Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

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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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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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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.

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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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.

One way or another, the Magpies prevail

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Greg Baum Anzac Day brought two of everything. Two processions, from the shrine in the morning, to the other shrine in the afternoon. Each was in its own way reverential.

Rioli's goal is one out of the box

Cyril Rioli high-fives supporters after the game.

Greg Baum As much as Hawthorn's freakish Cyril Rioli surprised Richmond's Ricky Petterd to kick one of the more original goals of recent times at the MCG on Sunday, so Rioli surprised himself.

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Hawthorn in a class of its own

Cyril Rioli.

Greg Baum There are ways to beat Hawthorn. Richmond used to know how.

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Ablett on Ablett: I might have to abdicate

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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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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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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

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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

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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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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 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.