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

Fortune favours the brave ...

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

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...

Next six days will define Victory's season, but Muscat can smile now

Kevin Muscat

Michael Lynch Having seen off a gallant, and rather unlucky, Sydney in the elimination final on Friday night there is little time for the Victory squad to rest on its laurels.

AFL

Kevin Muscat pays tribute to players' self-belief

Victory coach Kevin Muscat and his Sydney FC counterpart Frank Farina shake hands before the A-League elimination final match on Friday.

Michael Lynch For Melbourne Victory boss Kevin Muscat, Gui Finkler's last minute goal to win their elimination final against Sydney FC was a vindication of his squad's self-belief and commitment, never better...

Soccer

Gui Finkler volleys dramatic winner as Victory seals semi-final berth

Gui Finkler of the Victory celebrates after scoring the winning goal against Sydney FC.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory keeps its season alive for another week and condemned Sydney to finals defeat.

Soccer

Fixture pile-up is route to the fast lane for Melbourne Victory

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch There's always two sides to a fixture pile-up.

Horse racing

Australian racing could learn from English backwater

Michael Lynch Major racedays aside - and that tends to mean the blockbusters of the Melbourne spring and Sydney autumn carnivals - Australian racecourses seem to have problems in attracting fans to ordinary...

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