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.

Former Sun Campbell Brown critical of Gold Coast administration

Samantha Lane Gold Coast administrators had "more than an inkling" about troubling behavioural issues as they were developing at the heavily AFL-backed club, former player leader Campbell Brown has claimed.

AFL could adopt cricket-style drug code

Centre of controversy: Harley Bennell.

Samantha Lane The AFL's revised illicit drugs policy could resemble the recently implemented new protocols in Australian cricket: a two strikes set-up that does not mandate public release of results and also...

Harley Bennell photos: Gold Coast Sun is 'going through hell'

'Going through hell': Harley Bennell.

Samantha Lane Harley Bennell is "going through hell" since the publication of photographs where the Gold Coast footballer appears to be using illicit drugs, AFL Players Association boss Paul Marsh says.

AFL players part of formal push to legalise gay marriage

I do: Adam Goodes features in the Australian Marriage Equality campaign.

Samantha Lane The AFL playing collective has joined a formal movement lobbying to legalise gay marriage in Australia, joining some 376 organisations nationally.

AFL players 'jaded' in 'not quite right' industry

On the players' side: AFLPA CEO Paul Marsh.

Samantha Lane AFL footballers have been so worn down by the demands of today's elite competition that many used an anonymous survey to report their sense of dread before resuming this season.

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Hardhat at the ready, meet the AFL players' new boss

Padding up for a better deal for footballers: AFLPA boss Paul Marsh.

Samantha Lane So this is the man who plans to battle the AFL, come what may, to achieve an unprecedented result for players that will profoundly change the financial face of Australia's richest and most popular...

Players to fight for slice of cash

<i>Illustration: Dorothy Woodgate</i>

Samantha Lane AFL players are willing to use fundamental planks of the competition – the salary cap and draft – as bargaining chips to win a percentage share of the code's revenue.

WADA appeal decision on Ryan Crowley may not be made for weeks

AFL Sherrin

Samantha Lane Ryan Crowley's career hangs in limbo while the appeal window on his drugs ban remains open, and the World Anti-Doping Agency has not even begun considering whether it will challenge the AFL...

AFLPA says 'majority' would feel like Chris Judd

Chris Judd.

Samantha Lane Chris Judd's candid reflection, in retirement, that his inability to truly detach from football while he was playing had at times detracted from the richness of his broader life was no surprise to...

Ryan Crowley gets 12-month suspension from AFL anti-doping tribunal

Suspended: Fremantle's Ryan Crowley.

Samantha Lane The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority will not appeal the backdated 12-month ban handed to Ryan Crowley, which will see the Fremantle footballer eligible for selection in this year's finals...

Suns duo break booze pact as Charlie Dixon confesses to regular match-eve drinking

Charlie Dixon's use of alcohol generally is now a concern for the club.

Samantha Lane Since Jack Martin and Charlie Dixon's breach of a Gold Coast Suns' pact to a period of sobriety, concerns have emerged over a separate confession from the club's top goalkicker to a match-eve...

Sports scientist Stephen Dank dismissive of WADA appeal

Stephen Dank:

Samantha Lane Stephen Dank says he does not give "a flying f---" that the World Anti-Doping Agency is appealing the decision to drop 21 charges that Australian sports drug authorities laid against him.

Coach Cowan on mission to break more new ground

Samantha Lane Pioneering coach Michelle Cowan wants to follow fellow trailblazer Peta Searle into the AFL but hopes, by that stage, she's not just the second to crack the elite ranks.

Carlton boss won't let Mick Malthouse comments slip

AFL Sherrin

Samantha Lane Carlton boss Steven Trigg has admitted his dismay at the latest comments of Mick Malthouse that have put the already precariously placed coach at odds with the club hierarchy and its messaging about...

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Mass exodus of Carlton staff continues

Carlton CEO Steven Trigg

Samantha Lane Carlton's extraordinary turnover of staff continues with a one-time membership boss who was demoted from the Blues' executive the latest key resignation.

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Gays in the AFL: Chris Judd understands the pain, but where now?

Ambassador: Matt Spangher.

Samantha Lane Chris Judd, in the assembly of AFL players who have put their faces and minds to an anti-homophobia campaign launched this weekend, says he can understand why an elite footballer would be uneasy...

AFL leaders combine in fight against prejudices


Samantha Lane Club captains and Brownlow medallists, Collingwood's senior coach and the bosses of the AFL Players Association and AFL, have united in a campaign to mark the international day against homophobia and...

WADA just performing its duty, says former boss John Fahey

John Fahey, former president of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Samantha Lane Former World Anti-Doping Agency boss John Fahey says there is "nothing special" about the decision of the organisation he used to run to appeal the verdict handed to 34 current and retired AFL...

Explained: Essendon-WADA case at the Court of Arbitration for Sport

Essendon logo.

Samantha Lane Samantha Lane explains the Court of Arbitration for Sport, what will be happening in the case and what it means for Essendon.

AFLPA 'extremely disappointed' over WADA's appeal of Essendon verdict

AFL Players Association boss Paul Marsh.

Samantha Lane The AFL Players' Association has decried the World Anti-Doping Agency's appeal of the Essendon verdict.