Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

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Swans bigger, Hawks better, in AFL epic

Greg Baum The least that can be said about this match is the most that can be said: it lived up to its billing.

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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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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.

Swans break free from the Collingwood spell

Adam Goodes celebrates with Lewis Roberts-Thompson.

Greg Baum The story of last night's finals football was told in one post-modern moment in the first quarter at Sydney's ANZ stadium.

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Swans in the driver's seat to sink Pies

Jude Bolton battles Nick Maxwell.

Greg Baum Sydney begins the indigenous round in style, with a 47-point defeat of Collingwood.

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Buddy makes his mark, reaches his goals

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Greg Baum In all the contemplations of whether Lance Franklin was worth the money and the fuss to Sydney, never was it considered that he might actually improve as a player in his new guernsey and guise.

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Bombers fans' boo boo

Adam Goodes

Greg Baum Essendon fans spent so much time and energy booing at Etihad stadium last Friday that it was a wonder they got around to cheering at all.

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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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Master defender Lake steals forward and the dam wall bursts

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Greg Baum THE 2013 finals began where the 2012 series left off, with a torrid match between Hawthorn and Sydney. Some of the names had changed, but there were no innocents, then or now.

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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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Loyalty in eye of the beholder

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

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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.

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Dockers remain upbeat despite disappointment

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Greg Baum Adelaide rejoiced in its semi-final win on Friday night, but whatever the equal and opposite emotion is, it was not apparent in the Fremantle rooms.

Anguish and ecstasy in finals farewell

Bittersweet victory: Magpies Sharrod Wellingham, Jarryd Blair and Dayne Beams shed a tear for John McCarthy.

Greg Baum Semi-final victory hurt so good for Collingwood at the MCG last night. In yet another epic of football as tug-of-war, the Magpies dug in their heels to beat West Coast by 13 points.

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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.

Hawks in the great escape

Lance Franklin.

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

The 'G will divide and conquer

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Greg Baum Some would have this grand final as a contest for Melbourne-Sydney honour. They are like uniformed Japanese sentries who, until the '70s, periodically emerged from the jungles of Malaysia, still...

Spirit of the Bloods leads to premiership

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Greg Baum The Sydney Swans will never know how they won this premiership, except that it is the way they always win.

A new Bloods, still with its links to the old team and its culture

Adam Goodes and Nick Malceski.

Greg Baum The Swans' popularity now transcends even Melbourne-Sydney sectarianism.