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.

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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.

Women's footy

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.

For the love of the game – Moana Hope finds her feet

Moana Hope will be playing in the AFL women's match.

Samantha Lane Moana Hope is 23 years old. She lost her father, to cancer, when she was 13, has a mother battling a cruel assortment of illnesses, and is the full-time carer for her 21-year-old disabled sister (one...

Game changer: women's AFL captures imagination of Craig Starcevich

Talking time: Craig Starcevich is coach of the women’s Western Bulldogs side.

Samantha Lane If you'd pulled aside a young Craig Starcevich, Collingwood premiership and Brisbane Lions player, to relay he'd be a Western Bulldogs head coach one day, he'd have been unconvinced.

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AFL response to Adam Goodes 'misunderstood'

The AFL's Jason Mifsud.

Samantha Lane Football's most influential Indigenous boss says the AFL's response to Adam Goodes' booing ordeal was misunderstood by some, and should not have been judged in the prism of being first or loudest.

Make Carlton a 'happy place': Anthony Koutoufides

Jason Misfud, Anthony Koutoufides, Shaun Burgoyne and Ahmed Saad at the new exhibition.

Samantha Lane Carlton, desperately seeking a coach to lift it from a decade-long rut, should select a character capable of making Princes Park a happy place, former club captain Anthony Koutoufides has said.

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Been there, done that, Saad feels Magpie duo's pain

Samantha Lane Ahmed Saad, personally experienced in the lonely football exile to which Collingwood's Josh Thomas and Lachlan Keeffe have been condemned, says a period where the banned Magpie pair will see no light...

Docker Nat Fyfe cites hybrid training regime for improvement

Brownlow favourite Nat Fyfe.

Samantha Lane Nat Fyfe's physical transformation – still very much a work in progress according to the AFL star and Brownlow Medal favourite – is the result of his wish to effectively become a hybrid...

Football 'united' over Adam Goodes: AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan.

Samantha Lane AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan has declared football "united" over its position to embrace champion Sydney player Adam Goodes.

North Melbourne midfielder Leigh Adams retires due to concussion

Adams after suffering a knock in June.

Samantha Lane Concussion has forced another AFL player out of the game, with North Melbourne's Leigh Adams retiring on expert advice after suffering one too many head knocks.

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Players to take up social media cudgels for Goodes

Vilified: Swans star Adam Goodes has been the subject of dreadful taunts.

Jake Niall, Samantha Lane, Andrew Wu AFL players are poised to take up a social media campaign and potentially other actions supporting Adam Goodes following a meeting of elite players from every club.

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Mission abandoned: Campbell Brown pulled out of English Channel

Campbell Brown after his aborted swim.

Samantha Lane AFL premiership player Campbell Brown had to be pulled out of the English Channel, an extreme turn in weather conditions causing his mission to swim the 32-kilometre distance between Dover and Calais...

Former Sun Campbell Brown critical of Gold Coast administration

Campbell Brown's assessment of the Gold Coast hierarchy is unflattering.

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...