Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

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Ablett on Ablett: I might have to abdicate

Greg Baum Fidgeting with his tie, Gary Ablett remembered his beginnings in life and football in Drouin: the cold, the rabbit pies, the borrowed gear.

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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.

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Same place, even better time if you like the Hawks

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.

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Hawks amaze themselves

Hawthorn v Fremantle.

Greg Baum Hawthorn shocked even itself with its six-goal head start over Fremantle in the grand final rematch at the MCG on Friday night, laying the foundations of a thumping 58-point win.

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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

Eyes on the ball

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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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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Blue-collar Carlton fails late in game

Hawthorn celebrate.

Greg Baum Irresistible early and late, Hawthorn prevailed over an honest but outmanned Carlton at Etihad stadium on Friday night.

How will the ball bounce this time?

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Greg Baum It should have gone straight. If it had, it would have led to honour and glory and an inviolable place in St Kilda legend and the history of the game. But it didn't.

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Rising Pie finds feet down back

Lachie Keefe.

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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A demon for doing it his way

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

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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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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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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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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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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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Second Brownlow, but Ablett still says dad is the best

Gary Ablett jnr and snr.

Greg Baum Both Gary Ablett and his illustrious father have a common source to thank: God

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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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In the script at Hawthorn, (P) is for premiership

Hawthorn open training

Greg Baum Waverley Park was (P) again on Thursday, and for Hawthorn that bodes well.

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