Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

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Bump's life passes before its eyes

Greg Baum Last week, the bump had a near-death experience. Now its vital signs are being monitored again as six players digest the match review panel's verdicts on their bumps.

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Steve Johnson, the midfielder who pushes boundaries

Where did he go: Steve Johnson gets away from the chasing pack.

Greg Baum Steve Johnson is matter-of-fact when he explains the evolution of his bag of football kicks.

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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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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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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...

Dockers force a passage to final frontier

Arm wrestle: North Melbourne's Michael Firrito takes hold of Michael Barlow.

Greg Baum Fremantle settles top eight with shock 53-point win over North Melbourne.

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Shifty shades of Blue

Brett Ratten.

Greg Baum Ruthless Carlton is changing again and forever in a hurry.

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Cats whet their appetite

Harry Taylor of the Cats takes a mark as Adam Goodes of the Swans leaps up to contest.

Greg Baum Sydney did what Sydney does at Geelong — it threw the kitchen sink at the Cats.

Pies look to 2011 Cats as their form guide

Collingwood says its rousing semi-final victory over West Coast last Saturday indicates that it is rising as a sustainable force in the finals series, as Geelong did last year.

Greg Baum Collingwood says its rousing semi-final victory over West Coast last Saturday indicates that it is rising as a sustainable force in the finals series, as Geelong did last year.

Spirit of the Bloods leads to premiership

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Greg Baum The Sydney Swans will never know how they won this premiership, except that it is the way they always win.

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Confusion forces Dons to seek clarity

Essendon's CEO Ian Robson, president David Evans and coach James Hird.

Greg Baum The sting was in the beginning, so easily missed as the full import of what Essendon president David Evans was saying slowly sunk in, and so completely overlooked later in the breaking storm.

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Taking the contact out of sport

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Greg Baum As sensibilities change, so too are the crunching nature of our games.

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Tigers see off plucky Demons

Wrapped up: Demon Matt Jones and Tiger Shane Edwards get in a tangle.

Greg Baum For Melbourne, the season has been reduced to mitigation of its margins of defeats.

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One-way traffic after early fling

COlin Garland is beaten to the ball by Travis Cloke

Greg Baum This was one quarter of match, three quarters of match practice. The first quarter was Melbourne's nod to the occasion, the biggest day of its football year.

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Business as usual for the Bombers

Gold coast essendon

Greg Baum Ultimately, the 43-point margin was a small form of victory for the Gold Coast Suns.

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Tigers are stirring

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick.

Greg Baum Damien Hardwick is confident of lifting his youngsters to new heights.

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Logic and key stats no match for Geelong's key Chap

Cats celebrate

Greg Baum Three certainties characterise the Geelong-Hawthorn rivalry, the grandest of the age.

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Carlton passes test and hands out a lesson

AFL Round 3 Carlton v Collingwood.Carlton's Chris Judd gets away from Collingwood's Scott Pendlebury at the MCG. 13th April 2012.Picture Sebastian Costanzo. The Age.

Greg Baum This was football as VCE. The big test is at the end of the year, but there are interim tests too.

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Heart-stopper

Bombers forward Leroy Jetta lays a strong tackle on Magpie Alex Fasolo.

Greg Baum Seventeen years after Collingwood and Essendon drew in what is called the start of the Anzac Day footy tradition, they played themselves to an epic standstill again.

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Tigers fight to the finish but fall short

Dejected Tiger Jack Riewoldt leaves the field.

Greg Baum Class and poise get unbeaten West Coast Eagles across the line.

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