Stansbury – South Australia
After being a talented junior cricketer, Bernie Vince made his debut in Round 1 of the 2006 season against Collingwood. Vince showed he’d made the right decision to pursue an AFL career with a breakout year in 2009. Vince took home his first Best and Fairest award, thanks to nine games of 30 possessions or more. The dynamic midfielder had a very consistent 2012 under Brenton Sanderson, highlighted by being awarded with the Michael Tuck Medal in a winning NAB Cup side, and a best afield performance in his 100th game.
The 2013 Gillette AFL Trade period saw Vince move to the Demons, providing an opportunity to further develop his game in a midfield role and adding experience to a youthful Melbourne list.
Settling well into the Demons in season 2014, Vince has made his mark in the midfield and is looked up to by the younger players at the club. His 2015 was even better, winning the Keith ‘Blue’ Truscott award as Melbourne’s best and fairest winner. All going to plan, Vince will play his 200th game in season 2017.
Off-field Vince is often called upon by media outlets for game analysis, and insight with a unique (and cheeky) outlook including Channel Nine’s AFL Footy Show and Nova 100’s breakfast show with Chrissy, Sam and Browny.