Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

AFL

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.

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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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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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.

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Finals time, and the Hawks are running hot

Jed Anderson

Greg Baum Finals begin where 2012 series left off, with torrid match between Hawthorn and Sydney.

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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 fans' luxury of losing count

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Greg Baum A Hawthorn supporter can still be of working age, and claim to have seen 11 flags.

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.

Hawks' victory sews up top spot

Lance Franklin makes his mark at the MCG.

Greg Baum Suddenly, anyone's season looks distinctly like someone's. At the very least, it is Hawthorn's to lose.

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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.

Hawks in the great escape

Lance Franklin.

Greg Baum History nearly repeated for the Hawks until cool hands prevailed.

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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.

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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Round 1 goes to the Hawks in soaring win

Buddy Franklin reaches for a mark at the MCG last night.

Greg Baum Usually, a football season takes the form of a crescendo. The 2012 season is only a week old, and already is touching climactic heights.

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Jack Clancy of the overflowing

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Greg Baum Jack Clancy was large in life, and larger than it.

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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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A better style of loss for Buckley's Magpies

Collingwood's coach Nathan Buckley urges his players on at quarter-time.

Greg Baum For Collingwood, after two rousing wins, this was not so much a setback as a check.