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Sam Lane and Tim Lane


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In the countdown to the AFL Grand Final, our Relatives States series turns its attention to football writers.

Tim Lane has been a sports commentator and journalist for 40 years; his long-running column in the Sunday Age is essential weekly reading for committed AFL fans. Sam Lane, his daughter, is an award-winning sports writer and football commentator with the Seven Network.

In conversation with Melbourne broadcaster Alicia Sometimes, the pair will discuss where their influences, processes and interests converge. Why are there so many prominent families within the AFL empire?  What tensions emerge when there are two football writers in the same family – and what have they learned, as writers, from each other? More generally, what role does football play in the creative life of Melbourne as a city?




Alicia Sometimes

Alicia Sometimes is an Australian writer and broadcaster. She has performed her spoken word and poetry at many venues, festivals and events around the world. Her poems have been in Best Australian Science Writing, Best Australian Poems, Overland, Southerly, Meanjin, the Age, ABC TV’s Sunday... Read more

Tim Lane

Tim Lane has been broadcasting and writing about sport for more than 40 years. He spent three decades with the ABC covering football and international cricket, and worked at five Olympic Games. Today, he writes a weekly column for the Sunday Age and continues to broadcast AFL games and cricket ... Read more

Sam Lane

An award winning journalist for the Age newspaper who specialises in AFL, Olympic and cycling, Samantha Lane joined Channel Seven’s AFL broadcast team in 2013. The move followed her ten seasons with Channel 10’s much-loved AFL panel show, Before the Game, where Sam worked with some of Australia... Read more


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