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.

Olyroo call-up rules out Melbourne Victory trio for A-League's opening round

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory will be missing three talented youngsters for the opening round of the season after they were among seven A-League players named in the 23-man squad for two friendly matches...

Neither side will hold back in Cup quarter-final, says Broxham

Bruce Djite of Adelaide United competes for the ball with Nicholas Ansell of the Victory when the teams met in round 22 last season.

Michael Lynch As dress rehearsals for round one go, they don't come any better. A tough competitive game against a high-quality opponent with something at stake.

Biggest game ever for Oakleigh and Hume as they battle for Cup semi spot

Cup hopes: (L-R) Matthew Foschini (Oakleigh), Leigh Broxham (Victory), Luke Byles (Heidelberg), Michael Zullo (City) and Nick Hegarty (Hume).

Michael Lynch If Hume City don't look spick and span when they run out on to their home pitch to take on Oakleigh Cannons in the all NPL Victoria FFA Cup quarter final on Tuesday night then there is only one man...

Daniel Stackhouse hoping for chance to take the Guineas spotlight

Daniel Stackhouse rides Bassett to victory at Caulfield

Michael Lynch When you are a so-called battling jockey getting rides in town is hard enough, never mind winners.

Raiders ready for Melbourne challenge as spring classics loom

2007 Melbourne Cup winning owner Lloyd Williams.

Michael Lynch With two Victorian Group One races already decided and another two due to be run this weekend, spring is definitely in the air.

Finally, Melbourne Victory will play a cup tie in front of their own fans


Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory will, for the first time in its two seasons in the FFA Cup, get the chance to play in front of its own fans when it hosts Adelaide United on Tuesday evening at AAMI Park.

Jumps racing has nothing to fear from Labor government, says Pakula

Attorney-General Martin Pakula will not launch a review on the basis of one case.

Michael Lynch Victorian jumps racing might have been dealt a near death blow by previous Labour Governments, but the sport has nothing to fear from the current ALP administration.

Magnapal gallops into Caulfield Cup and O'Sullivan can dare to dream

Magnapal, Luke Currie up, wins the MRC Foundation Day Plate on Saturday.

Michael Lynch The Caulfield and Melbourne Cups. These days they are the province of rich owners, big trainers and international raiders. Or that's how it often feels.

Fell Swoops to conquer as Bassett gives Peter Moody a Guineas headache

Damien Oliver guides Fell Swoop home in the Testa Rossa Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.

Michael Lynch When a horse turns up for a feature race with a record of seven wins from nine starts you know he has something.

Oakleigh clash with Hume in FFA Cup

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Michael Lynch A-League teams are at a disadvantage when they take on National Premier Legue Sides in the early rounds of the FFA Cup: they are out of season and conceding a fitness advantage that can prove costly...

Will it be third time lucky for Let's Make Adeal in her Cup quest?

Staying power: Trainer Nigel Blackiston washes Let's Make Adeal who will run in the 3MRC Foundation Cup at Caulfield.

Michael Lynch If any horse is likely to be suited by a marathon trip it's Nigel Blackiston's game mare Let's Make A Deal who has, without success, tried to snare a spot in the Melbourne Cup field for the past two...

Soccer: Will the underdogs defy the big boys in an FFA Cup primed for upsets?

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Michael Lynch If the A-League ever institutes a second division and a promotion-and-relegation system, then the FFA Cup will surely be regarded as a significant step along the path.

Soccer: FFA, PFA inch towards deal to head off pay row and A-League disruption


Michael Lynch Soccer bosses and the players' union appear to be inching towards a deal that would resolve the long-running pay and conditions row.

Soccer: NPL champions begin battle for national title and place in FFA Cup

Michael Eagar, senior captain for South Melbourne, Michael Ephraim, managing director, Sony Computers Entertainment Australia, David Gallop and Under-12 player Adam Brigo at AAMI Park.

Michael Lynch It hasn't yet got quite the cachet of the FFA Cup, but its still a title that all teams outside the A-League are desperate to add to their honour roll when it gets underway this weekend.

All racing spy row needs now is Harry the Horse and the Seldom Seen Kid

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch If it wasn't so serious it would read like the plot of a Damon Runyan story.

Peter Moody threatens to quit, stewards say 'spy' in stable claims nonsense

Moody's extraordinary outburst upped the ante in the war of words between the leading trainer and racing's rulers.

Chris Roots, Patrick Bartley, Michael Lynch Champion trainer Peter Moody on Wednesday alleged Racing Victoria stewards attempted to plant a spy in his stables last year and has threatened to quit racing immediately.

A-League soccer: How the mighty Brisbane Roar became a whimper

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch How can a club that looked set to be the dominant force in the domestic game become one of the A-League's disaster zones just a couple of years after setting a record that could take decades to...

Melbourne City make Jason Trifiro last signing on roster

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Michael Lynch Melbourne City has filled the last spot on its roster by signing former Western Sydney wanderers player Jason Trifiro to provide midfield cover in the upcoming season.

FFA Cup 2015: Greek captain Kostas Katsounaris to join Heidelberg for Melbourne City clash

Star signing: Kostas Katsouranis will play in the FFA Cup.

Michael Lynch The magic of the Cup usually takes place on the field. But Heidelberg United have produced a fairy tale ahead of their FFA Cup quarter final against Melbourne City whether they win lose or draw.

Protectionist heads weights for Melbourne Cup repeat as Aidan O'Brien enters four

Trainer Kris Lees with gallopers Lucia Vallentina (left)  and Protectionist.

Michael Lynch The former German-trained stayer Protectionist, last year's Melbourne Cup winner, will have to make history of sorts if he is to go back to back in this year's renewal, after being allocated joint...