Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

AFL

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.

AFL

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.

AFL

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.

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.

AFL

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.

AFL

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.

AFL

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.

AFL

Life of Brian

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 01:  Mitch Duncan of the Cats is congratulated by team mates after kicking a goal during the round one AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Geelong Cats at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 1, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Greg Baum Brian Lake wants to be remembered as a Bulldogs life member and Hawks premiership player.

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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 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.

The draft is an acquired taste

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Greg Baum With free agency thrown in, trade week now goes for a month.

Some things change, but blessedly, others stay just as they are

Greg Baum Seasons change, teams change, rules change, but THE rule doesn't.

Dogs unleash winning form at long last

Time to celebrate: Luke Dahlhaus is thrilled with the Bulldog victory.

Greg Baum For the Western Bulldogs, the result of this slog of a match mattered.