Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

AFL

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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Viney bump was out of time

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Greg Baum Jack Viney's two-match suspension was remitted at least partly because he was considered to have had too little time to do other than crash into Tom Lynch.

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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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How Kochie got Port on a roll

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Greg Baum Port was a basket case when David Koch answered the unlikely call 12 months ago.

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Big-time player takes his final curtain call

Alan Didak

Greg Baum Alan Didak didn't just kick goals, he made a production of them.

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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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Dan for all seasons

Daniel Kerr

Greg Baum The Daniel Kerr highlights reel screened to the Eagles before his 200th game had the lot.

Pies look to 2011 Cats as their form guide

Collingwood says its rousing semi-final victory over West Coast last Saturday indicates that it is rising as a sustainable force in the finals series, as Geelong did last year.

Greg Baum Collingwood says its rousing semi-final victory over West Coast last Saturday indicates that it is rising as a sustainable force in the finals series, as Geelong did last year.

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Demons fail to reach their goals

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Greg Baum Melbourne played like men possessed, Carlton like a self-possessed team.

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Dees lack method in their madness

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Greg Baum Melbourne announced only what is patently obvious anyway, that it is in an unholy mess.

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Tigers are stirring

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick.

Greg Baum Damien Hardwick is confident of lifting his youngsters to new heights.

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Accidents do happen, and are often unavoidable

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Greg Baum The match review panel has developed such a mania for finding not just cause, but culpability in every heart-in-mouth happening on the football ground that it is wonder it did not prefer a charge of...

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Dawning of a brand new day

Essendon player Nathan Lovett-Murray

Greg Baum Essendon and Richmond, the traditional owners of this most joyous of AFL theme matches, have had their recent dark days - Richmond's in particular are the stuff of mythology - but this night met as...

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Contested possession not critical: Hopkins

Ted Hopkins.

Greg Baum Football stats pioneer says that contested possession is overrated as a measure of a good football team.