Stansbury – South Australia
CMS Crows / Woodville-West Torrens / Adelaide Crows / Melbourne
Few AFL players and broadcasters can hold claim to being equally revered on both sides of the Victorian-South Australian border. Which makes Bernie Vince a rarity thanks to his outstanding career with both the Crows and the Demons, combined with his likeable nature and knockabout personality.
Two years post an AFL career that yielded 229 games and the distinction of being a Best and Fairest at both Adelaide and Melbourne, Vince has transitioned neatly to post-footy roles with Triple M and Fox Footy.
Co-host alongside Andrew Jarman of The Rush Hour weekdays on Triple M Adelaide, Vince also slides in to the experts chair on weekends for the station’s AFL match coverage as well as regular featuring on Dead Set Legends alongside Jarman and Greg Blewett.
His sporting weekend is completed as part of the panel on Sunday nights on Fox Footy’s The Bounce, which looks back at the lighter side of the AFL round just completed.
Hailing from Stansbury on the Yorke Peninsula, 200 kilometres west of Adelaide, Vince was a talented junior cricketer before leaping from country football to the SANFL finals with Woodville West Torrens in a matter of weeks in late 2005. Two months later, he was drafted by the Adelaide Crows with selection 32 in the 2005 NAB AFL Draft – the undoubted ‘smoky’ of his draft class.
A breakout fourth season at the Crows saw Vince claim the Best and Fairest and announce himself as one of the classiest midfielders in the AFL.
After eight seasons and 129 games, Vince joined Melbourne during the 2013 AFL Trade Period, quickly assuming an important role in the Demons youthful and developing squad. This culminated in winning the Keith ‘Bluey’ Truscott award as Melbourne’s best and fairest player in 2015 – a year in which he polled a career high 14 Brownlow votes.
Bernie and wife Abbie welcomed their first child Harvey in 2019. He splits his time between Melbourne and Adelaide, where he is a Director of Pride Real Estate in addition to his media commitments.