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 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.

Essendon star Brendon Goddard opens up on personality clashes and WADA appeal

Hard yards: Brendon Goddard in training.

Samantha Lane Bomber leader spills the beans on backroom antics and bust-ups.

Racing Victoria chief to meet Michelle Payne over chauvinism

Michelle Payne shows off her Melbourne Cup trophies.

Samantha Lane Racing Victoria's chief executive has sought a meeting with Michelle Payne, specifically to discuss her experience and impressions of sexism in horse racing.

Spring carnival 2015: Michelle Payne will be first choice for Prince of Penzance next year

Sandy McGregor and Michelle Payne.

Samantha Lane Sandy McGregor, co-owner of Melbourne Cup winner Prince of Penzance, has guaranteed Michelle Payne will be first choice to repeat the ride next year.

Spring racing: equal opportunity boss slams sexism in racing

Michelle Payne before her ride on Akzar at the Kyneton Cup.

Samantha Lane Victoria's Equal Opportunity and Human Rights commissioner is calling on the horseracing industry to review sexism in the sport she suspects is "deep seated", and highlighted by pioneering Melbourne...

National time trial champion Bridie O'Donnell commits to attempt hour record

Extreme challenge: Bridie O'Donnell will be the first Australian woman in 15 years to attempt the track hour record.

Samantha Lane, CYCLING 2008 national time trial champion Bridie O'Donnell will be the first Australian woman in 15 years to attempt the track hour record, come January.

Games gender equality draws nearer

Samantha Lane, OLYMPICS The 2020 Olympics have been earmarked as the summer games where female athletes will have equal opportunity for the first time.

Western Bulldogs lobby AFL as only one women's game makes fixture

Blazing a trail: Demons and Dogs players before the women's exhibition match in June.

Samantha Lane The Western Bulldogs have asked the AFL to find a home for a second women's game against Melbourne next season, after the clubs leading the code-transforming push were drawn to meet just once.

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Kayaker receives two-year ban for doping

Tate Smith, Dave Smith, Murray Stewart, and Jacob Clear of Australia celebrate winning the gold in the men's kayak four (K4) 1000m canoe sprint at the London Olympics in August 2012.

Samantha Lane The first Australian Olympic gold medallist found guilty of a doping offence has accepted a two-year ban from sport after initially arguing his sin was inadvertent.

Michael Matthews denies rift with Orica-GreenEDGE teammate Simon Gerrans

Michael Matthews:

Samantha Lane Michael Matthews has rejected the suggestion of animosity between him and Orica-GreenEDGE teammate Simon Gerrans after the world road titles.

Netball stalwart Anne Sargeant joins Sport Australia Hall of Fame

Legend of the game: Former player and coach Anne Sargeant.

Samantha Lane Anne Sargeant, the first netballer and 37th legend in the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, said she felt elated but unworthy to be elevated to such company.

Jason Day honoured as newest Don

Famous eight: New Hall of Fame inductees with legend Ken Rosewall (seated) are Ricky Ponting, John O’Neill, Leisel Jones, Norm Proven, Helen Brownlee, Casey Stoner, Ryan Bayley and (front) Priya Cooper.

Samantha Lane Jason Day has won the Don award for the most inspiring Australian sports performance in the past year, a prize accepted by the golfer's mother at the Sport Australia Hall of Fame dinner.

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Elisabeth Tuckey appointed CEO of youth homelessness charity Ladder

Incoming Ladder CEO Elisabeth Tuckey.

Samantha Lane Ladder, the not-for-profit youth homelessness charity supported financially by the entire AFL playing corps, has appointed Elisabeth Tuckey as its new chief executive.

Key sports reps seek WADA audience

WADA director-general David Howman.

Samantha Lane Key figures, and sometime adversaries, in the AFL's unresolved drugs scandal are converging for an exclusive audience with the World Anti-Doping Agency's boss at a three-day sports law conference.

Cameron Meyer joins South African team

New team: Cameron Meyer.

Samantha Lane A coup signing for Australia's Orica-GreenEDGE four years ago, multiple world title holder Cameron Meyer has found a new home in South African outfit MTN-Qhubeka.

Women footballers at Brownlow to challenge AFL tradition

The AFL has invited prominent footballer Daisy Pearce to present an award on Brownlow night.

Samantha Lane Two female footballing talents will present Brownlow awards, as women's footy gains traction.

Michael Clarke may join Channel Nine commentary team

Michael Clarke: Time for a break.

Samantha Lane Having reneged on a commitment to play Big Bash League cricket this summer, Michael Clarke could have the next step in his professional career - joining the Channel Nine commentary team - clarified...

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Busting the 'boys club', sports CEOs ask tough questions

ARU chief Bill Pulver is embarrassed there are no women members on his senior executive team, a situation he is intent on changing.

Samantha Lane EXCLUSIVE Chief executives of Australia's top sports have been told their organisations are still viewed as "boys clubs" where so-called masculine qualities are seen as necessary.

AFL freezes finals ticket prices: Rival codes still cheaper

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Samantha Lane The AFL, Australia's richest and most popular sporting code, confirmed on Wednesday is it 'freezing' the base cost of finals tickets again this year. It means the base price remains at 2013 rates.

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For the love of the game – Moana Hope finds her feet

Samantha Lane Moana Hope is 23 years old. She lost her father, to cancer, when she was 13, has a mother battling a cruel assortment of illnesses, and is the full-time carer for her 21-year-old disabled sister (one...

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Make Carlton a "happy place": Koutoufides

Samantha Lane Carlton, desperately seeking a coach to lift it from a decade-long rut, should select a character capable of making Princes Park a happy place, former club captain Anthony Koutoufides has said.