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

Saints name Saad as emergency

Ahmed Saad

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

Cloke, Pies no closer: manager

Travis Cloke.

Samantha Lane If Collingwood has resolved to give Travis Cloke the unconditional five-year deal he is seeking, it is yet to inform the star forward's manager.

Prize cut for pre-season premier

Brisbane Lions celebrate.

Samantha Lane The Lions pocketed $142,000 for their efforts on Friday night but would have been better off in 2008.

AFL

Fans fail to show for pre-season

NAB Cup final

Samantha Lane Nearly double the crowd was at the same venue to watch the same clubs in 2007.

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.

Football

'Circle of trust' may claim Mifsud

Jason Mifsud

Jon Pierik and Samantha Lane Former footballer Ronnie Burns says Mifsud may not have a choice other than to step down.