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

Dons' finals deadline

Samantha Lane The AFL's determination to protect the 'integrity' of this year's finals series is behind its wish to have the Essendon doping scandal settled in August.

Inside (the finals) Play

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Samantha Lane Amy Burgoyne - Wife of Shaun and mother of Ky, 6, Percy, 3, and Leni, 6 weeks.

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...

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...

Drugs probe

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.

AFL

No ASADA action on Robinson

Dean Robinson.

Samantha Lane Unlike Stephen Dank, Dean Robinson has not received a show-cause notice from the national sports anti-doping agency for his involvement in the Essendon saga.

AFL

Richmond's board demands answers on club's poor form

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick.

Samantha Lane The president of besieged Richmond says radical overhaul at the club would be pointless and, while sorely disappointed by a “temporary setback” on-field, has backed coach Damien Hardwick...

Richmond president plays it cool

Peggy O’Neal at Punt Road Oval on Friday.

Samantha Lane Peggy O'Neal will take to the pulpit on certain issues, but has no intention of proffering regular opinion on matters on which others are better qualified to present.

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Tiger president happy to work in the background

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Samantha Lane Unfazed by critics who say she's been largely silent while Richmond's season has plunged, Tigers president Peggy O'Neal says she will do her best work behind the scenes.

AFL

Footballers could be secretly serving suspensions, says anti-doping official

Drugs in AFL

Samantha Lane AFL players who are being investigated by the anti-doping authority could already be secretly serving voluntary suspensions; even before cases are formally launched against them, resolved, or aired...

AFL

ASADA invokes Lance Armstrong dope formula

Essendon.

Samantha Lane The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority has built a ''non-presence'' drug case against 34 Essendon footballers, adopting a strategy similar to the one used to ban Lance Armstrong without a...

AFL

ASADA show-cause notices for Dons

Essendon.

Samantha Lane, Jake Niall A total of 34 notices will be issued to players, querying the use of the peptide thymosin.

AFL

ASADA issued Essendon show-cause notices on 'considerable body of evidence'

Essendon.

Samantha Lane Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority CEO Ben McDevitt has confirmed the issuing of 34 show cause notices to past and present Essendon players charged with breaching drug rules.

AFL

Essendon challenges ASADA, AFL

Essendon drug crisis dink.

Samantha Lane and Jane Lee Essendon and its outcast senior coach, James Hird, are combining forces in a stunning Federal Court appeal of the drugs investigation conducted jointly by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority...

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AFL

Burnout the big worry for coaches

Danny Frawley.

Samantha Lane The churn and burn in elite football coaching ranks remains extreme with warped work-life balance a significant problem across the industry, but there are some encouraging signs of change.

AFL

Lyon-sized skill gets Dockers onto game's biggest stage

Past Fremantle players

Samantha Lane On the eve of a historic grand final former Fremantle players reflect on the former years.

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Essendon supporters sign up for more despite horror season

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Samantha Lane Club predicts it will set a membership record of more than 60,000 in 2014.

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Lawyers mock AFL Commission-led review of Essendon doping probe

James Hird

Samantha Lane An AFL Commission-led review of how the code's administration dealt with the Essendon doping probe has been savaged by lawyers who represented James Hird through the scandal.

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Magpies players and coaches 'aligned': McLean

Ray McLean.

Samantha Lane Collingwood's intense two-day season review was 'affirming' says leadership consultant.

Tigers will no longer move 'home' games

CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA - JULY 13:  Nathan Foley of the Tigers takes a mark during the round 16 AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the Gold Coast Suns at Cazaly's Stadium on July 13, 2013 in Cairns, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Samantha Lane Richmond, closing in on finals, boasting record membership and soon to be free of debt, say they will never again relocate home games for money.