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.

Galbally queries legal teams

Questions over lawyers: David Galbally.

Samantha Lane Kurt Tippett's lawyer concerned that Adelaide and the AFL have employed same law firm.

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Brendon Gale says a woman could be next AFL CEO

Peggy O'Neal, Brendon Gale and Andrew Demetriou on Friday.

Samantha Lane Having committed Richmond to a groundbreaking project aimed at rectifying gender imbalance in sporting hierarchies, Tigers boss Brendon Gale says there is no reason why the next AFL chief executive...

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Richmond Tigers AFL club leads way in affirmative action in sport study

Tigers pioneers: Peggy O’Neal and Brendon Gale.

Samantha Lane Richmond Football Club is leading a pioneering affirmative action project, with Australian Sports Commission and AFL backing, to investigate the real and perceived blocks to women reaching the...

AFL

James Hird given clear 'protocols' on airing grievances

A large media pack looks on during Essendon chairman Paul Little's media conference on Wednesday.

Samantha Lane James and Tania Hird's anger over the fallout of the Essendon drugs scandal was perhaps destined to explode.

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Essendon doesn't expect infraction notices, says Paul Little

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Samantha Lane Essendon chairman Paul Little has re-stated his view that it is unlikely the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority will issue infraction notices after investigating the Bombers.

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Buddy: leaving Hawks "the hardest time of my life"

Lance Franklin in one of last year's semi finals

Samantha Lane Lance Franklin has described his departure from Hawthorn as the hardest period of his life.

Hope that today's AFL players will 'cope better' in retirement

Wayne Carey.

Samantha Lane The increased use of psychologists and other related services by former AFL players has been interpreted as an indication that today's footballers will cope better in retirement than their forebears.

Stephen Dank says Essendon body count will grow in supplements saga

Samantha Lane Stephen Dank, the central figure in the most scandalous drugs case to hit Australian sport, has predicted Essendon players will avoid sanctions but says the ''body count'' in the ongoing saga will...

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'Body count' will grow, says Dank

More fallout to come: Stephen Dank at Friday's function at Crown.

Samantha Lane Biochemist Stephen Dank predicts Essendon players will avoid sanctions but says the "body count" in the supplements scandal will grow.

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Sacking James Hird would be "outrageous", says QC

Julian Burnside, QC

Samantha Lane Amidst furious speculation about James Hird's future, the barrister and human rights advocate who led his dealings with the AFL last year says a sacking would be an 'outrageous' response to fresh...

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Bill Kelty warns James and Tania Hird

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Samantha Lane AFL Commissioner Bill Kelty says James and Tania Hird need to decide whether they 'want to continue the saga' of the Essendon drugs investigation that marred last season and has over boiled again...

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Stephen Dank says Essendon players will avoid sanctions

Stephen Dank considers question.

Samantha Lane Stephen Dank, the central figure in the most damaging drugs scandal to hit Australian sport, has predicted the "body count" will grow.

AFL coaches forced to cope with high levels of stress, illness

Samantha Lane AFL coaches are experiencing such high levels of stress in their increasingly demanding jobs that some suffer insomnia and feel physically ill, an unprecedented study has found.

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Behind the crazy, roller-coaster life of an AFL coach

AFL coaches

Samantha Lane They are the main men at an AFL club: high-profile, all-powerful, but a new study reveals there is another side to the story.

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Players' association calls for 'cultural shift' on concussion

Past players will be surveyed and, if any issues emerge that may be related to concussion, they will be referred to a variety of experts.

Samantha Lane Ever concerned about the potentially devastating long-term effects of concussion, the AFL Players Association is urging a profound 'cultural shift' in how footballers measure toughness among...

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Lawyer says James Hird has not received show-cause notice

Essendon Bombers coach James Hird.

Samantha Lane One of the lawyers who has acted for James Hird through the supplements saga, Steven Amendola, told Fairfax Media on Thursday night that the Essendon coach had not received a show cause notice from...

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All eyes on Australia over drugs: John Fahey

Former WADA president John Fahey.

Samantha Lane As the anti-doping cases in the AFL and NRL climax, the World Anti-Doping Agency's director-general, and the powerful authority's recently departed president, have highlighted how the crucial next...

AFL

James Hird interview was highly strategic

In James Hird's sign-off appearance before he is expected to return to Australia in July, the motivations and desired message were very clear.

Samantha Lane The controversial Essendon figure wanted fans to know his intentions and where he stands with the club.

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Joel Bowden could replace Matt Finnis at AFLPA

Joel Bowden.

Samantha Lane Joel Bowden has confirmed his interest in returning to the AFL Players Association as its CEO after current head Matt Finnis departs to take over at St Kilda - a move that was formalised today.