Samantha Lane

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Samantha Lane
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Lane during Seven Network's pre-game coverage prior to the inaugural AFL Women's match in February 2017
Samantha Jane "Sam" Lane

(1979-06-05) 5 June 1979 (age 39)
OccupationAustralian AFL writer, television & radio personality
Years active2003–present
EmployerSeven Network
Parent(s)Tim Lane

Samantha Jane "Sam" Lane (born 5 June 1979) is an Australian AFL writer for The Age newspaper, television and radio personality and daughter of veteran football journalist and commentator Tim Lane.

Lane was a footy fanatic even during secondary education at St Michael's Grammar School where she had a keen interest in sport as well as aerobics and drama and began writing about Australian Rules Football while completing a Bachelor of Arts and language degree in French at Melbourne University. She now has experience across all media - print, online, television and radio as well as public speaking engagements.


Lane (right) interviewing Bec Goddard during the round 6, 2017 AFLW match between Adelaide and Melbourne.

Lane started out writing for the Carlton Football Club monthly magazine and writing reports for the AFL website.

Lane is a sports writer with The Age newspaper in Melbourne. She joined The Sunday Age sports team in 2005 before crossing to the weekday Age in 2007. Although well known as a football journalist, she also covers other major sporting events for the paper, including the Australian Open tennis, Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games.[1]


Lane was a panellist on Network Ten's Before the Game AFL panel show from 2003 until leaving at the end of the 2012 football season.[2] She also made regular contributions on Melbourne community radio station Triple R.

In 2013, Lane joined the Seven Network for its Saturday night AFL coverage.[3]

Lane is also a cast member of the ABC Television documentary series Agony Aunts[4] and The Agony of Life.[5]


Since 2008 she has been a part of the ABC's Radio AFL coverage, joining Stan Alves and Gerard Whatley in the pre-match discussion on Sunday afternoons.

Community work[edit]

Lane sits on the advisory committee of the Melbourne Vixens’ board, has been an ambassador for the Basil Sellers Art Prize and Run Melbourne and has an ongoing ambassadorial role for Breast Cancer Network Australia.[6] She has also been a player in the Community Cup charity.


  • 2007: AFL Players' Association. Football Writer of the Year[7]
  • 2009: Melbourne Press Club Quill Awards. Best Sports Story in any Medium[8]
  • 2011: AFL Coaches Association. Media Award in recognition of journalistic excellence[9]
  • 2011: vicsport. Media Award[10]
  • 2012: Australian Sports Commission awards. Highly Commended for best coverage of sport by an individual (print)[11]


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