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

Lifestyle, not money will tempt Buddy

Samantha Lane Lance Franklin would join Greater Western Sydney not for the millions the club would pay him, but because of the more appealing lifestyle he'd lead in the Harbour City.

Swan gets the players' votes

Dane Swan

Samantha Lane Dane Swan dethrones Gary Ablett as the AFL's most valuable player, in the eyes of his peers at least, ending the three-year hold the Geelong champion had on the award.

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Football

Chance to test the impact footy has on the brain

The league hopes the study will conclude that elite footballers are no more susceptible to cognitive disorder later in life due to concussion.

Samantha Lane The impact that AFL football has on players' brain function will be revealed in an unprecedented study involving up to 130 retirees.