Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

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Swans limp into prelim as Carlton slip-slides away

Greg Baum Once again Swans subvert recent course of football season, outlasting Carlton.

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Slippery surface no problem for coaches

Sydney's Nick Malceski and Carlton's Dennis Armfield try to stay upright as they tussle for the ball.

Greg Baum Whatever tripped up Carlton, it was not the playing surface, averred coach Mick Malthouse.

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Just like last week for Port, but it's only half as good

Joel Selwood and Paul Chapman celebrate a goal.

Greg Baum The great Port Adelaide adventure of 2013 lasted precisely 23½ games.

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Big-time player takes his final curtain call

Alan Didak

Greg Baum Alan Didak didn't just kick goals, he made a production of them.

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Shaw needs to be exorcised of his defensive demons

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Greg Baum Collingwood has many decisions to make about its list and its game plan.

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For Richmond, that's why they call it the blues

Richmond supporters see the end approaching.

Greg Baum In a classic final against the enemy of generations, one side gets it wrong.

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Finals time, and the Hawks are running hot

Jed Anderson

Greg Baum Finals begin where 2012 series left off, with torrid match between Hawthorn and Sydney.

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Familiar refrain calls family to rally 'round

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Greg Baum Richmond's theme song is the only one that literally gives its fans a speaking part.

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Master defender Lake steals forward and the dam wall bursts

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Greg Baum THE 2013 finals began where the 2012 series left off, with a torrid match between Hawthorn and Sydney. Some of the names had changed, but there were no innocents, then or now.

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Hawks much better placed than last year, says Clarkson

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson shows his appreciation of Luke Hodge after the Hawks' big win over Sydney.

Michael Gleeson and Greg Baum Hawthorn coach says club learnt lessons from last year's grand final defeat.

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Gunston a Hawk-eye goalkicker

Jack Gunston

Greg Baum He is the AFL's sharpest shooter from set shots, but still rues one that got away.

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Sorry, pointless end for the Bombers

Essendon

Greg Baum Essendon was playing for no points and Richmond for academic points.

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Fabulous four hit the big time

Travis Varcoe.

Greg Baum Motlop, Christensen, Stokes and Varcoe: four parts whose whole potentially is greater than their sum.

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Four amigos who could carry the Cats all the way

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Greg Baum Central to Geelong's success is indigenous quartet, Travis Varcoe, Mathew Stokes, Allen Christensen and Steven Motlop.

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Hird profile double-edged sword for Dons

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Greg Baum No one could accuse James Hird of hiding. Every week of this tumultuous season, he has faced up to pre and post-match media briefings, dead-batting questions about the growing supplements scandal...

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First the drugs, and now Dons take their medicine

Greg Baum Essendon was desperate not to be cast as a cheat, but that is how it will be remembered.

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Weird and wonderful as Bombers soar

Essendon players and coach James Hird belt out the team song in the rooms after the come-fron-behind win over Carlton.

Greg Baum James Hird will coach Essendon again but not in such a weird and wonderful game.

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How Kochie got Port on a roll

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Greg Baum Port was a basket case when David Koch answered the unlikely call 12 months ago.

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Pies in for quick kill

Magpie Travis Cloke is spoilt by Blayne Wilson and Eric MacKenzie of the Eagles at the MCG.

Greg Baum Collingwood's Travis Cloke takes the lead for the Coleman Medal as his side demolishes West Coast.

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Verbal pushing and shoving most unbecoming

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Greg Baum Everyone needs to step back and ask: Why was Essendon anywhere near that line in the first place?

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