Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

AFL

Collingwood turns ship around with win over Port Adelaide

Greg Baum This match had the quality of two teams clinging to the wreckage, knowing that it would only bear one of them.

AFL

Jake Carlisle leaves his mark on submissive Magpies

Jake Carlisle marks ahead of Collingwood's Marley Williams.

Greg Baum It was a long afternoon for Collingwood. It is becoming a long season. But it may suddenly be shortened by a week or two of what once looked certain to be finals football.

AFL

Time to pass some early tests

Crunch: Jarryd Blair and Mitch Duncan crash together.

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.

AFL

Long and short of it is Hawks beat up on Pies

Lance Franklin

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

AFL

Danger defused, Dons, Carlisle give Pies boot

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Greg Baum As the siren sounded to mark the most significant of Essendon's run of five wins in what has been an astonishing start to 2013, Jake Carlisle walked crookedly from the interchange bench to join his...

AFL

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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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

Gunston a Hawk-eye goalkicker

Jack Gunston

Greg Baum He is the AFL's sharpest shooter from set shots, but still rues one that got away.

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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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Plans will change for Magpies and Eagles

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Greg Baum Collingwood and West Coast must simultaneously try to anticipate the other's adjustments.

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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.

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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.

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.

Footy business a meet market

Greg Baum Long before two sides meet, a lot of meetings have taken place.

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Blue chip tradition

Collingwood's Darren Jolly battles with Carlton's Matthew Kreuzer.

Greg Baum The rumbling builds for what is more than just another match.

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I always saw myself as a little bit like Jonathan Brown

Tom Hawkins

Greg Baum Geelong man mountain Tom Hawkins has finally become as formidable on-field as he looks.

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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.