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.
Greg Baum How to measure the greatness of Hawthorn? With apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning, let us count the ways.
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.
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...
Greg Baum If one of Daniel Chick's aims was to get people talking, he succeeded.
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...
Greg Baum Sam Butler, the only survivor from West Coast's last premiership in 2006, was on the bench when the final siren went.
Greg Baum West Coast forward Josh Kennedy hasn't even been to a grand final previously, let alone appeared in one.
Greg Baum Alastair Clarkson says Hawthorn can only be concerned with match-ups in the grand final, not how they match up against history.
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.
Greg Baum On Friday, at a football match, a man punched a woman in the face. There's something very awry here.
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...
Greg Baum This hammer-and-tongs preliminary final became a milestone for both clubs, though neither would admit it.
Greg Baum Perth this weekend is a swirl of emotions and loyalties.
Greg Baum Paddy Dangerfield seems to be as urbane as any man who has played AFL football.
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...
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.
Greg Baum Football fans are like religionists; they look for signs affirming them as the chosen.
Greg Baum What constitutes under-achievement, and for that matter, over-achievement?
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.