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.

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...

Andrew Pridham upholds a grand tradition in defence of the Swans

In the spotlight: Andrew Pridham in Melbourne on Friday.

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

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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.

AFL

Time for Carlton to stand for something

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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

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

AFL

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...

AFL

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...

AFL

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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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

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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.

AFL

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

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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...

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Dean Robinson yet to receive a show-cause notice

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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

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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.

Bombers players offered penalty lifeline

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Samantha Lane and Alana Schetzer Essendon players caught up in the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority probe have been thrown a lifeline, with penalty discounts up to 75 per cent up for grabs if they ''fully co-operate'' and are...

AFL

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.

AFL

ASADA show-cause notices for Dons

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

AFL

Essendon challenges ASADA, AFL

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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

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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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