Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

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Finals time, and the Hawks are running hot

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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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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...

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.

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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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.

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.

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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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

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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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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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AFL considers first out, first pick national draft proposal

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Greg Baum Economist reviewed draft data as 16-team competition from 1997 to 2009 and modelled alternative.

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Hawks' unfinished business

Job half done: The Hawks celebrate their 2013 premiership, but believe they owe themselves another in 2014.

Greg Baum There is a sense at Hawthorn that it still owes itself one business-hours premiership.

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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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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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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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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.