Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

Cats use a life, Blues get one

Greg Baum Geelong’s sighs of relief and Carlton’s boos echoed through the Etihad chamber at the final siren, but the feature of this game that might resound furthest into the future was the...

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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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Four amigos who could carry the Cats all the way

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Greg Baum Central to Geelong's success is indigenous quartet, Travis Varcoe, Mathew Stokes, Allen Christensen and Steven Motlop.

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Cats whet their appetite

Harry Taylor of the Cats takes a mark as Adam Goodes of the Swans leaps up to contest.

Greg Baum Sydney did what Sydney does at Geelong — it threw the kitchen sink at the Cats.

With a heave and a ho, Freo puts the Cats out

Greg Baum Frequently, the AFL finals are a new and self-contained season, not susceptible to the form or verities of the home-and-away rounds.

Roos bust flat Cats

Drew Petrie

Greg Baum Ruthless Kangaroos take full advantage of a mentally and physically tired Geelong.

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Cats prowl in tight year

Tom Hawkins.

Greg Baum Geelong flatly refuses to accept that its time is past, power forward Tom Hawkins says.

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Cats at a stretch but Blues laid low

Geelong celebrate their win over Carlton

Greg Baum Two damaged teams sought to use each other to regain their fluency and rhythm last night. At long length, Geelong succeeded.

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AFL's conundrum: where have all the goals gone?

A goal umpire signals a goal

Greg Baum A week ago, as the world knows, Germany scored seven goals against Brazil in the World Cup. In AFL football on the weekends each side of that match, there were nine instances of teams scoring seven...

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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.

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Steve Johnson, the midfielder who pushes boundaries

Where did he go: Steve Johnson gets away from the chasing pack.

Greg Baum Steve Johnson is matter-of-fact when he explains the evolution of his bag of football kicks.

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Fabulous four hit the big time

Travis Varcoe.

Greg Baum Motlop, Christensen, Stokes and Varcoe: four parts whose whole potentially is greater than their sum.

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Just like last week for Port, but it's only half as good

Joel Selwood and Paul Chapman celebrate a goal.

Greg Baum The great Port Adelaide adventure of 2013 lasted precisely 23½ games.

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Second Brownlow, but Ablett still says dad is the best

Gary Ablett jnr and snr.

Greg Baum Both Gary Ablett and his illustrious father have a common source to thank: God

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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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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.

Vale the Geelong Flyer, 'fair dinkum unbelievable'

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Greg Baum To put Geelong in the mood for the 1963 VFL grand final, coach Bob Davis brought in piano accordionist and television clown Happy Hammond.

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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.

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.

Anguish of the shouldabeens

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Greg Baum There is no premiership so coveted as the one that can never be won.