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.

James Hird to continue fight alone and appeal Federal Court verdict

Essendon in the Federal Court.

Samantha Lane Resolute, but now alone in his legal fight against the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, James Hird will challenge the Federal Court ruling that Essendon Football Club also considered...

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No news is Adam Goodes' news

Lance Franklin and Adam Goodes walk off in shock after the game.

Samantha Lane More concerned about Sydney's grand final capitulation than discussing his own football future, dual Brownlow medallist Adam Goodes has delayed a much-anticipated announcement.

$10 million? Sydney Swans have got value for money with Lance Franklin

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Samantha Lane Could it be that, after a $10 million outlay to land the AFL’s biggest star on an unprecedented nine-year contract, Sydney has got its money’s worth within 11 months?

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St Kilda assistant coach Peta Searle named football's woman of the year

Peta Searle

Samantha Lane Peta Searle, who made history this season when she became the first female to join the coaching ranks of an AFL club, has been named football woman of the year.

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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...

'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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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.

Stephen Dank says Essendon body count will grow in supplements saga

Samantha Lane Stephen Dank, the central figure in the most scandalous drugs case to hit Australian sport, has predicted Essendon players will avoid sanctions but says the ''body count'' in the ongoing saga will...

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'Body count' will grow, says Dank

More fallout to come: Stephen Dank at Friday's function at Crown.

Samantha Lane Biochemist Stephen Dank predicts Essendon players will avoid sanctions but says the "body count" in the supplements scandal will grow.

Prize cut for pre-season premier

Brisbane Lions celebrate.

Samantha Lane The Lions pocketed $142,000 for their efforts on Friday night but would have been better off in 2008.

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Fans fail to show for pre-season

NAB Cup final

Samantha Lane Nearly double the crowd was at the same venue to watch the same clubs in 2007.

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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.

We assumed foreign treatments were clean: doc

Dr Hugh Seward

Samantha Lane Hugh Seward admits it has historically been 'assumed' - but not always reliably verified - that footballers who have travelled overseas to treat injuries had not breached anti-doping rules.

Tigers, Blues keen to start all over again

Richmond

Samantha Lane Richmond may start 2014 against Carlton, which ended its 2013 campaign.

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Bomber boffin resigns

Suki Hobson.

Samantha Lane Transformation of Dons' intensely scrutinised high-performance department continues, following resignation of strength scientist Suki Hobson.

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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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Triumphant Mitchell a sore winner

Sam Mitchell.

Samantha Lane Nursing an aching head, Sam Mitchell said a second premiership medal was the ultimate reward.

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.

Guerra's injections of blood OK

Samantha Lane Previously banned technique is now routinely employed to accelerate recovery.

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Guerra true blood

Brent Guerra

Samantha Lane Brent Guerra is taking the extreme measure of injecting blood into his injured hamstring.