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.

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.

Saint Peta in footy heaven

Trailblazer: St Kilda's Peta Searle.

Samantha Lane Peta Searle, the first woman recruited to AFL coaching ranks, has signed a two-year contract extension with St Kilda.

Steve Johnson likely to join James Kelly and Mathew Stokes in last game with Geelong

Luke Breust handballs under pressure from Mathew Stokes during last year's finals.

Jake Niall and Samantha Lane Steve Johnson will likely play his last game for Geelong on Saturday. Sources have confirmed that the Cats are unlikely to go on with Johnson in 2016, with fellow triple premiership great Corey...

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Melbourne University Blacks show their colours to support gay pride

A rainbow-coloured AFL jumper.

Samantha Lane The Melbourne University Blacks will wear rainbow-coloured jumpers in a show of support for gay pride on Saturday.

Will Minson at Western Bulldogs for 'long term', says Luke Beveridge

Will Minson has been in and out of the Dogs side this year.

Daniel Cherny and Samantha Lane The future of 2013 All-Australian ruckman Will Minson remains "secure" at the Whitten Oval despite the veteran again being overlooked at Western Bulldogs selection, according to Bulldogs coach Luke...

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McLachlan reconciles with Hendersons, wants glass of wine with Vonnie

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan.

Samantha Lane  AFL boss Gillon McLachlan says he did not mean to insult cut Carlton player Lachie Henderson when he termed his departure from the Blues as "undisciplined" and "unnecessary" last week, and...

AFL chief Gillon McLachlan announces freeze on ticket prices for 2015 finals series

Finals tickets

Samantha Lane The AFL will freeze ticket prices in this year's finals series in a bid to get more people to the game.

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Pioneering Demon Tiarna Ernst takes the bad with the good

Tiarna Ernst.

Samantha Lane A football pioneer in last Sunday's Western Bulldogs-Melbourne clash faces the prospect that her contact sport days are finished after being hospitalised for the past week – and ordered to bed...

Lachie Henderson exit a 'troubling precedent'

Chris Judd and Lachie Henderson: Two who won't be playing at Carlton in 2016.

Samantha Lane, Jake Niall and Larissa Nicholson The AFL players' union has expressed concern about the precedent created by Carlton's groundbreaking decision to have Lachie Henderson sit out the remainder of the season as the departing Blue called...

AFL boss Gillon McLachlan forecasts ticket price freeze

Finals tickets

Samantha Lane AFL boss Gillon McLachlan wants to freeze the price of football tickets - including finals tickets this year, if possible - and has encouraged clubs not to overinflate the cost of membership packages...

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Government wants to fast track promotion of women in sport

Kimberlee Green, Laura Geitz and Renae Hallinan of the Diamonds

Samantha Lane The federal government wants to fast track the promotion of women decision makers in sport following a string of standout performances by Australia's high achieving, but historically underpaid and...


AFL CBA revolution: Women in mix for push over pay deals

Maximum reach: The Bulldogs' Emma king wins the tap over Tayla Harris of the Demons during a Women's AFL exhibition match at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

Samantha Lane In a game changing push, the AFL Players Association wants to bring Australia's top female footballers into its tent - and ensure they are paid - as the league sets up a national competition for 2017.

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Broadcast windfall underlines players' push for percentage cut of AFL riches

On the players' side: AFLPA boss Paul Marsh.

Samantha Lane Surprised by the magnitude of the AFL's new $2.508 billion media rights deal, players boss Paul Marsh is even more intent on winning a percentage share of revenue for footballers.

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AFL to launch women's league in 2017 in push to put female football on professional basis

Craig Starcevich, coach of the Western Bulldogs. Photo: AFL Media

Samantha Lane The AFL is launching an aggressive push to boost professional women's football, with plans for up to one-third of its 18 clubs to field teams by 2017.