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 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.

AFL

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.

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

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.

AFL

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...

AFL

Milne 'likely' to play before case resolved: Demetriou

Stephen Milne

Samantha Lane AFL boss Andrew Demetriou has said it is "highly likely" that Stephen Milne will resume playing for St Kilda before his rape charges are resolved.

Saints back Milne to return soon

Out of the team: Stephen Milne leaves St Kilda training on Friday. He will miss Saturday's match against Melbourne.

Samantha Lane AFL boss says it is ''highly likely'' that forward will resume playing before rape charges resolved.

AFL

Seats on the cheap at Etihad

Etihad Stadium

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

AFL

AFL needs policy on crime: Thomas

Grant Thomas

Samantha Lane Grant Thomas says league lacks clear policy to deal with players who face criminal charges.

AFL

Tasmania pushes AFL relocation

<p>

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.

Comments 81

AFL

Luke Ball: 200 games and counting

Luke Ball.

Samantha Lane Last July, Luke Ball could not have felt further away from playing game 200.

AFL blasted on Milne stance

Stephen Milne leaves court with his wife, Melissa, on July 5.

Samantha Lane Sexual assault expert lambasts league for allowing Stephen Milne to resume playing.

AFL

League ready for Milne fallout

Stephen Milne.

Samantha Lane AFL boss Andrew Demetriou confesses to mixed feelings on the matter.

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.

AFL

Saints name Saad as emergency

Ahmed Saad

Samantha Lane Ahmed Saad, being counselled after a positive drug test, receives a surprise promotion.

AFL

Kosi wants to fly one more time

Saint's haven: Justin Koschitzke in his shed complete with St Kilda locker.

Samantha Lane Justin Koschitzke is hoping to finish his AFL career with an unbridled celebration.

Football

Blues to add midfield coach

Samantha Lane Mick Malthouse will add a freshly retired footballer to Carlton's coaching panel next season.

AFL

Dees get their man and start hunt for a long-term coach

Paul Roos

Jon Pierik and Samantha Lane Melbourne takes unique step of beginning to search for its future senior coach.

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.