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.

Soccer

City Slickers set to triumph

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.

Soccer

Togetherness the key for Melbourne Victory

A hero last week Gui Finkler was monitored as a precaution at training.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory's Asian Champions League campaign may have stretched its playing stocks to the limit, but the boost it has given to its young players and to team morale could help propel it over...

Horseracing

Stayers get stage to shine

Racing.

Michael Lynch The VRC St Leger is tucked away towards the end of the season, bookended by the Australian and South Australian derbies.

Soccer

Fortune proves fickle as Victory's Tom Rogic and James Troisi push for World Cup berths

James Troisi (centre) celebrates a goal.

Michael Lynch Two players returned to Australia and signed for Melbourne Victory this season in a bid to boost their World Cup prospects.

Soccer

Shooting stars so often fizzle out...

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch As young players jockey to stake their claim as late selections for Ange Postecoglou's World Cup squad, it must be remembered that a precocious talent does not always translate into a productive,...

Soccer

Pablo Contreras likely to miss ACL Korea game

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat is likely to rest veteran Chilean defender Pablo Contreras and leave him out of the travelling party that will fly to Seoul on Sunday as his team faces its...