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.

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St Kilda appoints AFL’s first foreign-based club director

St Kilda president Peter Summers and new board member Liz Dawson.

Samantha Lane In a left-field AFL first revealing St Kilda’s commitment to cementing itself in New Zealand, the club has appointed an internationally based director to its board.

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...

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...

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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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'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.

Ian Prendergast weighs up future after missing AFL Players Association job

Ian Prendergast has acknowledged his disappointment he would not lead the organisation permanently.

Samantha Lane Weighing up his future at the AFL Players Association after missing out on the CEO’s job, Ian Prendergast will not formally discuss his transition with the organisation’s hierarchy until...

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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.

Former Richmond player Joel Bowden eyes chance to lead AFL Players Association

Samantha Lane Former Richmond player Joel Bowden has confirmed his interest in returning to the AFL Players Association after chief executive Matt Finnis accepted the CEO role at St Kilda.

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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Lyon-sized skill gets Dockers onto game's biggest stage

Past Fremantle players

Samantha Lane On the eve of a historic grand final former Fremantle players reflect on the former years.

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Hawks set the pace in injection science

Orthokine therapy has been used by 10 AFL clubs this year.

Samantha Lane Needles, blood, athletes - the combination has repeatedly proved ruinous in elite sport, but in AFL legal injecting is a burgeoning business.

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Tigers get Grange's golden touch

Pippa Grange

Samantha Lane The woman leading Swimming Australia through its culture crisis, Dr Pippa Grange, has started working at Richmond with a charter to instil premiership-winning characteristics in the success-starved...

Short trip from supplements to substances

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Samantha Lane A direct link between the 'short cut' culture of supplement use and subsequent engagement in prohibited doping methods is a major concern of national coaches highlighted in the federal...

Prize cut for pre-season premier

Brisbane Lions celebrate.

Samantha Lane The Lions pocketed $142,000 for their efforts on Friday night but would have been better off in 2008.

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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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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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Clock and awe: Etihad boss wants countdown clocks

Paul Sergeant.

Samantha Lane Countdown clocks would be introduced at AFL games if Etihad Stadium's new boss had licence to break tradition and alert all comers to the time remaining in play.

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AFL a boys' club, says Knight

Beverley Knight.

Samantha Lane AFL hierarchy more concerned about ''mitigating the deeds of mates'' than preserving code's integrity.

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Saints have learnt lesson from Lovett case: lawyer

Sacked St Kilda footballer Andrew Lovett.

Samantha Lane The striking contrast in St Kilda's handling of Stephen Milne's rape charges and those faced by Andrew Lovett in 2010 has been highlighted by Lovett's lawyer, who maintains his former client - sacked...