Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

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Jake Carlisle leaves his mark on submissive Magpies

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.

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.

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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.

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Wounded Magpies call on plan B, and C and ...

Tagger: North's Jack Ziebell tries to cling to Collingwood's Dane Swan.

Greg Baum This was a tale of the best laid plans of mice and football clubs.

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Magpies have the final say

Collingwood's Scott Pendlebury celebrates his goal that sealed the match.

Greg Baum Mick and the Magpies never did cross paths at the MCG on Sunday.

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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.

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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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.

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Collingwood turns ship around with win over Port Adelaide

Heritier Lumumba runs with the ball.

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

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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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Lou Richards wins the Kennedy award: you can bet on it

Centre of attention: Lou Richards surrounded by family and Collingwood players on Thursday.

Greg Baum Lou Richards and John Kennedy first met more than 60 footy seasons ago, as captains of Collingwood and Hawthorn respectively.

Frail links stretched thin in the Daisy chain

Dale Thomas celebrates his first goal for the Blues.

Greg Baum Collingwood's inaugural big league captain, Bill Strickland, was recruited from Carlton. That was in 1897.

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Blue night for Daisy as his old mates make life tough

Dale Thomas comes off at half-time.

Greg Baum Dale Thomas' rebaptism as a Carlton player was sealed in the sweat and tears of a defeat.

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Tommy Hafey a legend with a footy and toaster

TOM HAFEY. VFL Grand Final, 1969. Carlton v Richmond.

Greg Baum Of the many tales told about Tom Hafey at a remembrance of his life on Monday, the most revealing was really no more than a diary note.

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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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Marley Williams' place in Collingwood team should be taken from him

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Greg Baum If Collingwood steps back and thinks for a moment now, it will see that playing Williams is folly.

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A fabulous recognition of a Collingwood life

Greg Baum Carman had an impact akin to Carey and Franklin rolled into one, writes Greg Baum.

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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.

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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...

A doubting Thomas

Sidelined no more: Josh Thomas has put a string of injuries behind him.

Greg Baum And with good cause, but four-game Magpie has spread his wings.