Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

Rioli's goal is one out of the box

Greg Baum As much as Hawthorn's freakish Cyril Rioli surprised Richmond's Ricky Petterd to kick one of the more original goals of recent times at the MCG on Sunday, so Rioli surprised himself.

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Hawthorn in a class of its own

Cyril Rioli.

Greg Baum There are ways to beat Hawthorn. Richmond used to know how.

One way or another, the Magpies prevail

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Greg Baum Anzac Day brought two of everything. Two processions, from the shrine in the morning, to the other shrine in the afternoon. Each was in its own way reverential.

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Tom Hawkins stars as Cats beat Hawks

Tom Hawkins starred against the Hawks.

Greg Baum Tom Hawkins has booted five goals with Geelong trumping reigning premiers Hawthorn by 19 points to remain the only undefeated side after five AFL rounds.

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Ablett on Ablett: I might have to abdicate

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Greg Baum Fidgeting with his tie, Gary Ablett remembered his beginnings in life and football in Drouin: the cold, the rabbit pies, the borrowed gear.

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Lou Richards wins the Kennedy award: you can bet on it

Centre of attention: Lou Richards surrounded by family and Collingwood players on Thursday.

Greg Baum Lou Richards and John Kennedy first met more than 60 footy seasons ago, as captains of Collingwood and Hawthorn respectively.

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AFL must beware the off-side trap

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Greg Baum Australian football has never been more highly ordered and structured than now

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Carlton coach says defeat came as rude shock

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Greg Baum Carlton coach Mick Malthouse labelled his team's 81-point capitulation to Essendon at the MCG on Sunday evening as "embarrassing", said it came as a rude shock to him and revealed that the players...

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Bombers humiliate old enemy

Essendon's Dyson Heppell wraps up Carlton's Dylan Buckley.

Greg Baum The most ominous aspect for the Blues was that it was not hard to see this coming.

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Time to pass some early tests

Crunch: Jarryd Blair and Mitch Duncan crash together.

Greg Baum In the early rounds, the contending clubs present their credentials.

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Hawks amaze themselves

Hawthorn v Fremantle.

Greg Baum Hawthorn shocked even itself with its six-goal head start over Fremantle in the grand final rematch at the MCG on Friday night, laying the foundations of a thumping 58-point win.

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Same place, even better time if you like the Hawks

Hawthorn's Matthew Suckling tackles Stephen Hill of Fremantle.

Greg Baum Different year, different teams, different occasion. There was a premiership flag at the MCG on Friday night, but it was 2013's, now unfurled for the first time.

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Same place, even better time if you like the Hawks

Greg Baum Different year, different teams, different occasion. There was a premiership flag at the MCG on Friday night, but it was 2013's, now unfurled for the first time.

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Jack Clancy of the overflowing

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Greg Baum Jack Clancy was large in life, and larger than it.

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AFL ticket system loses face value

Darren Birch said the AFL knew that potentially 80,000 might become 60,000 on Sundays.

Greg Baum After an underwhelming start to the season, and faced with simmering supporter discontent, the AFL acknowledges that it has not adequately gazetted and explained its new variable price ticketing...

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Swans missing Mummy

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Greg Baum The Swans are not so much struggling to come to terms with Lance Franklin as they are missing their "Mummy".

Hawthorn's great escape

Eyes on the ball

Michael Gleeson and Greg Baum Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson was simply happy to get the win, while Essendon's Mark Thompson was almost happy with the loss.

Hawks still rule, but Bombers redraw the line

Hawthorn v Essendon

Greg Baum After 10 years, the line in the sand had become more of a scuff mark in the grass. Essendon, full of bravado, kept giving it the good old-fashioned "c'mon, I'll have ya", but never did, quite.

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Playing the ball, not the woman

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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?