Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

AFL

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.

Anguish and ecstasy in finals farewell

Bittersweet victory: Magpies Sharrod Wellingham, Jarryd Blair and Dayne Beams shed a tear for John McCarthy.

Greg Baum Semi-final victory hurt so good for Collingwood at the MCG last night. In yet another epic of football as tug-of-war, the Magpies dug in their heels to beat West Coast by 13 points.

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It's Bomber versus Bomber

Essendon

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

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...

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...

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.

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.

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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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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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Tommy Hafey a legend with a footy and toaster

TOM HAFEY. VFL Grand Final, 1969. Carlton v Richmond.

Greg Baum Of the many tales told about Tom Hafey at a remembrance of his life on Monday, the most revealing was really no more than a diary note.

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T-shirt Tommy Hafey was on a lifelong footy high

Tom Hafey

Greg Baum Australian football has had no greater or more enthusastic evangelist than Tom Hafey, who died on Monday night, aged 82.

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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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Carlton coach says defeat came as rude shock

Mick Malthouse

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...

Frail links stretched thin in the Daisy chain

Dale Thomas celebrates his first goal for the Blues.

Greg Baum Collingwood's inaugural big league captain, Bill Strickland, was recruited from Carlton. That was in 1897.

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Life of Brian

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 01:  Mitch Duncan of the Cats is congratulated by team mates after kicking a goal during the round one AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Geelong Cats at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 1, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Greg Baum Brian Lake wants to be remembered as a Bulldogs life member and Hawks premiership player.

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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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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.

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

Lance Franklin

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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Hawks fans' luxury of losing count

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