Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

AFL

Playing the ball, not the woman

Greg Baum Mark Taylor arrived in England in 1997 as Australian Test captain, but also in a drastic and protracted slump that was threatening his place in the side.

Tigers narrowly edge out a determined Carlton in fierce grudge match

Trent Cotchin struggles to break Dale Thomas' tackle.

Greg Baum After Richmond's four-goal opening salvo, this encounter was condensed to a single question: when the Tigers play Carlton, how far in front is too far?

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Essendon ignores drama to notch memorable win

Dustin Fletcher celebrates his 379th game.

Greg Baum In the beginning, there wasn’t really a beginning.

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Hushed hallelujahs for this second coming

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Greg Baum How a fan's faith in Essendon and James Hird has been shaken.

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Closing the deal with Andrew Demetriou

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Greg Baum In Andrew Demetriou's 11 years, the AFL has entrenched itself as the most prosperous and powerful sports body in the land.

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Marley Williams' place in Collingwood team should be taken from him

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Greg Baum If Collingwood steps back and thinks for a moment now, it will see that playing Williams is folly.

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AFL considers first out, first pick national draft proposal

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Greg Baum Economist reviewed draft data as 16-team competition from 1997 to 2009 and modelled alternative.

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Hawks' unfinished business

Job half done: The Hawks celebrate their 2013 premiership, but believe they owe themselves another in 2014.

Greg Baum There is a sense at Hawthorn that it still owes itself one business-hours premiership.

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We awaited the storm, but all we got were grey areas

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Greg Baum It was, memorably if not officially, the ''blackest day in Australian sport''.

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Essendon unveils new training facility

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Greg Baum There's no other way of saying this: the way Essendon has grown between seasons, it is as if the club is on steroids.

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The Buddy snatchers open a can of worms

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Greg Baum The Blues wrote the book on manipulation; the Swans merely digitalised it.

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Hawks fans' luxury of losing count

Greg Baum A Hawthorn supporter can still be of working age, and claim to have seen 11 flags.

Thanks for the memories? Body language says it all for Buddy

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Greg Baum Without saying a word, Lance "Buddy" Franklin bade farewell to Hawthorn on Sunday.

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Purple turns to puce as wayward Freo is left feeling green

AFL Grand Final 2013 MCG, Dejected Fremantle Dockers at the MCG. 28th September 2013 The Age Sport, Photo by Jason South.

Greg Baum Nat Fyfe marked brilliantly over Jarryd Roughead, kicked at a goal and missed everything.

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Coaching's exquisite agony

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Greg Baum At some point today, Alastair Clarkson and Ross Lyon will realise the day can only end at one end of the emotional scale.

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In the script at Hawthorn, (P) is for premiership

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Greg Baum Waverley Park was (P) again on Thursday, and for Hawthorn that bodes well.

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Hypocrisy the other big Brownlow winner

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Greg Baum Here is an executive summary of the messages put out by the AFL this week.

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Second Brownlow, but Ablett still says dad is the best

Gary Ablett jnr and snr.

Greg Baum Both Gary Ablett and his illustrious father have a common source to thank: God

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Loyalty in eye of the beholder

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Greg Baum Let's call him Lance, though it could be Dale or Dustin, or soon, your favourite footballer.

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Hawks finally kill off the Kennett curse and live to play another day

Victory dance: Shaun Burgoyne (left) and Josh Gibson celebrate the Hawks' fighting win over Geelong and a grand final berth.

Greg Baum Hawks rise out of the ground like a ghost of their own devising to break the spell.

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