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.

$10 million? Sydney Swans have got value for money with Lance Franklin

Samantha Lane Could it be that, after a $10 million outlay to land the AFL’s biggest star on an unprecedented nine-year contract, Sydney has got its money’s worth within 11 months?

GWS chief David Matthews gets over loss of battle for Lance Franklin and wishes for Swans win

GWS chief David Matthews.

Samantha Lane Jilted, just 12 months ago, after AFL superstar Lance Franklin slipped through Greater Western Sydney’s fingers, club chief Dave Matthews says he now hopes the gun forward leads the Swans to...

AFL

Show us who's boss, Swans chairman Andrew Pridham tells Gillon McLachlan

Gillon McLachlan

Samantha Lane Calling on the AFL, under fresh leadership, to stamp its authority, Sydney chairman Andrew Pridham has singled out Gillon McLachlan, saying the new CEO must show the competition who is boss.

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.

AFL

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...

No news is Adam Goodes' news

Lance Franklin and Adam Goodes walk off in shock after the game.

Samantha Lane More concerned about Sydney's grand final capitulation than discussing his own football future, dual Brownlow medallist Adam Goodes has delayed a much-anticipated announcement.

AFL

Paul Chapman gets new contract with Essendon

Pull the tripper ... Paul Chapman will get a new contract.

Samantha Lane Triple-premiership veteran Paul Chapman has guaranteed himself a contract with Essendon for next year after hitting a trigger point in the deal he signed following his departure from Geelong.

AFL

Blues make determined move to secure Casboult

Levi Casboult has enjoyed two four-goal games in 2014, most recently last weekend.

Samantha Lane Carlton has moved to lock in key forward Levi Casboult, viewed as an increasingly valued talent within the club and arguably the most improved player on the Blues’ list in an otherwise...

AFL

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...

AFL

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.

Bail for junior coach suspended for 'indecent dealings' with boy

Sherrin football

Samantha Lane Reeling after a full-time employee, Mark Heaney, was charged for indecent dealings with a teenage boy, the AFL says it conducted appropriate background checks on the coach as recently as this year.

AFL

AFL puts knee blame on grounds

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Samantha Lane AFL poised to commission new research into serious knee injuries but is linking this year's extraordinary spate to ground hardness after unseasonably warm weather.

AFL

Colless hits out at Tiger boss' claim

Sydney Swans chairman Richard Colless.

Samantha Lane Sydney chairman Richard Colless has lambasted his Richmond counterpart, Gary March, for the ''appalling'' act of forecasting that the reigning premiers are set to announce a financial loss, and...

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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

Demon Roos to hit the ground running

Paul Roos

Samantha Lane Paul Roos is the new coach of troubled AFL club Melbourne, agreeing to a two-year deal on Friday.

AFL

Buying into the philosophy: a leadership approach

Leading Teams.

Samantha Lane At this unprecedented season climax, three of the four remaining teams - Fremantle, Hawthorn and Sydney - employ Leading Teams.

AFL

Sydney backed on Dew decision

Stuart Dew.

Samantha Lane AFL Coaches Association boss underlines Sydney's right to insist that Stuart Dew remains a Swans coach unless Melbourne offers him a clear promotion.

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The long haul

Ted Richards.

Samantha Lane It has taken years for this Bomber turned Sydney Swan to achieve overnight success.

Richards reveals extent of ankle injury

It didn't show, but Ted Richards was nerve-stricken about his ankle injury.

Samantha Lane Publicly, Sydney's All-Australian defender Ted Richards brushed off his ankle injury in the days before the grand final.

Football

The luckiest man counts his blessings

Flying high: Swan Mitch Morton celebrates a second quarter goal.

Samantha Lane Mitch Morton finally achieves his life-long ambition of playing in a premiership team.