Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

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Hawthorn in a class of its own

Greg Baum There are ways to beat Hawthorn. Richmond used to know how.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tom Hawkins stars as Cats beat Hawks

Tom Hawkins starred against the Hawks.

Greg Baum Tom Hawkins has booted five goals with Geelong trumping reigning premiers Hawthorn by 19 points to remain the only undefeated side after five AFL rounds.

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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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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 grasp chance to show winning credentials

Hawks forward Buddy Franklin leaps over teammate Cyril Rioli as he bursts out of a pack.

Greg Baum Hawks get a week off, Magpies must lick their wounds and play a semi-final.

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.

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.

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

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

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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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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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.

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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.

Hawks off their knees

Cyril Rioli

Greg Baum After stuttering starts to the season, no two teams in the AFL needed this win more.

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