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.

Bulldogs win new sponsorship deal

Samantha Lane The Western Bulldogs have struck a fresh, and more favourable, multi-million-dollar deal with their major sponsor in what the club has termed a “major coup”.

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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.

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

Swans logo

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...

League may sanction two women's matches next year

Players line up for the cameras before the women's exhibition match played in June.

Samantha Lane The AFL could sanction two female matches next year – and envisages two additional clubs following the lead of Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs by participating – as part of a long-term...

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ASADA show-cause notices for Dons

Essendon.

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

AFL

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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Sports bosses to address integrity issues

Samantha Lane Hundreds of Australia’s top sporting bosses, set to gather in Melbourne for an unprecedented integrity symposium, will be encouraged to candidly address an issue billed as one of their most...

AFL

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.

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.

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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.

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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.