day as Price savours low hanging fruit and Boss doubles up

SPORT, HORSE RACING. Relaxed and Happy (red and yellow colours) ridden by Nash Rawiller wins the 2nd race at Rosehill , 20 July 2013. 
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horse's head

Michael Lynch Training horses to produce their best on raceday is only one part of a trainer's job description.

Soccer

City Slickers set to triumph

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch In this most topsy-turvy of English Premier League seasons, will there be one last unexpected twist in the tail?

Soccer

Berisha aims at another title - this time in Victory blue

Michael Lynch Roar star turns his attention to the challenge that now awaits as he shifts his base from Queensland to Victoria.

Football

Thomas Broich and Iacopo La Rocca in historic Marston Medal tie

Silk: Brisbane's midfield maestro Thomas Broich.

Michael Lynch Iacopo La Rocca has been a mainstay of his club, Western Sydney Wanderers, for the two seasons that the team from Parramatta has been in the A-League _ hardly surprising given that his name...

Roar triumphant as Broich delivers the dream

Henrique of the Roar celebrates after scoring a goal in extra-time.

Michael Lynch Surely it couldn't have been stage fright. After all, Brisbane Roar have plenty of previous when it comes to Grand Finals, having won in dramatic fashion in both their previous appearances.

Horse Racing

'Bool brings hope and belief to jumping fraternity

A section of the crowd that turned up for the carnival.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Racing Club chairman Mike Symons summed it up perfectly in a tweet he sent out in the wake of perhaps the most successful Warrnambool carnival ever.

Soccer

Fortune favours the brave ...

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch They have been called many things in their nine years in the A-League, including chokers and underachievers in their early seasons when they struggled to make an impression and qualify for the...

Football

Broich to conduct Brisbane's final symphony

Michael Lynch His nickname is Mozart, which is highly appropriate given that he is the orchestrator of the Brisbane Roar side that goes into Sunday's grand final against Western Sydney Wanderers as favourite.

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Soccer

Two decades later, Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey's an overnight success ...

Michael Lynch The bookies have Brisbane Roar as clear favourites to win the A-League championship on Sunday, and that's how it should be.

Victory loses but Muscat makes his mark

Michael Lynch Kevin Muscat could barely contain his emotions in the wake of Melbourne Victory's controversial semi-final defeat against Brisbane Roar on Sunday, and it was hard not to sympathise with the navy...

Soccer

Kevin Muscat goes ballistic as referee 'bottles it'

Besart Berisha looks to take on the Melbourne Victory defence.

Michael Lynch Angry Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat slammed leading A-League referee Strebre Delovski and accused him of ''bottling'' the biggest call of the season in a home town decision that gave Brisbane...

Soccer

Victory hearts broken by Berisha

Besart Berisha looks to take on the Melbourne Victory defence.

Michael Lynch As might have been expected from a team that was fit and fresh having not played for a fortnight Brisbane began this game at a high tempo, looking to capitalise on any physical advantage they may...

Horse Racing

Gotta Take Care looking the goods for Warrnambool

Gotta Take Care is a top notcher over obstacles, as his status at the head of weights affairs in the Galleywood attests.

Michael Lynch Gotta Take Care's 67th race start in the biggest hurdle of the Warrnambool carnival could stamp him as the best dual-purpose horse in the country.

Soccer

Adrian Leijer and Tom Rogic out for Victory while Mike Mulvey marshalls Brisbane troops

Adrian Leijer lined up at the heart of defence.

Michael Lynch Former skipper Adrian Leijer and Socceroos midfielder Tom Rogic will be absentees from Sunday's sudden-death A-League semi-final but Kevin Muscat will otherwise have virtually a full-strength...

Soccer

Victory and Roar's big game men set to stand up at crucial time

Gui Finkler after socring against Sydney last week.

Michael Lynch A club's big name players are expected to stand up and really earn their money in the big games.

Horse Racing

Griffiths hoping to break his G1 hoodoo

That's my girl: Girl In Flight wins at Caulfield in November. She will run in the Australasian Oaks in Adelaide on Saturday.

Michael Lynch Cranbourne horseman Robbie Griffiths has been training for more than 20 years but has yet to land a group 1.