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

Blues make determined move to secure Casboult

Levi Casboult has enjoyed two four-goal games in 2014, most recently last weekend.

Samantha Lane Carlton has moved to lock in key forward Levi Casboult, viewed as an increasingly valued talent within the club and arguably the most improved player on the Blues’ list in an otherwise...

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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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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.

David Parkin puts his hand up: 'It was gutless.'

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Samantha Lane Four-time premiership coach David Parkin has identified a "complicated, social, psychological attitude" he says has inhibited the rise of women in the AFL.

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Retired footballers to get free brain scans

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Samantha Lane The AFL has committed to funding an unlimited number of brain scans for retired footballers.

'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.

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Peta Searle gives up coaching dream

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Samantha Lane Seven years ago, a high school teacher walked away from her job and applied for a pension. A single mother of two, Peta Searle was on a calculated but unchartered mission.

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Saints name Saad as emergency

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

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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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Blues to add midfield coach

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

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Saints send Hutchison packing

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

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.

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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.

Pies told: 'pull your heads in'

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

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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

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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...

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History shows it doesn't bode well

Wade Lees.

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

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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.