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.

Andrew Demetriou on experts panel at sports integrity forum

afl boss andrew demetriou

Samantha Lane Outgoing AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou will join an expert panel at an unprecedented integrity forum for Australian sports bosses.

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Andrew Demetriou takes swipe at Stephen Dank

Andrew Demetriou.

Samantha Lane 'To this day I’m not quite sure whether Stephen Dank is a sport scientist', says outgoing AFL CEO.

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Andrew Demetriou threatened over drug crisis

Andrew Demetriou.

Samantha Lane AFL boss Andrew Demetriou has revealed he has received serious threats during the drugs crisis engulfing the game.

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Show us who's boss, Swans chairman Andrew Pridham tells Gillon McLachlan

Gillon McLachlan

Samantha Lane Calling on the AFL, under fresh leadership, to stamp its authority, Sydney chairman Andrew Pridham has singled out Gillon McLachlan, saying the new CEO must show the competition who is boss.

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Dean Robinson yet to receive a show-cause notice

Dean Robinson.

Samantha Lane While authorities have leveled charges at 34 past and present Essendon players, accusing them of anti-doping rule breaches, no such move has been made on the club’s former high performance...

Former WADA president John Fahey praises ASADA's issuing of show-cause notices to players

John Fahey

Samantha Lane The World Anti-Doping Agency's former president calls the Australian drug investigation 'one of the most difficult matters that has surfaced anywhere' in world sport.

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Former WADA president John Fahey praises ASADA's issuing of show-cause notices to players

John Fahey, former president of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Samantha Lane The World Anti-Doping Agency's former president calls the Australian drug investigation 'one of the most difficult matters that has surfaced anywhere' in world sport.

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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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Little regrets over Dons scandal

Paul Little

Samantha Lane Essendon chairman Paul Little has described his club's decision-making in the days before the launch of last year's unprecedented doping investigation as misguided.

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Peta Searle gives up coaching dream

Peta Searle

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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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.

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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.

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Greg Swann to stand down as Carlton CEO

AFL arlton CEO Greg Swann arrives for the AFL drug summit.30th January 2013 Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

Caroline Wilson and Samantha Lane In a profound mid-season leadership overhaul for Carlton, Greg Swann is set to stand down as club CEO next month, on Stephen Kernahan’s final day as president.

Greg Swann stands down as Carlton CEO

Greg Swann.

Caroline Wilson and Samantha Lane Carlton chief executive Greg Swann has resigned and will leave the club in the middle of June alongside outgoing president Stephen Kernahan.

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Kate Lundy hits back over claims blackest day was political stunt

Senator Kate Lundy.

Samantha Lane Senator Kate Lundy, the Federal minister who helped orchestrate the infamous media conference that exposed criminality and drug use in sport, has broken her silence on the much-criticised events of...

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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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Joel Bowden could replace Matt Finnis at AFLPA

Joel Bowden.

Samantha Lane Joel Bowden has confirmed his interest in returning to the AFL Players Association as its CEO after current head Matt Finnis departs to take over at St Kilda - a move that was formalised today.

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All eyes on Australia over drugs: John Fahey

Former WADA president John Fahey.

Samantha Lane As the anti-doping cases in the AFL and NRL climax, the World Anti-Doping Agency's director-general, and the powerful authority's recently departed president, have highlighted how the crucial next...

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James Hird interview was highly strategic

In James Hird's sign-off appearance before he is expected to return to Australia in July, the motivations and desired message were very clear.

Samantha Lane The controversial Essendon figure wanted fans to know his intentions and where he stands with the club.

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Sacking James Hird would be "outrageous", says QC

Julian Burnside, QC

Samantha Lane Amidst furious speculation about James Hird's future, the barrister and human rights advocate who led his dealings with the AFL last year says a sacking would be an 'outrageous' response to fresh...