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.

Tigers commit to lead on gender issues

Samantha Lane Richmond will radically transform the way it recruits, promotes and looks in order to be the AFL leader on gender equity – eventually with an equal male/female staff mix – and become the...

Sports bosses to address integrity issues

Samantha Lane Hundreds of Australia’s top sporting bosses, set to gather in Melbourne for an unprecedented integrity symposium, will be encouraged to candidly address an issue billed as one of their most...

AFL

O'Brien return delayed until major issues are resolved: Pert

Harry O'Brien.

Samantha Lane No date has been fixed for Harry O'Brien to resume playing for Collingwood.

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...

Former WADA boss John Fahey believes Essendon players may serve longer bans

John Fahey has welcomed the Federal Court decision.

Samantha Lane Former World Anti-Doping Agency boss John Fahey believes the likelihood of Essendon footballers serving longer suspensions for banned drug use has increased due to “certain people with big egos...

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...

GWS chief David Matthews gets over loss of battle for Lance Franklin and wishes for Swans win

GWS chief David Matthews.

Samantha Lane Jilted, just 12 months ago, after AFL superstar Lance Franklin slipped through Greater Western Sydney’s fingers, club chief Dave Matthews says he now hopes the gun forward leads the Swans to...

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...

Ian Prendergast wants to stay at AFLPA

Keeping on: Ian Prendergast.

Samantha Lane The AFL Players Association’s hierarchy could be revamped further in light of Ian Prendergast’s preference to stay at the organisation and work alongside new boss Paul Marsh, despite...

Jeff Kennett takes aim at Paul Little

Jeff Kennett:

Samantha Lane Jeff Kennett has pilloried Paul Little following the Essendon chairman’s call for the federal government to step in and provide a “circuit breaker” to resolve the Bombers’...

Essendon player representative has zero tolerance for athletes who do the wrong thing

Essendon's legal representative David Grace.

Samantha Lane David Grace, Athletics Australia’s president and the QC who represented Essendon players in the Federal Court this week, says athletes must take full responsibility for everything they ingest.

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ASADA praised Essendon coach James Hird and allayed fears over Stephen Dank

Tick of approval: James Hird.

Samantha Lane The full details of a taped meeting between Essendon footballers and a senior Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority investigator last year reveal the assurances players received about their...

Andrew Pridham upholds a grand tradition in defence of the Swans

In the spotlight: Andrew Pridham in Melbourne on Friday.

Samantha Lane As far Sydney Swans chairmen and inflammatory acts are concerned, the benchmark was set years ago, and high.

AFL

Swans chairman blasts attack on club

Swans logo

Samantha Lane Fed up with sniping from Victorian rivals about Sydney’s talent-laden list and recruiting coups, Swans chairman Andrew Pridham has named it a “targeted attack” that he refuses to...

AFL

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...

Matthew Pavlich to be monitored after being concussed against Carlton

Matthew Pavlich clashes with Saint Sean Dempster.

Samantha Lane After sustaining two head knocks in a fortnight, Matthew Pavlich will have the concussion he suffered against Carlton closely monitored before a ruling is made on whether he’s fit to face...

AFL

Paul Chapman gets new contract with Essendon

Pull the tripper ... Paul Chapman will get a new contract.

Samantha Lane Triple-premiership veteran Paul Chapman has guaranteed himself a contract with Essendon for next year after hitting a trigger point in the deal he signed following his departure from Geelong.

AFL

Supplements scandal: Change to Medicare policy could cost millions

John Stensholt and Samantha Lane The fallout from the Essendon drugs scandal could end up costing professional sports clubs and athletes millions of dollars through a recent change in government policy regarding Medicare claims and...