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.

City slickers take Reds apart as Aaron Mooy pulls the strings

Michael Lynch Melbourne City bounce back from fadeout against Newcastle Jets in the best possible style.

Michelle Payne's win may be the greatest victory by a female jockey anywhere

Triumphant: Michelle Payne has scored the biggest win of any female jockey in any race anywhere in the world.

Michael Lynch As far as female jockeys go, Michelle Payne is in rare air indeed after her stunning Melbourne Cup triumph aboard 100-1 shot Prince of Penzance in Tuesday's great race.

Novillo and Hughes back for City as Van 't Schip demands boldness

French winger Harry Novillo (pictured) and Northern Ireland defender Aaron Hughes will return to the Melbourne City side for the match against Adelaide on Thursday.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City is looking forward to the return to action of two key players, French winger Harry Novillo and Northern Ireland defender Aaron Hughes. 

Melbourne Cup 2015: Internationals close, but no cigar in Cup of history and drama

The internationals didn't have it all their own way in the Melbourne Cup. French horse Max Dynamite did best, coming in second.

Michael Lynch For the international raiders who have become such a prominent part of the Victorian spring carnival, it was a race of near triumph.

Melbourne Cup 2015: Darren Weir climbs the racing summit and legs Payne up to equine immortality

Winning trainer of Prince of Penzance Darren Weir is mobbed in the mounting yard moments after winning The  Melbourne Cup  at Flemington.

Michael Lynch When an 18-year-old boy from the bush called Darren Weir rode into the country Victorian town of Stawell he hoped to make a living out of working in the racing industry.

Melbourne Cup 2015: Snow Sky classified as last-finishing horse

The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Snow Sky.

Michael Lynch English trained blueblood Snow Sky was the horse classified as the last to finish in the Melbourne Cup.

Melbourne Cup Day 2015: Cummings, Freedman to the fore in Cup support races

Young gun: James Cummings poses with the trophy after Zarzali won at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day.

Michael Lynch On a day forever synonymous with the memory of the late, great Bart Cummings, it was not just appropriate but surely ordained that his grandson James should have a winner early in the afternoon.

Prince of Penzance wins 2015 Melbourne Cup

The Melbourne Cup.

Michael Lynch Michelle Payne became the first ever woman jockey to win the Melbourne Cup when she pulled off a 100-1 shock to win Australia's greatest race aboard Prince of Penzance.

Melbourne Victory's job done over Wellington, now Kevin Muscat plots for FFA Cup

Besart Berisha of the Victory celebrates a goal.

Michael Lynch Kevin Muscat allowed himself and his players a night to enjoy themselves following their win over Wellington Phoenix, but after that it was straight back to business.


A-League: Melbourne Victory boss Kevin Muscat delighted with win over Wellington

Melbourne Victory head coach Kevin Muscat acknowledges the crowd.

Michael Lynch Kevin Muscat was disappointed that his Melbourne Victory teams had played well, created chances but failed to garner their full reward in their first three games of the season, picking up four points...


A-League: Melbourne Victory romp to Cup Eve triumph over Wellington Phoenix

Besart Berisha celebrates one of his two goals against Wellington Phoenix.

Michael Lynch If this was the last ever Cup Eve clash between Melbourne Victory and Wellington Phoenix, then not just fans of either club but soccer supporters in general will have something to mourn.

English Premier League TV rights: Australian viewers concerned

FFA chief David Gallop is pinning the future of the sport's development on a significantly increased broadcast deal.

Michael Lynch Australian fans of the English Premier League are seeking answers and are concerned at the prospect of having to watch matches on mobile devices following the sensational swoop by Optus to land...

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Melbourne Cup 2015: Spencer's retirement plans shelved, now he's hoping for Cup glory

The Michael Bell trained Big Orange works in trackwork at Werribee Racecourse on Sunday morning.

Michael Lynch Twelve months ago former English and Irish champion jockey Jamie Spencer was waiting for the curtain to come down on his career. 

Melbourne Cup 2015: Internationals dominate Cup - either migrants or simply visiting

Horse trainer Ed Dunlop with Melbourne Cup veteran Red Cadeaux and second favourite Trip To Paris at Werribee Racecourse.

Michael Lynch There have been numerous overseas trained winners of the Melbourne Cup since Vintage Crop's historical performance in 1993, when the Irish trained 

Racing: Leading UK owner wants to give Australian jump racing a leg up

Owner of Melbourne Cup runner Max Dynamite, Rich Ricci, would like to see more jumps cards in Australia.

Michael Lynch Australian jumps racing has climbed off the canvas in recent seasons, and is ripe to take off.

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.