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.

AFL

History shows it doesn't bode well

Samantha Lane Prior to the Essendon scandal, a VFL footballer was banned before his doping case was heard.

AFL

Players pay a lifelong price: study

Jordan Lewis of the Hawks is treated by medical staff.

Samantha Lane Research of unprecedented depth has revealed most ex-footballers remain affected by battle wounds.

AFL

Saints name Saad as emergency

Ahmed Saad

Samantha Lane Ahmed Saad, being counselled after a positive drug test, receives a surprise promotion.

AFL

In the end, Hird bows to pressure

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Samantha Lane No one has emerged from this forever-tainted football season unscathed.

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Football

Blues to add midfield coach

Samantha Lane Mick Malthouse will add a freshly retired footballer to Carlton's coaching panel next season.

AFL

Saints send Hutchison packing

Greg Hutchison.

Samantha Lane The AFL's extraordinary turnover of club football operations bosses continues.

Pies told: 'pull your heads in'

Samantha Lane Dale Thomas questions wisdom of Darren Jolly airing details of his strained past with Josh Fraser.

AFL

Women in line to join AFL ranks

Peta Searle.

Samantha Lane Pioneer football coach Peta Searle and the man who helped her break a glass ceiling, Gary Ayres, do not doubt that women will join AFL coaching ranks.

AFL

Former Dog applauds star Swan

Justin Sherman.

Samantha Lane Justin Sherman, the last player suspended under AFL racial vilification rules, has applauded Adam Goodes' stand against racism and says the process he went through following his own shameful...

For Guerra, it ends in tears

Anguish: Brent Guerra after being injured.

Samantha Lane A torn hamstring appears to have ruined Brent Guerra's season at the climax.

AFL open to drug testing coaches

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Samantha Lane The AFL indicates an openness to drug testing its coaches – provided they are willing – in light of revelations that Gavin Crosisca was a high functioning addict while mentoring young footballers.

AFL

AFL sees the light on women's footy

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Samantha Lane A match under lights at the MCG in June will be a contest between two AFL clubs unlike any before. In an historic curtain-raiser, women will play for Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs before a...

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AFL

Bail's low-key return lifts Dees

Rohan Bail.

Samantha Lane For hapless Melbourne, Rohan Bail's comeback from concussion proves there is inevitably some light to be found in the dark.

Football

Chance to test the impact footy has on the brain

The league hopes the study will conclude that elite footballers are no more susceptible to cognitive disorder later in life due to concussion.

Samantha Lane The impact that AFL football has on players' brain function will be revealed in an unprecedented study involving up to 130 retirees.

Carlton plays waiting game with Jamison

Samantha Lane Club says it's ''not impossible'' it would field best defender for opening home-and-away clash with Richmond.

Football

Peterson hopes for one more shot

Samantha Lane Carl Peterson says he's better set now for AFL than he was during his unfulfilled career.

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Revolution now

Peta Searle with her children Tessa (right) and Jackson

Samantha Lane Peta Searle fits the prototype of unlikely-looking revolutionary. Whippet-thin, 154 centimetres tall, welcoming and mild-mannered, she is waiting for a load of washing to finish and anticipating the...