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 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.

AFL

Paul Chapman gets new contract with Essendon

Pull the tripper ... Paul Chapman will get a new contract.

Samantha Lane Triple-premiership veteran Paul Chapman has guaranteed himself a contract with Essendon for next year after hitting a trigger point in the deal he signed following his departure from Geelong.

Matthew Pavlich to be monitored after being concussed against Carlton

Matthew Pavlich clashes with Saint Sean Dempster.

Samantha Lane After sustaining two head knocks in a fortnight, Matthew Pavlich will have the concussion he suffered against Carlton closely monitored before a ruling is made on whether he’s fit to face...

League may sanction two women's matches next year

Players line up for the cameras before the women's exhibition match played in June.

Samantha Lane The AFL could sanction two female matches next year – and envisages two additional clubs following the lead of Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs by participating – as part of a long-term...

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AFL slams Port Adelaide sponsor Greg Evangelou's homophobic slur

One of Port Adelaide's sponsors has been embroiled in a controversy over homophobic comments.

Samantha Lane The AFL has condemned a homophobic slur by one of Port Adelaide’s corporate sponsors, but the league’s offer of counselling with a prominent activist has been deemed unnecessary by the...

AFL

Blues have MCG victory

Carlton v Adelaide

Samantha Lane Carlton, soon to be released from an unpopular 10-year venue contract, appears to have pulled off its wish of playing more games at the MCG.

AFL

Swans chairman blasts attack on club

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Samantha Lane Fed up with sniping from Victorian rivals about Sydney’s talent-laden list and recruiting coups, Swans chairman Andrew Pridham has named it a “targeted attack” that he refuses to...

Andrew Pridham upholds a grand tradition in defence of the Swans

In the spotlight: Andrew Pridham in Melbourne on Friday.

Samantha Lane As far Sydney Swans chairmen and inflammatory acts are concerned, the benchmark was set years ago, and high.

AFL

Show us who's boss, Swans chairman Andrew Pridham tells Gillon McLachlan

Gillon McLachlan

Samantha Lane Calling on the AFL, under fresh leadership, to stamp its authority, Sydney chairman Andrew Pridham has singled out Gillon McLachlan, saying the new CEO must show the competition who is boss.

AFL

Time for Carlton to stand for something

Sam Lane dinkus

Samantha Lane To critique Carlton by focusing on its coach, or even feel-good but ultimately small victories, is to overlook a profoundly more important matter that’s paralysing the club.

AFL

Supplements scandal: Change to Medicare policy could cost millions

John Stensholt and Samantha Lane The fallout from the Essendon drugs scandal could end up costing professional sports clubs and athletes millions of dollars through a recent change in government policy regarding Medicare claims and...

AFL

Blues make determined move to secure Casboult

Levi Casboult has enjoyed two four-goal games in 2014, most recently last weekend.

Samantha Lane Carlton has moved to lock in key forward Levi Casboult, viewed as an increasingly valued talent within the club and arguably the most improved player on the Blues’ list in an otherwise...

Greater Western Sydney star Heath Shaw suffers bleeding on the brain

Heath Shaw.

Samantha Lane Heath Shaw suffered bleeding on the brain in a sickening mid-match clash 12 days ago that has sidelined him ever since

AFL

Essendon board could be facing scrutiny

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Samantha Lane Essendon's board, virtually unchanged through a doping probe that has seen an overhaul of the club's football department, could yet be scrutinised for a program the AFL's medical boss believes...

AFL

ASADA ups ante on Essendon

Essendon chairman Paul Little (centre) arrives at the Federal Court with the club's legal team.

Samantha Lane The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority has moved to bolster its case against Essendon players – and Stephen Dank – by seizing an interview where the biochemist discussed the use of...

Drugs probe

Players lash out at AFL, medico over Essendon drugs saga

Ian Prendergast.

Samantha Lane A speech by the AFL's chief medical officer is just the latest grievance held by the AFL Players Association over the league's handling of the Essendon drugs investigation.

AFL

Stephen Dank withdraws appeal against drugs panel with Administrative Appeals Tribunal

Sports Scientist Stephen Dank.

Samantha Lane Stephen Dank has withdrawn an appeal he lodged with the Administrative Appeals Tribunal against the Anti-Doping Rule Violation Panel.

AFL

Aurora Andruska quietly departs ASADA role

Aurora Andruska.

Samantha Lane Aurora Andruska’s work for the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority is over, with the CEO-turned-consultant making a unannounced departure from the organisation on Monday.

AFL

Dons pressed on health plan

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Samantha Lane AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan has pushed Essendon to finalise arrangements for a health monitoring scheme for players who participated in the club's 2012 supplements program.

AFL

St Kilda appoints AFL’s first foreign-based club director

St Kilda president Peter Summers and new board member Liz Dawson.

Samantha Lane In a left-field AFL first revealing St Kilda’s commitment to cementing itself in New Zealand, the club has appointed an internationally based director to its board.

New show-cause deadline from ASADA for Essendon players

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Samantha Lane ASADA has granted a second extension of a deadline set for 34 players to respond to allegations of banned drug use at Essendon.