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

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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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...

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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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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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Mud to stick no matter the outcome

 Coach James Hird arrives at Windy Hill on Tuesday.

Greg Baum If it was not already, the battle is on in deadly earnest now.

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Top pick decides to be choosy

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Greg Baum A player who seeks to change clubs because of personal ambition is liable to be seen as selfish.

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A demon for doing it his way

Greg Baum Aaron Davey was a puff of fresh air when he came along in 2004.

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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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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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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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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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Sorry, pointless end for the Bombers

Essendon

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

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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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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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Rising Pie finds feet down back

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Greg Baum Lachie Keeffe will play a cornerstone role against Hawthorn in a game that will expose how much of Collingwood's late-season recovery is real.

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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.