Greg Baum

Greg Baum

Greg Baum is chief sports columnist and associate editor with The Age

Hawthorn overflowing with premiership cups and cheer

Greg Baum  At a certain point on Hawthorn's premiership lap of honour at the MCG on Saturday, some players gestured to the crowd with upswept arms, as if to ask for more noise.

The greatness of Hawthorn: born, achieved, thrust upon

The Hawks celebrate.

Greg Baum How to measure the greatness of Hawthorn? With apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning, let us count the ways.

AFL grand final 2015: On parade, the colours of an empire

Greg Baum There were Hawthorn jumpers still so new they gleamed in the brilliant spring sunshine, and Hawthorn scarves so old the brown and gold had bled to make the colour of bad hair dye.

From red centre to epicentre: Jeremy McGovern's getting of football wisdom

Traditional footballer: Jeremy McGovern only has eyes for the ball in the qualifying final against Hawthorn

Greg Baum The first of Jeremy McGovern's several football educations began at nine or 10 on a red dirt oval in a hamlet called Warburton, just south of the Gibson desert, 1600km from Perth and 600km from...

Playing when the price is too high

AFL Sherrin

Greg Baum If one of Daniel Chick's aims was to get people talking, he succeeded.

After flying the Hawks' nest, Ellis is at home with the Eagles

Xavier Ellis (right) readies to welcome Shannon Hurn into the West Coast huddle.

Greg Baum While picking up his father at Perth airport before the West Coast-Hawthorn qualifying final, Xavier Ellis bumped into the mother and sister of Luke Hodge disembarking from the same flight, and so...

AFL finals 2015: For the Eagles, Sam Butler's still doing it

Eagle Sam Butler.

Greg Baum Sam Butler, the only survivor from West Coast's last premiership in 2006, was on the bench when the final siren went.

AFL finals 2015: Josh Kennedy gets to a grand final at last

West Coast forward Josh Kennedy caused plenty of headaches for the Hawks in their qualifying final.

Greg Baum West Coast forward Josh Kennedy hasn't even been to a grand final previously, let alone appeared in one.

AFL finals 2015: For already great Hawthorn, immortality beckons

A happy Bradley Hill walks back with coach Alastair Clarkson after Hawthorn ensured their entry into a fourth straight grand final.

Greg Baum Alastair Clarkson says Hawthorn can only be concerned with match-ups in the grand final, not how they match up against history.

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AFL finals 2015: Roos bounced, Eagles coast into grand final

Mark LeCras and Josh Kennedy of the Eagles celebrate after defeating North Melbourne.

Greg Baum This is what happened before anyone scored: a dozen stoppages or more, three kicks out on the full, Nic Naitanui's clean miss.

AFL finals 2015: Violence reaches dangerous threshold

A fan captured an alleged assault on their phone during the game.

Greg Baum On Friday, at a football match, a man punched a woman in the face. There's something very awry here.

AFL finals 2015: Crowd violence mars Hawks' win over Dockers

Players wrestle at the three-quarter-time break.

Greg Baum Hawthorn's heroic victory over Fremantle in Friday night's preliminary final at Domain stadium was soured by a series of ugly incidents involving Fremantle supporters that are bound to have...

AFL finals 2015: When it counts, Hawthorn do it their way

Fremantle's Aaron Sandilands and Hawthorn's David Hale contest the ruck.

Greg Baum This hammer-and-tongs preliminary final became a milestone for both clubs, though neither would admit it.

AFL finals 2015: All's a riot on the western front

AFL Sherrin

Greg Baum Perth this weekend is a swirl of emotions and loyalties.

The farce of AFL's secret men's business

AFL Sherrin

Greg Baum Paddy Dangerfield seems to be as urbane as any man who has played AFL football.

Different names, same game: how the west is winning

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Greg Baum Pilgrims visiting Subiaco Oval for this weekend's preliminary will know, just by looking around them, not only that the seat of football power has shifted, but they are in a different football...

Adam Goodes: no fanfare, not enough fair fans

Those who Adam Goodes made uncomfortable need to ask themselves why.

Greg Baum Adam Goodes has chosen to fade out of the game, without fanfare on the night and eschewing ceremony in the next fortnight of football celebrations.

AFL finals 2015: Blessed are the merciless of Hawthorn

Well done, mate: Jordan Lewis of the Hawks is congratulated by teammates after scoring.

Greg Baum Football fans are like religionists; they look for signs affirming them as the chosen.

AFL season 2015: The peak of under-achievement

AFL Sherrin

Greg Baum What constitutes under-achievement, and for that matter, over-achievement?

AFL finals 2015: Springtime blues as Carlton players dominate

Former Blue Eddie Betts was Adelaide's top-scorer with five goals.

Greg Baum Here is one of those stats that might drive a footy fan to drink: four former Carlton players kicked more goals this season than the entire current Blues list between them.