Samantha Lane is a sports writer with The Age's sports section. She joined The Sunday Age's sports team in 2005, where she specialised in the coverage of Australian Rules football, before joining the daily Age in 2007. She has a wealth of multi-media broadcasting experience since starting her journalism career in 2002 at www.afl.com.au. She is also a panellist on Network Ten's Before the Game. Samantha covered the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, the 2008 Beijing Olympics and will be reporting extensively on the 2012 London Olympics.
Samantha Lane AFL Commission chairman Mike Fitzpatrick has jested about his code's rivalry with the NRL which, by any critic's measure, had a more gripping season finale and boasted a larger television audience.
Samantha Lane Even in premiership afterglow, Hawthorn's fanatical pursuit of sustained success has been non-stop.
Samantha Lane Adam Goodes' request to be excluded from consideration for a retiring footballers' award has been described as "sad" yet fully understandable by AFL Players Association boss Paul Marsh.
Samantha Lane In the euphoric Hawthorn dressing rooms after a mighty triple premiership run was sealed, Brett Ratten cut a figure of pain surrounded by pleasure.
Samantha Lane There was surprise, and some dismay, when word broke in August that the AFL's lone female executive had resigned.
Samantha Lane Even a third successive premiership from Hawthorn's current crop will not match the club's 1980s dynasty, former president Jeff Kennett has said.
Samantha Lane Haven't heard of Jan Cooper? That won't bother her in the least.
Samantha Lane Essendon chief executive Xavier Campbell has categorically denied that John Worsfold has been appointed as the club's coach.
Samantha Lane Luke Beveridge has been voted AFL coach of the year by his peers after guiding the Western Bulldogs to the finals in one of the season's unforeseen highlights.
Samantha Lane Sharrod Wellingham was on the verge of quitting football last year before blossoming to meet the Eagles' high expectations.
Samantha Lane Nic Naitanui may have been overlooked by All-Australian selectors this year but is still a considerable way off peaking, according to teammate Sharrod Wellingham who has described the rare...
Samantha Lane Sharrod Wellingham has no regrets about leaving Collingwood, or the fun he had with fellow premiership teammates while there, but one high-profile episode that pre-dated his AFL debut still makes him...
Samantha Lane The Sydney Swans believe the crowd for their cut-throat final against North Melbourne could have been boosted by around 10,000 if it had been played at the SCG.
Samantha Lane The AFL's players have spoken: Fremantle gun Nathan Fyfe polled three times as many votes as his nearest rival in the AFLPA MVP this year. Even in an injury-interrupted season.
Samantha Lane and Caroline Wilson Essendon say they anticipate making a decision on a new senior coach in October.
Samantha Lane The Western Bulldogs have landed a multi-million dollar sponsorship deal with the Victorian government that could see Ballarat host a home-and-away game as soon as 2017, and the Dogs play as many as...
Samantha Lane Barb trading between the AFL and international rock royalty Meat Loaf continues, after the CEO of Australia's most powerful sport joked the musician's grand final day efforts were worth just $1000.
Samantha Lane AFL boss Gillon McLachlan has refused to pass judgment on what he says is an "incredibly sensitive" issue of Lance Franklin playing the day after he suffered an epileptic seizure, but has publicly...
Samantha Lane Nic Naitanui is struggling to eat and sleep. He thought he knew the meaning of pain, but has a new reference point for that now. A broken heart hurts like no ailment he has had before.
Samantha Lane When Nic Naitanui travelled to Fiji four weeks ago, grief-stricken after the sudden passing of his mother, there was every chance he would not return to play another game of football this year.