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 Pridham upholds a grand tradition in defence of the Swans

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

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Swans chairman blasts attack on club

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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...

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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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Time for Carlton to stand for something

Sam Lane dinkus

Samantha Lane To critique Carlton by focusing on its coach, or even feel-good but ultimately small victories, is to overlook a profoundly more important matter that’s paralysing the club.

Greater Western Sydney star Heath Shaw suffers bleeding on the brain

Heath Shaw.

Samantha Lane Heath Shaw suffered bleeding on the brain in a sickening mid-match clash 12 days ago that has sidelined him ever since

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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...

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Blues make determined move to secure Casboult

Levi Casboult has enjoyed two four-goal games in 2014, most recently last weekend.

Samantha Lane Carlton has moved to lock in key forward Levi Casboult, viewed as an increasingly valued talent within the club and arguably the most improved player on the Blues’ list in an otherwise...

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Past players embrace AFL concussion study

Experts will identify cases demanding closer attention and refer respondents for brain scansning accordingly.

Samantha Lane Australian football retirees concerned by the potentially dire after-effects of concussion have responded in droves to a landmark study - set to involve fully-funded brain scans - for the code.

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Aurora Andruska quietly departs ASADA role

Aurora Andruska.

Samantha Lane Aurora Andruska’s work for the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority is over, with the CEO-turned-consultant making a unannounced departure from the organisation on Monday.

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Essendon board could be facing scrutiny

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Samantha Lane Essendon's board, virtually unchanged through a doping probe that has seen an overhaul of the club's football department, could yet be scrutinised for a program the AFL's medical boss believes...

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Drugs body should share evidence with players: Richard Ings

Samantha Lane The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority should not hesitate to share with Essendon players the evidence it has gathered to mount the case they used prohibited drug Thymosin beta 4, argues former...

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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.

David Parkin puts his hand up: 'It was gutless.'

Peta Searle

Samantha Lane Four-time premiership coach David Parkin has identified a "complicated, social, psychological attitude" he says has inhibited the rise of women in the AFL.

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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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Retired footballers to get free brain scans

Sherrin

Samantha Lane The AFL has committed to funding an unlimited number of brain scans for retired footballers.

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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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.

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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.