Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

Jordan Lewis' year of rolling out the barrel

Natural leader: Jordan Lewis, who is in career-best form for the Hawks, lets fly at training on Friday.

Greg Baum Hawthorn was blockaded in Sydney's half. The game plan called for it to hold its nerve and thread its way out, but it wasn't working.

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Swans bigger, Hawks better, in AFL epic

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Greg Baum The least that can be said about this match is the most that can be said: it lived up to its billing.

Hawks still rule, but Bombers redraw the line

Hawthorn v Essendon

Greg Baum After 10 years, the line in the sand had become more of a scuff mark in the grass. Essendon, full of bravado, kept giving it the good old-fashioned "c'mon, I'll have ya", but never did, quite.

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Swans missing Mummy

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Greg Baum The Swans are not so much struggling to come to terms with Lance Franklin as they are missing their "Mummy".

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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.

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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Buddy makes his mark, reaches his goals

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Greg Baum In all the contemplations of whether Lance Franklin was worth the money and the fuss to Sydney, never was it considered that he might actually improve as a player in his new guernsey and guise.

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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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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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Coaching's kooky monsters

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Greg Baum 'We're weirdos, coaches,' said Clarkson, addressing a roomful of peers and proteges.

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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Jeff the centre of attention, focus of his own universe

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Greg Baum Jeff Kennett is the man who is always going away and never goes.

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

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

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Long and short of it is Hawks beat up on Pies

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Greg Baum Hawthorn had the win that needed no explanation; Collingwood the defeat that had no alibi.

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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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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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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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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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.