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.

Samantha Lane

James Hird's Federal Court appeal casts further doubt on ASADA Essendon proceedings

Essendon

Samantha Lane James Hird's solo move to appeal his unfavourable Federal Court finding has cast further uncertainty on the proceedings against 34 current and retired AFL players who stand accused of banned drug use.

James Hird to continue fight alone and appeal Federal Court verdict

James Hird.

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.

James Hird keeps option of suing AFL and ASADA up his sleeve

Options... James Hird

Samantha Lane If successful in Federal Court, James Hird will weigh up suing the AFL, and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, in a high stakes decision that would be informed by any fallout reviews of the...

Former WADA boss John Fahey believes Essendon players may serve longer bans

John Fahey has welcomed the Federal Court decision.

Samantha Lane Former World Anti-Doping Agency boss John Fahey believes the likelihood of Essendon footballers serving longer suspensions for banned drug use has increased due to “certain people with big egos...

GWS chief David Matthews gets over loss of battle for Lance Franklin and wishes for Swans win

GWS chief David Matthews.

Samantha Lane Jilted, just 12 months ago, after AFL superstar Lance Franklin slipped through Greater Western Sydney’s fingers, club chief Dave Matthews says he now hopes the gun forward leads the Swans to...

Tigers commit to lead on gender issues

Leading the push for equity: Peggy O'Neal and Brendon Gale.

Samantha Lane Richmond will radically transform the way it recruits, promotes and looks in order to be the AFL leader on gender equity – eventually with an equal male/female staff mix – and become the...

AFL committed to kicking gender imbalance into touch, says executive member Dorothy Hisgrove

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Samantha Lane The AFL executive steering industry-wide change to address the game’s relationship with women says the penny has finally dropped at league headquarters on the complex and historically vexed...

Bombers still owe $1.6m of AFL fine

Yet to pay fine: Mark Thompson.

Samantha Lane A year after the AFL issued Essendon a record $2 million fine over the supplements scandal, and fined premiership coach Mark Thompson $30,000 for his part in the affair, the club has made just one...

ASADA praised Essendon coach James Hird and allayed fears over Stephen Dank

Tick of approval: James Hird.

Samantha Lane The full details of a taped meeting between Essendon footballers and a senior Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority investigator last year reveal the assurances players received about their...

Ian Prendergast wants to stay at AFLPA

Keeping on: Ian Prendergast.

Samantha Lane The AFL Players Association’s hierarchy could be revamped further in light of Ian Prendergast’s preference to stay at the organisation and work alongside new boss Paul Marsh, despite...

Jeff Kennett takes aim at Paul Little

Jeff Kennett:

Samantha Lane Jeff Kennett has pilloried Paul Little following the Essendon chairman’s call for the federal government to step in and provide a “circuit breaker” to resolve the Bombers’...

AFL, NRL doctors join global sport leaders in New York for concussion meeting

The NFL has indicated willingness to fund concussion-related research projects with major sports abroad.

Samantha Lane AFL and NRL medical chiefs will meet representatives of America’s National Football League, the US National Hockey League, FIFA and the International Equestrian Federation as part of a global,...

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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.

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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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...

Matthew Pavlich to be monitored after being concussed against Carlton

Matthew Pavlich clashes with Saint Sean Dempster.

Samantha Lane After sustaining two head knocks in a fortnight, Matthew Pavlich will have the concussion he suffered against Carlton closely monitored before a ruling is made on whether he’s fit to face...