Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

Jordan Lewis' year of rolling out the barrel

Natural leader: Jordan Lewis, who is in career-best form for the Hawks, lets fly at training on Friday.

Greg Baum Hawthorn was blockaded in Sydney's half. The game plan called for it to hold its nerve and thread its way out, but it wasn't working.

Bans, bargain bans, going cheap

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Greg Baum So, charged to get to the bottom of the first great drugs-in-sport crisis in Australian history, ASADA's solution is a sweetheart deal? For the 17 Cronulla players, suspensions backdated so far that...

Judd planned to retire five months ago

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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.

It's Bomber versus Bomber

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

AFL the unseen player in court drama

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

Williams hit golf out of bounds with the humour sport deserves

Greg Baum In a New York show in 2002, the suddenly late Robin Williams famously deconstructed golf. Here is a flavour; you will have to imagine the rat-a-tat delivery.

Cats use a life, Blues get one

Any which way: Geelong's Joel Selwood leads the Blues on a merry dance.

Greg Baum Geelong’s sighs of relief and Carlton’s boos echoed through the Etihad chamber at the final siren, but the feature of this game that might resound furthest into the future was the...

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.

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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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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.

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Greater love hath no fan: take it from Follower

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.

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Collingwood turns ship around with win over Port Adelaide

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

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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...

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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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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.

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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.

Hawthorn's great escape

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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.

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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.

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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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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.