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 The AFL Players' Association has decried the World Anti-Doping Agency's appeal of the Essendon verdict.
Samantha Lane Bemoaned by some, the WADA appeal is a good day for those genuinely concerned about clean sport.
Marissa Calligeros, Samantha Lane and Jon Pierik WADA has decided to appeal the AFL anti-doping tribunal's not guilty verdict on 34 current and former Essendon players.
Samantha Lane Humiliated in a milestone match for their coach last Friday night, Carlton's entire playing list assembled for two mandatory pre-dawn starts this week in a bid to lift basic standards and enforce...
Samantha Lane Australian Sports Commission boss John Wylie has applauded the unprecedented free-to-air live broadcast of a female football match and highlighted how television coverage is critical to the progress...
Samantha Lane It is one game, but it is a game changer. The money-can't-buy magic moment. The red-letter day.
Samantha Lane An exclusively female corps of umpires will officiate a TAC Cup match on Saturday in another female football first in a now milestone rich season.
Samantha Lane In a momentous sporting first, the Seven Network will broadcast one of the two AFL-sanctioned female curtain-raisers this season, between Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs
Samantha Lane A handpicked, new collective of the AFL's most influential players has given a unanimous thumbs down to the substitution rule.
Samantha Lane Western Bulldogs vice-president Susan Alberti has challenged the AFL to swiftly lift its game on advancing women's football.
Samantha Lane Adam Goodes made his decision to play on for a 17th season well before last year's finals series even commenced, and was even guaranteed a contract mid-last year.
Samantha Lane ASADA boss Ben McDevitt has told Fairfax Media he has seen first-hand how illicit drugs, particularly ecstasy, is commonly cut with any number of "veterinary substances", including clenbuterol.
Samantha Lane The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority has criticised the AFL's anti-doping tribunal over the timing - and substance - of its verdict on Stephen Dank.
Samantha Lane The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority says there is no domestic precedent of an athlete defending use of clenbuterol – the banned anabolic agent to which two Collingwood footballers have...
Samantha Lane Port Adelaide's plan to conduct hair tests on the majority of its list three times this year has been rejected by the AFL Players Association, despite the endorsement of Port's leadership group,...
Samantha Lane Man’s man exterior, yes. Burgeoning football colossus, definitely. Friendly bloke who believes in enjoying a beer after a game, check.
Samantha Lane Contradicting the prevailing view about the future of the AFL's most appealing free agent, Adelaide captain Taylor Walker says he feels sure Patrick Dangerfield will not abandon ship.
Samantha Lane Set to exceed 70,000 members for the first time, having achieved a record tally for a ninth consecutive year, Hawthorn says it can topple Collingwood as competition leader with a grand target of...
Samantha Lane Four captains will form the backbone of a new ‘‘Players and the Game’’ group intent on being proactive and increasing footballers’ impact on the direction of the code.
Samantha Lane The unprecedented recent spike in positive drug tests of AFL footballers has not occurred through more testing, but is due to an increasingly targeted, more intelligence-based, strategy from the...