Samantha Lane

Samantha Lane

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 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.

AFL boss sticks up for his grand final over NRL

AFL Sherrin

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.

Twice weekly physical assessments a secret of Hawks' success

Alastair Clarkson appears to be already thinking of a fourth consecutive flag.

Samantha Lane Even in premiership afterglow, Hawthorn's fanatical pursuit of sustained success has been non-stop.

Goodes' decision not to accept player award 'a sad one': AFLPA

Supportive: Swans fans show their respect for outgoing champion Adam Goodes in an otherwise bad year for spectator culture at football games.

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.

AFL grand final 2015: Brett Ratten sheds tears of joy and sadness

Brett Ratten

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.

AFL needs the voices of many women

Dorothy Hisgrove.

Samantha Lane There was surprise, and some dismay, when word broke in August that the AFL's lone female executive had resigned.

AFL grand final 2015: Three-peat or not, Hawks no match for 80s heroes, says Jeff Kennett

Jeff Kennett rates the modern Hawks as the best AFL club, in terms of administrators, coaches and players.

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.

Meet Jan Cooper, the woman driving footy's gender revolution

Jan Cooper has played a big role with female Football devolpment in Australia IMAGE SOURCE WWW.ESSENDONFC.COM.AU via Sam Lane for THE AGE SPORT Pub date 2nd October 2015

Samantha Lane Haven't heard of Jan Cooper? That won't bother her in the least.

Essendon denies John Worsfold has been appointed as coach

John Worsfold.

Samantha Lane Essendon chief executive Xavier Campbell has categorically denied that John Worsfold has been appointed as the club's coach.

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Western Bulldogs' Luke Beveridge is AFL coach of the year

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.

AFL finals 2015: Sharrod Wellingham's journey from humbled Pie to soaring Eagle

Samantha Lane Sharrod Wellingham was on the verge of quitting football last year before blossoming to meet the Eagles' high expectations.

AFL finals 2015: Nic Naitanui still a long way from his peak, says Sharrod Wellingham

AFL Sherrin

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...

AFL finals 2015: Sharrod Wellingham has one regret over time with Pies

Sharrod Wellingham with Dane Swan and Leon Davis after defeating Hawthorn in the preliminary final in 2011.

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...

AFL finals 2015: Sydney believe crowd would be bigger at SCG

AFL Sherrin

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.

Is Nat Fyfe 1000 votes better than the rest of the players in the AFL?

AFL MVP: Nat Fyfe.

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.

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Essendon expect to make coach decision by October

Tim Watson.

Samantha Lane and Caroline Wilson Essendon say they anticipate making a decision on a new senior coach in October.

Western Bulldogs seal government Ballarat deal

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...

Meat Loaf at the grand final: 'It was probably about $499,000 too much,' says AFL boss


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.

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AFL chief Gillon McLachlan 'shoulders arms' on Lance Franklin being cleared to play after seizure

Lance Franklin of the Swans.

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...

AFL finals 2015: From Nic Naitanui's grief comes his 'driving force'

For you: Nic Naitanui gestures skywards in acknowledgment of his mother, Atetha.

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.

Returning to football provides escape for West Coast ruckman Nic Naitanui

Nic Naitanui says his Christian faith and regular prayer is assisting him through his grief.

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.