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.
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...
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.
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...
Michael Lynch When you are a so-called battling jockey getting rides in town is hard enough, never mind winners.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
Michael Lynch If it wasn't so serious it would read like the plot of a Damon Runyan story.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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...