Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

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Bombers humiliate old enemy

Essendon's Dyson Heppell wraps up Carlton's Dylan Buckley.

Greg Baum The most ominous aspect for the Blues was that it was not hard to see this coming.

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Footy dragged through the mud

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Greg Baum It has been a football week of even more mud-flinging than usual.

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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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Swans in the driver's seat to sink Pies

Jude Bolton battles Nick Maxwell.

Greg Baum Sydney begins the indigenous round in style, with a 47-point defeat of Collingwood.

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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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Hawks find a way to stem tide

Stopped: Hawthorn’s Josh Gibson tackled by North’s Majak Daw.

Greg Baum Hawthorn holds on to beat North Melbourne by three points in a pulsating match.

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Demons fail to reach their goals

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Greg Baum Melbourne played like men possessed, Carlton like a self-possessed team.

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Stop playing the man, fans want their boys to soar

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Greg Baum Many moan that hands-free marking denies the game the spectacle of a show of strength. But should it not firstly be a test of skill?

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Hawks play straight men

Fists of fury: A big pack flies for the ball during Hawthorn's win over Sydney at the MCG on Saturday night.

Greg Baum All the goals that Hawthorn could not kick in last year's grand final, it kicked on Saturday.

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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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Hawk win goes to script

Hawks hopping happy: Lance Franklin (left) helps Isaac Smith celebrate his goal.

Greg Baum It is one thing for a game to become a mismatch on the day. It is another for it to be a mismatch before it begins.

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Saints desperately close

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Greg Baum If St Kilda is rebuilding, this might be remembered as the first peg in the ground, once it soothes away the hurt.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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.

Despite the doubts, Crows in final four

Packing a punch: Jason Porplyzia celebrates with Nathan van Berlo after kicking one of his three goals last night.

Greg Baum, Adelaide Against Fremantle in last night's semi-final, Adelaide did it their way, which is to say the hard way.

Dream achieved, Tarrant at ease

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Greg Baum The Magpies backman is leaving the game with no regrets.

Day the Pies got the job done

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Greg Baum Essendon great Terry Daniher never was one for varnishing the truth.