Bernie Vince

Bernard Vince (born 2 October 1985) is a former Australian rules footballer who played for the Adelaide and Melbourne Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL).

Bernie Vince
Vince playing for Melbourne in June 2017
Personal information
Full name Bernard Vince
Date of birth (1985-10-02) 2 October 1985
Place of birth Yorke Peninsula, Australia
Original team(s) Woodville-West Torrens (SANFL)
Draft No. 32, 2005 national draft
Debut Round 1, 2006, Adelaide
vs. Collingwood, at Telstra Dome
Height 186 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 86 kg (190 lb)
Position(s) Midfielder
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
20062013 Adelaide 129 0(80)
20142018 Melbourne 100 0(33)
Total 229 (113)
International team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2011 Australia 2 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2018.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2011.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables,

Originally from the Yorke Peninsula, he attended school at Minlaton District School until his senior years, which were spent in Adelaide at Prince Alfred College where he represented the school in the Open A Grade football and cricket teams.

Vince originally played Australian Rules football for the CMS Crows. After an unsuccessful stint in the SANFL, he returned to Stansbury, but eventually Woodville-West Torrens gave him a chance to play in the SANFL firsts—successfully played four gamesincluding 3 finals. Vince was selected by the Adelaide Football Club in the 2005 national draft with pick 32.

Vince played all pre-season NAB Cup games in 2006, and debuted later that year—playing ten games in his first two seasons. He played six consecutive games early in 2007 before missing the rest of the season due to form and injury.

2008 saw Vince become a consistent member of Adelaide's young midfield, capable of going forward as well. One such performance earned him the Showdown Medal in Showdown XXIV against rivals Port Adelaide, despite being one of several Crows to take heavy knocks in the six-point victory. In round 11 against Richmond, he exceeded 30 disposals for the first time—also kicking 3 goals—as Adelaide won by 50 points. He has continued this form in 2009, being one of the club's, and league's, leading possession-getters. Vince topped a great season by winning the Adelaide Crows Best and Fairest award in 2009.[1]

In 2007 and 2010 Vince was suspended by Adelaide for missing curfews.[2][3] Prior to the start of the 2012 AFL season, Vince was reprimanded, but not suspended, after reportedly stripping down to his underwear in a pub after celebrating his cricket team winning the championship. Vince had played for the Stansbury, South Australia for most of the season, but Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson prevented him from playing in the final to avoid any chance of injury so close to the AFL season.[4]

Vince was traded to the Melbourne Demons during the 2013 Trade Period.[5]

In 2015, he won the Keith 'Bluey' Truscott Medal as Melbourne's best and fairest, polling one vote ahead of Jack Viney.[6]


 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2006 Adelaide 284111513281040.
2007 Adelaide 2861428315915150.
2008 Adelaide 17211510217161378100500.70.510.37.718.04.82.4
2009 Adelaide 17241410336323659142660.60.414.013.527.55.92.8
2010 Adelaide 17167122615438078410.
2011 Adelaide 171711822716339069330.60.513.49.622.94.11.9
2012 Adelaide 1720181029312141483340.90.514.
2013 Adelaide 1721131128414843287680.60.513.
2014 Melbourne 23221314361170531100760.60.616.47.724.14.53.5
2015 Melbourne 2321116307212519571010.50.314.610.
2016 Melbourne 232161035717753481650.30.517.08.425.43.93.1
2017 Melbourne 23192426314040373550.
2018 Melbourne 23171117210127343420.
Career 229 113 90 3086 1914 5000 938 650 0.5 0.4 13.5 8.4 21.9 4.1 2.8


  1. "Vince joins Adelaide club greats". The Advertiser.
  2. Brettig, Daniel (8 August 2007). "Adelaide trio suspended". Archived from the original on 14 October 2012.
  3. "Crows suspend three players for breaches". The Age. Melbourne. 17 May 2010.
  4. Rucci, Michelangelo (13 March 2012). "No Vince suspension but Crows unimpressed with boxer shorts incident". AdelaideNow.
  5. Ryan, Peter (18 October 2013). "Melbourne swoops on Vince". AFL Bigpond.
  6. Guthrie, Ben (11 September 2015). "Vince ends Jones' streak for maiden Demons crown". Bigpond. Retrieved 11 September 2015.
  7. "Bernie Vince". AFL Tables. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
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