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 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.


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


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


Essendon supporters sign up for more despite horror season

essendon logo

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


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.


Still time to interview Dank, says minister

Senator Don Farrell

Samantha Lane Don Farrell guarantees that anti-doping agency will have power to interview witnesses.

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.


Gale vows Tigers will play at MCG

Brendon Gale.

Samantha Lane Richmond, closing in on finals, says it will never again relocate home games for money.


Demetriou 'hopeful' of ASADA findings in August

AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou

Samantha Lane Andrew Demetriou says the AFL "can't see a reason" why the findings of the ASADA probe into Essendon won't be delivered before the finals series gets underway.


ASADA report faces legal threats

Lawyers generic

Samantha Lane Moves are under way to challenge the legal validity of ASADA's interim report into Essendon's supplements program.

ASADA warns league chief of potential privacy breach over doping report

Andrew Demetriou

Samantha Lane Andrew Demetriou's stated aim to make the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority's report into Essendon public would be opposed by the government agency leading the investigation under federal law.


Jess slams AFL over drug probe

One fan shows his support for James Hird.

Samantha Lane Veteran AFL player agent says drugs probe into Essendon is "fatally flawed".


Demetriou 'conflicted'

Essendon leaving the field

Samantha Lane James Hird's legal team believes the league boss has a conflict of interest in the case.

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ASADA report: James Hird's three-pronged attack

James Hird.

Samantha Lane James Hird has mounted an extraordinary challenge to the AFL Commission by demanding a public hearing of the supplements case by an independent tribunal no sooner than two weeks after the conclusion...

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Hexarelin not among Hird charges

James Hird.

Samantha Lane It has emerged that the 18-page document outlining the AFL's charges against Hird contains no allegation he used WADA-banned drug Hexarelin.


AFL boss wants charge details made public

Andrew Demetriou

Samantha Lane AFL chief executive maintains he should contribute to any AFL Commission hearing into the matter.


'Demetriou tip-off' a key factor in Essendon self-reporting, Hird writ states

James Hird and Andrew Demetriou.

Samantha Lane James Hird's writ against the AFL includes the allegation that league chief executive, Andrew Demetriou, told Essendon's former chairman that the club's players had taken performance-enhancing drugs.


Writ claims league has acted in bad faith

Andrew Demetriou.

Samantha Lane James Hird's writ against the AFL includes the stunning allegation that league chief executive Andrew Demetriou told Essendon's former chairman the club's players had taken performance-enhancing...


James Hird poised to issue Supreme Court ultimatum


Samantha Lane James Hird has entered a second day of league discussions with an intention to issue the AFL with an ultimatum that could yet see the Essendon supplements scandal played out in court.


In the end, Hird bows to pressure


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

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Praise, blame for joint probe

Samantha Lane The AFL has praised the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority for its investigation of Essendon - a continuing exercise - with Andrew Demetriou describing the joint probe set-up as a ''template''...