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.

'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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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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Saints name Saad as emergency

Ahmed Saad

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

McLachlan to decide future by mid-week

Gillon McLachlan.

Samantha Lane Gillon McLachlan expected to inform AFL in next two days whether he will become head of NRL.

Guerra's injections of blood OK

Brent Guerra winces in pain after injuring his hamstring during the round 23 match against the West Coast Eagles.

Samantha Lane Previously banned technique is now routinely employed to accelerate recovery.

Football

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...