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

Bulldogs left bemused by Good Friday rejection

Peter Gordon.

Samantha Lane It has emerged that the Western Bulldogs wanted to play St Kilda on Good Friday next year.

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Seats on the cheap at Etihad

Etihad Stadium

Samantha Lane Price of tickets being slashed for two matches to help boost attendance figures.

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AFL must promote women: Mostyn

Sam Mostyn.

Samantha Lane AFL commissioner implores game's powerbrokers to be better champions of female talent so that the promotion of women to chief executive and presidential posts is accelerated.

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Tasmania pushes AFL relocation

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Samantha Lane Tasmania pushing for one Melbourne-based club to commit to 'semi-relocation' by playing eight games annually in the state, which also hopes to one day have its own team.

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Alberti becomes top Dog for women's weekend

Susan Alberti

Samantha Lane Peter Gordon hands Western Bulldogs presidency to Susan Alberti for the weekend.

MCG lights shine on dogged rover's field of dreams for women

Western Bulldogs Director Susan Alberti with the two womens teams that will play as a curtain raiser to the Bulldogs v Melbourne game at The MCG.

Samantha Lane Susan Alberti has gone from the Footscray cheer squad to become the AFL’s only female club president - if only for today.

Weekend woman president 'a small, symbolic act'

Top job: Susan Alberti has taken the Bulldogs presidency for the weekend.

Samantha Lane The Western Bulldogs have as many female directors as any AFL club.

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Success sparks support for women's game

Chelsea Randall of Melbourne tackles Lauren Spark of the Western Bulldogs in the inaugural AFL women's match at the MCG.

Samantha Lane The first AFL-sanctioned women's match has been declared a resounding success with the movement now set to receive unprecedented league support after winning a host of powerful new fans.

Tigers will no longer move 'home' games

CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA - JULY 13:  Nathan Foley of the Tigers takes a mark during the round 16 AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the Gold Coast Suns at Cazaly's Stadium on July 13, 2013 in Cairns, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Samantha Lane Richmond, closing in on finals, boasting record membership and soon to be free of debt, say they will never again relocate home games for money.

AFL

Gale vows Tigers will play at MCG

Brendon Gale.

Samantha Lane Richmond, closing in on finals, says it will never again relocate home games for money.

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AFL rejects Suns' Good Friday push

Suns stun Saints at Metricon (Thumbnail)

Samantha Lane The AFL has rejected a fresh push to end the annual free-kick it grants the NRL.

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Saints send Hutchison packing

Greg Hutchison.

Samantha Lane The AFL's extraordinary turnover of club football operations bosses continues.

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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.

Clubs against more restrictions on players' down time

Sherrin

Samantha Lane Imposing further restrictions on players in limited down time they have deemed unwise.

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Fans fail to show for pre-season

NAB Cup final

Samantha Lane Nearly double the crowd was at the same venue to watch the same clubs in 2007.

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AFL sees the light on women's footy

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Samantha Lane A match under lights at the MCG in June will be a contest between two AFL clubs unlike any before. In an historic curtain-raiser, women will play for Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs before a...

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Blues snub Docklands in push to make MCG home

All smiles: Carlton coach Mick Malthouse and captain Marc Murphy.

Samantha Lane From 2015 onwards, Carlton wants to play eight home games at the MCG.

Angels and Demons

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Samantha Lane Cameron Butler has seen Melbourne Football Club players, coaches and staff through the best and worst of times.