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.

James Hird keeps option of suing AFL and ASADA up his sleeve

Options... James Hird

Samantha Lane If successful in Federal Court, James Hird will weigh up suing the AFL, and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, in a high stakes decision that would be informed by any fallout reviews of the...

ASADA trumps Essendon in Federal Court battle

James Hird speaks to the media on his first day back at Essendon after serving a 12-month suspension.

Samantha Lane Essendon players face the prospect of suspensions after the AFL club lost its court battle with Australia's anti-doping authority over its supplements program.

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Bombers to consider appeal after Federal Court finding on ASADA probe

Essendon in the Federal Court.

Samantha Lane Under mounting pressure for its choices in a doping investigation that has tainted two AFL seasons and could yet bleed into another, Essendon's board will determine whether the club's costly, and...

ASADA determined to go after players

Generic drug testing.

Samantha Lane The doping cases against 34 current and past Essendon players will be picked up in earnest following the resounding dismissal of a Federal Court challenge mounted by the club and its senior coach.

Bombers still owe $1.6m of AFL fine

Yet to pay fine: Mark Thompson.

Samantha Lane A year after the AFL issued Essendon a record $2 million fine over the supplements scandal, and fined premiership coach Mark Thompson $30,000 for his part in the affair, the club has made just one...

AFL committed to kicking gender imbalance into touch, says executive member Dorothy Hisgrove

Generic boardroom.

Samantha Lane The AFL executive steering industry-wide change to address the game’s relationship with women says the penny has finally dropped at league headquarters on the complex and historically vexed...

AFL, NRL doctors join global sport leaders in New York for concussion meeting

The NFL has indicated willingness to fund concussion-related research projects with major sports abroad.

Samantha Lane AFL and NRL medical chiefs will meet representatives of America’s National Football League, the US National Hockey League, FIFA and the International Equestrian Federation as part of a global,...

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St Kilda appoints AFL’s first foreign-based club director

St Kilda president Peter Summers and new board member Liz Dawson.

Samantha Lane In a left-field AFL first revealing St Kilda’s commitment to cementing itself in New Zealand, the club has appointed an internationally based director to its board.

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Past players embrace AFL concussion study

Experts will identify cases demanding closer attention and refer respondents for brain scansning accordingly.

Samantha Lane Australian football retirees concerned by the potentially dire after-effects of concussion have responded in droves to a landmark study - set to involve fully-funded brain scans - for the code.

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Players lash out at AFL, medico over Essendon drugs saga

Ian Prendergast.

Samantha Lane A speech by the AFL's chief medical officer is just the latest grievance held by the AFL Players Association over the league's handling of the Essendon drugs investigation.

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AFL slams Port Adelaide sponsor Greg Evangelou's homophobic slur

One of Port Adelaide's sponsors has been embroiled in a controversy over homophobic comments.

Samantha Lane The AFL has condemned a homophobic slur by one of Port Adelaide’s corporate sponsors, but the league’s offer of counselling with a prominent activist has been deemed unnecessary by the...

The man who will be king of the AFL

Gillon McLachlan playing polo in 2007.

Samantha Lane The story of how Gillon McLachlan made his first dollar does nothing for the perception that he has led a silver-spoon existence.

Hope that today's AFL players will 'cope better' in retirement

Wayne Carey.

Samantha Lane The increased use of psychologists and other related services by former AFL players has been interpreted as an indication that today's footballers will cope better in retirement than their forebears.

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Gillon McLachlan promises a more female-friendly AFL

'I think Peta Searle is one where we'll do what we can to see she gets an opportunity': Gillon McLachlan.

Samantha Lane Gillon McLachlan, the AFL's incoming chief executive, has promised to lead a more diverse, female-friendly organisation than his predecessors.

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AFL commission and executive needs indigenous representation, says Richmond president

Richmond President Peggy O'Neal.

Samantha Lane Richmond pioneer president Peggy O'Neal is challenging football's hierarchy to appoint indigenous representatives to the AFL Commission and league executive.

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Brendon Gale says a woman could be next AFL CEO

Peggy O'Neal, Brendon Gale and Andrew Demetriou on Friday.

Samantha Lane Having committed Richmond to a groundbreaking project aimed at rectifying gender imbalance in sporting hierarchies, Tigers boss Brendon Gale says there is no reason why the next AFL chief executive...

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Richmond Tigers AFL club leads way in affirmative action in sport study

Tigers pioneers: Peggy O’Neal and Brendon Gale.

Samantha Lane Richmond Football Club is leading a pioneering affirmative action project, with Australian Sports Commission and AFL backing, to investigate the real and perceived blocks to women reaching the...

'Lost for words': AFL's first female coach, Peta Searle

Peta Searle.

Samantha Lane Making history as a woman in football, Peta Searle has been recruited by St Kilda as a development coach.

Ian Prendergast weighs up future after missing AFL Players Association job

Ian Prendergast has acknowledged his disappointment he would not lead the organisation permanently.

Samantha Lane Weighing up his future at the AFL Players Association after missing out on the CEO’s job, Ian Prendergast will not formally discuss his transition with the organisation’s hierarchy until...