Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

AFL the unseen player in court drama

Greg Baum The AFL is neither applicant nor defendant in this Federal Court showdown, but it is present in nearly every conversation.

It's Bomber versus Bomber


Greg Baum As hopefully few enough people in Melbourne have had to learn, the Federal Court building in Melbourne also houses the Family Court.

Judd planned to retire five months ago

Chris Judd.

Greg Baum, Michael Gleeson and Matt Murnane Carlton star Chris Judd has revealed he made up his mind “four or five months ago” that he would retire at the end of this season.

After defeating Essendon, time for Tigers to dream

Richmond players belt out the club song as they celebrate victory over Essendon on Friday.

Greg Baum This was not the Dreamtime game. It was more important than that; it was the time to dream game.

Middle East politics enters the sports arena

Greg Baum Moeen Ali is England's latest cricket hero. You might even call him its great white hope, except that in this context, the term doubtlessly would give some offence.

AFL under fire for Gaza ad ban at Adelaide Oval

Adelaide Oval

Greg Baum, Larissa Nicholson The AFL has been accused of censorship for stepping in to ban a planned advertising campaign at the Adelaide Oval supporting Gaza.


Collingwood turns ship around with win over Port Adelaide

Heritier Lumumba runs with the ball.

Greg Baum This match had the quality of two teams clinging to the wreckage, knowing that it would only bear one of them.


Greater love hath no fan: take it from Follower

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Greg Baum All codes, all sports, tend to self-correct, which is why I would argue against the introduction of a send-off rule in response to Ty Vickery's felling of Dean Cox.


Ty Vickery tribunal is a knockout

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Greg Baum If you didn't know that it was medically impossible, you might have started to think that concussion was contagious at the AFL tribunal on Tuesday night.


Whatever Ty Vickery's penalty for Dean Cox blow, he won't do it again

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Greg Baum What is Ty Vickery's✓ right whack? This is now a question for the AFL tribunal when it sits on Tuesday.


Swans bigger, Hawks better, in AFL epic

Greg Baum The least that can be said about this match is the most that can be said: it lived up to its billing.

The fifth quarter: much asked, little given

Greg Baum Greg Baum paints a sketch of a typical post-match presser.


AFL must move urgently to solve perversity of competition draw

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Greg Baum Now that the new AFL dispensation is in place, and a certain amount of goodwill is flowing its way, and its ears are open to entreaties, there is one matter it should deal with straight away, and...

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AFL's conundrum: where have all the goals gone?

A goal umpire signals a goal

Greg Baum A week ago, as the world knows, Germany scored seven goals against Brazil in the World Cup. In AFL football on the weekends each side of that match, there were nine instances of teams scoring seven...

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Why everyone loves St Lenny

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Greg Baum It is one thing to say that you love Lenny Hayes. Everyone in football says it. His St Kilda teammates made a special point of saying it on the front of T-shirts they wore to Tuesday's announcement...


Jake Carlisle leaves his mark on submissive Magpies

Jake Carlisle marks ahead of Collingwood's Marley Williams.

Greg Baum It was a long afternoon for Collingwood. It is becoming a long season. But it may suddenly be shortened by a week or two of what once looked certain to be finals football.


Magpies hit their straps, Saints hit the wall

Magpie Alex Fasolo high-fives supporters after the team's big win on Friday night.

Greg Baum Less than 35,000 were at Etihad stadium on Friday to watch Collingwood trounce St Kilda by 86 points, the smallest ever Friday night crowd for a Collingwood game against another Victorian team.


Steve Johnson, the midfielder who pushes boundaries

Where did he go: Steve Johnson gets away from the chasing pack.

Greg Baum Steve Johnson is matter-of-fact when he explains the evolution of his bag of football kicks.


Gary Ablett lucky to get his right whack

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Greg Baum Gary Ablett is lucky, and at the same time vindicated, and above all, free still to win the third Brownlow Medal that every week seems more likely to be his.


Bombers fans' boo boo

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Greg Baum Essendon fans spent so much time and energy booing at Etihad stadium last Friday that it was a wonder they got around to cheering at all.

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