Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

AFL

AFL must move urgently to solve perversity of competition draw

Greg Baum Now that the new AFL dispensation is in place, and a certain amount of goodwill is flowing its way, and its ears are open to entreaties, there is one matter it should deal with straight away, and...

The fifth quarter: much asked, little given

Greg Baum dinkus

Greg Baum Greg Baum paints a sketch of a typical post-match presser.

AFL

Why everyone loves St Lenny

Greg Baum It is one thing to say that you love Lenny Hayes. Everyone in football says it. His St Kilda teammates made a special point of saying it on the front of T-shirts they wore to Tuesday's announcement...

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...

Comments 27

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

Closing the deal with Andrew Demetriou

afl boss andrew demetriou

Greg Baum In Andrew Demetriou's 11 years, the AFL has entrenched itself as the most prosperous and powerful sports body in the land.

AFL

Bombers humiliate old enemy

Essendon's Dyson Heppell wraps up Carlton's Dylan Buckley.

Greg Baum The most ominous aspect for the Blues was that it was not hard to see this coming.

AFL

Shaw needs to be exorcised of his defensive demons

Greg-Baum-sport-dinks

Greg Baum Collingwood has many decisions to make about its list and its game plan.

AFL

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.

AFL

Swans limp into prelim as Carlton slip-slides away

Cheer, cheer the red and the white: Jude Bolton and Jesse White celebrate a Sydney goal against Carlton at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.

Greg Baum Once again Swans subvert recent course of football season, outlasting Carlton.

AFL

Loyalty in eye of the beholder

Greg Baum dinkus

Greg Baum Let's call him Lance, though it could be Dale or Dustin, or soon, your favourite footballer.

AFL

The Buddy snatchers open a can of worms

Greg Baum The Blues wrote the book on manipulation; the Swans merely digitalised it.

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.

The Brownlow of Jobe

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 24:  Jobe Watson of the Bombers poses with the Brownlow Medal during the 2012 Brownlow Medal at Crown Palladium on September 24, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Greg Baum Essendon captain Jobe Watson out-stays a packed field to win the 2012 Brownlow Medal.

AFL

Richmond signals a changing of the guard

Hard to hold: Jack Riewoldt booted seven goals for the Tigers.

Greg Baum Richmond is 2-0 for the first time since 1997, and St Kilda is 0-2 for the first time since 2000.

Haunted Demons fans are ready to give up the ghost

Greg-Baum-sport-dinks

Greg Baum In its support profile, Melbourne Football Club often is portrayed as a split personality.

Comments 27

AFL

Leaders must act or risk whole fragile alliance falling apart

Greg Baum An amateur football club I know has the same theme song as St Kilda.

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.

AFL

No room for smugness in long fight against bigotry

Greg-Baum

Greg Baum Two images from 20 years apart - both of an indigenous man, a footballer, pointing in the face of racism - suggest that nothing has changed; that we have gone nowhere, as a code, as a sport, as a...

Comments 74

Siren sounded on racism in football

Greg Baum

Greg Baum Two images from 20 years apart suggest that nothing has changed.

Comments 56