Greg Baum

Greg Baum

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

After defeating Essendon, time for Tigers to dream

Greg Baum This was not the Dreamtime game. It was more important than that; it was the time to dream game.

Tigers narrowly edge out a determined Carlton in fierce grudge match

Trent Cotchin struggles to break Dale Thomas' tackle.

Greg Baum After Richmond's four-goal opening salvo, this encounter was condensed to a single question: when the Tigers play Carlton, how far in front is too far?

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Tigers see off plucky Demons

Wrapped up: Demon Matt Jones and Tiger Shane Edwards get in a tangle.

Greg Baum For Melbourne, the season has been reduced to mitigation of its margins of defeats.

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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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Tigers fight to the finish but fall short

Dejected Tiger Jack Riewoldt leaves the field.

Greg Baum Class and poise get unbeaten West Coast Eagles across the line.

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AFL must move urgently to solve perversity of competition draw

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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...

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Hawthorn in a class of its own

Cyril Rioli.

Greg Baum There are ways to beat Hawthorn. Richmond used to know how.

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T-shirt Tommy Hafey was on a lifelong footy high

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Greg Baum Australian football has had no greater or more enthusastic evangelist than Tom Hafey, who died on Monday night, aged 82.

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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.

Dons take limelight on special night

Michael Long and Nicky Winmar at the MCG on Saturday.

Greg Baum It was Dreamtime at the 'G and there was much for those on hand to celebrate and appreciate.

Almost perfect, says delighted Hird

Essendon coach James Hird offers a word of advice to his team at quarter-time.

Greg Baum and Jake Niall Upbeat coach hails Essendon's defensive effort against Sydney as best of year.

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Richmond hangs on to emerge from history's cold shadow

Luke McGuane

Greg Baum More than 80,000 descended onto a floodlit MCG, here was the heart of football.

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Sorry, pointless end for the Bombers

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Greg Baum Essendon was playing for no points and Richmond for academic points.

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Familiar refrain calls family to rally 'round

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Greg Baum Richmond's theme song is the only one that literally gives its fans a speaking part.

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For Richmond, that's why they call it the blues

Richmond supporters see the end approaching.

Greg Baum In a classic final against the enemy of generations, one side gets it wrong.

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Divine intervention by Yarran wins out

Carlton's Chris Yarran celebrates kicking an early contender for goal of the year.

Greg Baum Carlton affirms that it is a contender for this year's premiership, and Richmond that it can win one in the life of a theoretical five-year plan.

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Anguish of the shouldabeens

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Greg Baum There is no premiership so coveted as the one that can never be won.

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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...