Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

AFL

Time to pass some early tests

Greg Baum In the early rounds, the contending clubs present their credentials.

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.

AFL

Magpies hit their straps, Saints hit the wall

Magpie Alex Fasolo high-fives supporters after the team's big win on Friday night.

Greg Baum Less than 35,000 were at Etihad stadium on Friday to watch Collingwood trounce St Kilda by 86 points, the smallest ever Friday night crowd for a Collingwood game against another Victorian team.

Dream achieved, Tarrant at ease

Chris Tarrant

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

The Brownlow of Jobe

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 24:  Jobe Watson of the Bombers poses with the Brownlow Medal during the 2012 Brownlow Medal at Crown Palladium on September 24, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Greg Baum Essendon captain Jobe Watson out-stays a packed field to win the 2012 Brownlow Medal.

AFL

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.

AFL

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.

AFL

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.

AFL

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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Career on high beam for a devoted Pie

Blossoming: Dayne Beams.

Greg Baum Dayne Beams voluntarily withdrew from last year's grand final because of an injury.

Footy is no longer small beer

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Greg Baum The rewards from playing AFL football make the sacrifices worthwhile, or do they?

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.

AFL

Magpie miracle

Collingwood's Travis Cloke.

Greg Baum The contract for the grand final we had to have is almost complete, but only after an epic escape by Collingwood.

Celebrating football's broadest church

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Greg Baum GWS on course to be first club to finish season with more leaders than premiership points.

Football

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.

AFL

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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Magpies hang on in an epic tug-of-war

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Greg Baum For the whole of the final frantic minute, the Eagles could well have reversed that result.

Magpie thrives in whole new ball game

Greg Baum In many ways, Scott Pendlebury looks what he is, a basketballer playing football.