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.

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.

WADA appeal a good outcome for those who care about clean sport

 ASADA chief executive Ben McDevitt.

Samantha Lane Bemoaned by some, the WADA appeal is a good day for those genuinely concerned about clean sport.

WADA to appeal Essendon supplements verdict

Director General of WADA, David Howman.

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.

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Dawn discipline for humiliated Carlton players

This was a stand to say that almost good enough would not be tolerated off the field.

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...

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Sports Commission head praises breakthrough for women

John Wylie:

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...

Fist pumps for the game that changes it all

Women playing footy

Samantha Lane It is one game, but it is a game changer. The money-can't-buy magic moment. The red-letter day.

History-making day for female umps

Libby Toovey is part of a ground-breaking crew.

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.

Historic first: women's AFL to be seen on free-to-air TV

Tayla Harris taking a big grab in 2014.

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

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AFL players group gives sub rule the thumbs down

Players are

Samantha Lane A handpicked, new collective of the AFL's most influential players has given a unanimous thumbs down to the substitution rule.

Susan Alberti says AFL not doing enough for women's footy


Samantha Lane Western Bulldogs vice-president Susan Alberti has challenged the AFL to swiftly lift its game on advancing women's football.

Sydney veteran Adam Goodes decided to play on in 2015 before 2014 finals

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.

ASADA boss says cross-contamination is no excuse for clenbuterol


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.

ASADA blasts tribunal over ruling


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.

Party drugs mix no defence

Lachie Keeffe and Josh Thomas tested positive to clenbuterol in February.

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...

Port Adelaide plan for thrice yearly hair-testing rejected by players' association

David Koch:

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,...

Adelaide's Taylor Walker talks frankly about the events that shaped him


Samantha Lane Man’s man exterior, yes. Burgeoning football colossus, definitely. Friendly bloke who believes in enjoying a beer after a game, check.

Taylor Walker confident Patrick Dangerfield will stick with Adelaide Crows


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.

Hawthorn break membership record and have Magpies in their sights

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...

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New player group aims for AFL input

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.

ASADA chief Ben McDevitt explains why positive drug tests in AFL have increased

Ben McDevitt:

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...