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Michael Gleeson is a senior AFL football writer and Fairfax Media's athletics writer. He also covers tennis, cricket and other sports. He won the AFL Players Association Grant Hattam Trophy for excellence in journalism for the second time in 2014 and was a finalist in the 2014 Quill Awards for best sports feature writer. He was also a finalist in the 2014 Australian Sports Commission awards for his work on ‘Boots for Kids’. He is a winner of the AFL Media Association award for best news reporter and a two-time winner of Cricket Victoria’s cricket writer of the year award. Michael has covered multiple Olympics, Commonwealth Games and world championships and 15 seasons of AFL, He has also written seven books - five sports books and two true crime books.

Policing football zones proves a sticking point

Policing football zones proves a sticking point

The AFL is closing in on recommendations for changes to the game but is still troubled by how to police starting positions.

  • by Michael Gleeson

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4 Points: Can Eagles answer winning question?
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4 Points: Can Eagles answer winning question?

West Coast's ruck predicament presents a real poser; Angus Brayshaw in Demonic form; GWS awaken from giant slumber; Hawks feel Lions' bite.

  • by Michael Gleeson
Saints come marching back

Saints come marching back

Former St Kilda president Rod Butterss will be at the club's president dinner on Friday night for the first time in more than a decade.

  • by Michael Gleeson
Some errors, but protected zone rules protected

Some errors, but protected zone rules protected

A couple of incorrect protected-zone 50-metre penalties at the weekend did not mean the rule was not working or the definitions had changed, the AFL says.

  • by Michael Gleeson
What's the story with Harry McKay?
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What's the story with Harry McKay?

Harry McKay's regular omission has been the most perplexing of a head scratching season for the Blues.

  • by Michael Gleeson
Pies finally get good injury news
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Pies finally get good injury news

Collingwood forward Will Hoskin-Elliott suffered no structural damage in his knee injury on Sunday while a host of players are finally making comebacks.

  • by Michael Gleeson
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Clay Smith announces immediate retirement

Clay Smith announces immediate retirement

Western Bulldogs premiership player Clay Smith has retired immediately unable to overcome repeated knee problems.

  • by Michael Gleeson
4 Points: How Blues can get ahead of the game
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4 Points: How Blues can get ahead of the game

Why Carlton should consider Alex Fasolo; Pies' class comes to the fore; Taking a stand for new rules; Next-gen Hawks lead the way.

  • by Michael Gleeson
Collingwood's Man of Steele
Analysis

Collingwood's Man of Steele

He has never been All-Australian, he has his quirks but Steele Sidebottom is Collingwood's 200 game first-picked favourite.  

  • by Michael Gleeson
Life after Cyril: Rioli retirement means Hawks could target two stars
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Life after Cyril: Rioli retirement means Hawks could target two stars

You don’t replace Cyril. But you can take the salary savings from Rioli's wage and hunt two name players, such as Tom Lynch and Rory Sloane.

  • by Michael Gleeson
Make way for a new Aussie sprint star

Make way for a new Aussie sprint star

Teenager Jake Doran breaks Jack Hale's Australian 100m sprint record with 10.15-second run.

  • by Michael Gleeson