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.

AFL

Peta Searle gives up coaching dream

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.

AFL

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.

'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.

AFL

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.

Inside Lane

Revolution now

Peta Searle with her children Tessa (right) and Jackson

Samantha Lane Peta Searle fits the prototype of unlikely-looking revolutionary. Whippet-thin, 154 centimetres tall, welcoming and mild-mannered, she is waiting for a load of washing to finish and anticipating the...