Michael continued to ply his trade with the Lions Reserves side, and his size and versatility proved useful for the side.
• He played mainly as a key defender in the early stages of the season, but was also moved up forward and into the ruck on occasion.
• He was named in the Northern Conference U21 State Squad, and was part of the team that comfortably defeated the Eastern Conference U21s.
• A move to the forward/ruck role towards the end of the season saw him blossom even further – with standout performances against Gold Coast Reserves, Southport and NT Thunder helping lift the Lions to their first State League Grand Final in 11 years.
• Michael was part of the Reserves’ 2012 NEAFL Premiership side, and received the Andrew Ireland Medal as best-on-ground the following week against Eastern Conference Premiers Queanbeyan in the Inter-Conference Championship.
Season by Season
• Michael continued to be used with great effect in a variety of roles in the NEAFL, however he spent the majority of his time as a ruck/forward.
• He was one of two Lions players - along with Nick Hayes - to be selected in the NEAFL Northern Conference (QLD/NT) representative squad, which lost to the SANFL's best by 82 points in Adelaide.
• However, Michael further enhanced his reputation as a 'big game player' after being awarded the Zane Taylor Medal as the NEAFL Northern Conference’s best player. It came just nine months after he also received the Andrew Ireland Medal as the best player in the Lions Reserves’ 2012 Cross-Conference Championship triumph over Queanbeyan.
• Michael's stunning form wasn't missed by the Lions, who promptly elevated him to the senior list a couple of weeks later ahead of his AFL debut against Carlton under lights at the Gabba in Round 9.
• He played consecutive senior games - against big opponents in the Blues and Collingwood - mostly as a defender, before returning to the NEAFL.
• He received one final call-up in the Lions' final match of the season against Geelong at Simonds Stadium, and he produced his best senior game with 10 disposals, four marks and 11 hitouts in a narrow loss to the Cats.
• While the senior team's campaign had ended, Michael re-joined his Reserves teammates in time for the NEAFL finals, and play a big role in helping the Club secure back-to-back State League titles.