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Bernie Vince
#23   Melbourne Demons
Age: 28yr 11mth    Games: 151     Born: October 2, 1985    
Height: 186cm     Weight: 87kg     Position: Midfield
Last Drafted: Round 2, Pick #32 2005 National Draft
Last Drafted By: Adelaide Crows
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Bernie Vince Biography

Sunday, 16 February 2014
Matt Crouch gathers 23 disposals in Adelaide's NAB Challenge match against Port Adelaide with Crows coach Brenton Sanderson saying the club's decision to trade Bernie Vince for pick No.23 will pay dividends in the long run.

"You know that I liked him before the draft and for him just to slot in today and just get into the rhythm of the game really quickly was really pleasing for me," Sanderson said.

"It's unfair to do 'Vince for Matt Crouch' because Matt Crouch is just 18 and starting his career, Bernie's in the twilight of his career as a 28-year-old.

"It was a football decision that was made and we've got Matt Crouch on our list now and ... as I said, 10 years, 12 years of Brad and Matt playing together is going to be really exciting for our footy club."

Tuesday, 5 November 2013
Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson says trading Bernie Vince was a tough decision but necessary for the club to improve its playing list.

"Bernie's one of our fans' favourites. Our players absolutely adore him, I loved coaching him, I have a great relationship with Bernie," Sanderson said.

"Any time you have to let a club champion out of your footy club it's going to be a step back ... we wish Bernie all the best with his next stage in his career and I'm sure he's going to have a fantastic time at Melbourne.

"We couldn't go two years without picks in the first two rounds. You have to keep bringing young talent into your football team."

Sunday, 3 November 2013
New Demon recruit Bernie Vince claims he was 'pushed' by Adelaide to find a new home.

"They let me know even if I had a stand-out season next year they weren't going to re-sign me any further," Vince said.

"It has come out that this was my decision ... I don't think they (the club) want the fans or the media to know they pushed me out of the door.

"But the full team knows the situation."

Friday, 18 October 2013
Bernie Vince joins Melbourne after being offered a three-year deal by the Demons.

In exchange, the Crows will receive Melbourne's second round compensation pick (No. 23 overall) in the NAB AFL Draft that the Demons received after losing the services of free agent Colin Sylvia.

"We think we've got a player who's ready to go," Melbourne football operations manager Josh Mahoney said.

"He's really excited about the opportunity to come to Melbourne, excited about reinventing himself if you like and really getting the most out of his footy for the next period of time."

Adelaide concede that they weren't prepared to offer Vince a deal to match Melbourne's.

"From a List Management perspective, we weren't prepared to offer Bernie a contract extension at this point in time," Adelaide list manager David Noble said.

"We understand Bernie's desire to secure his playing future long-term and after the great service he's given our footy club over a long period of time, we won't stand in his way."

Friday, 11 October 2013
Bernie Vince meets with Melbourne in a discussion that could form a potential trade between the Demons and the Crows.
Tuesday, 8 October 2013
Adelaide list manager says Bernie Vince is not up for trade.

"He's a best and fairest, Showdown medallist for us and he's contracted," Noble said.

"We think he really adds some depth in that midfield area … he actually won his best and fairest playing his best footy off the wing and half forward with rotation through the midfield.

"We haven't put him on the table at all in that sense. He's contracted."

Thursday, 13 September 2012
Bernie Vince says the camaraderie amongst players at the Crows is the best it's been since he was recruited.

"I don't know whether it's because I've been here seven years now and I've seen most of the guys come through under me … [but] it's the closest I've been to any group since I've been at the club," Vince said.

"Guys who aren't getting a game are helping those who are getting a game, guys who are fighting for the same position are helping each other out at training and pointing things out they could do better

"It's just really unselfish stuff which is great."

Thursday, 16 August 2012
Bernie Vince says the Crows could find a replacement internally if Kurt Tippett decided to leave the club.

"We can't have a say on whether he signs or not with us, so all we can do is make it as good as environment as we can for him and hope that he stays," Vince said.

"If he did move on we've got guys coming through that have performed really well, Josh Jenkins and these guys that are chomping at the bit to get a game.

"We have got to back up if things don't go well."

Saturday, 21 April 2012
Adelaide midfielder Bernie Vince will will miss two to four weeks with a broken hand.

"Not the best of news but hopefully only miss 3 or 4 weeks. Gonna be hard watching but the boys are doing well," Vince tweeted.

Saturday, 17 March 2012
After enduring a tough week where he was featured in the press for all the wrong reasons, Bernie Vince shines in the Crows' NAB Cup Grand Final clash against West Coast to take out the Michael Tuck medal for being best on ground.

"I thought I owed it to the group to play well and it was obviously good for the team to win," Vince said.

"I don't really think too much wider than the group and the footy club. I didn't obviously try to come out and get best or anything like that, but I…was going to give them my all tonight."

Wednesday, 14 March 2012
Bernie Vince will buy 60 tickets for Crows fans to the NAB Cup Grand Final as punishment for his weekend shenanigans.
Tuesday, 13 March 2012
Adelaide veteran Michael Doughty has backed Bernie Vince to rebound from his latest off-field indiscretion where he was reported to have stripped down to his underpants in a hotel.

"We'll deal with Bernie internally in terms of improving that side of his life and he'll get better, he's a strong kid," Doughty said.

"He's just got to learn very quickly because you can't get away with that stuff anymore."

Monday, 12 March 2012
Adelaide midfielder Bernie Vince is facing disciplinary action for stripping to his underwear in a hotel.

At the moment it looks like a silly action and the only other thing that is in our minds clearly is it's another silly action," Adelaide CEO Stephen Trigg said.

"Bernie will be dealt with strongly on this one way or another because it's inappropriate to be in a public place like that.

"In so many ways, Bernie is such a loved and integral part of our organisation. But the silliness that goes with it sometimes is a distraction to us."

Wednesday, 7 March 2012
Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson has banned midfielder Bernie Vince from playing in a local cricket grand final at his home of Stansbury on South Australia's Yorke Peninsula.

"He's played in eight grand finals in a row, but this week he'll be watching from the sidelines," Sanderson said.

"We're very close to the start of the season, we can't risk any players being exposed to any unnecessary risks."

Saturday, 31 December 2011
Adelaide expects to close the book on Bernie Vince's late-night Christmas revelry when players and coaches return to the club.

"He shouldn't be out that late, so we'll speak to Bernie about it when everyone gets back," Crows football manager Phil Harper said.

"There isn't a (club-imposed) curfew, but it's a case of common sense prevails and don't be out too late when you're preparing for a football season - and 6am is too late."

Wednesday, 28 December 2011
Crows star Bernie Vince is part of a group thrown out of Adelaide's SkyCity casino while celebrating Christmas after a man urinated on a poker machine although Vince says his involvement in any incident was minimal.

"He wasn't my mate," Vince said.

"He knows someone I knew who was with us. Apparently he (urinated) somewhere he shouldn't have. I didn't see him do it. I don't see why I am involved."

Wednesday, 20 July 2011
Phil Davis becomes the third Adelaide player linked to GWS and Crows coach Neil Craig says the club cannot afford to lose any of them.

"I don't want to lose Phil Davis," Craig said on.

"It would be the same if we lost Taylor Walker. I want Taylor back in form, so he can continue his AFL career and improve at the rate that I think he can.

"We'd be worse off without Taylor, and it would be the same for Bernie Vince. We can't afford to lose any of those players, but we are [helpless] because of the rules."

Thursday, 12 May 2011
Adelaide midfielder Bernie Vince will miss at least two weeks after straining a hamstring at training.

"It's disappointing for Bernie. What we asked him to do when he went back to the SANFL he did really well on the weekend," Crows assistant coach Ben Hart said.

"He worked on his running game … and was in line for a recall, so it's disappointing for him. Hopefully, it's not a bad one."

Thursday, 20 January 2011
A degenerative knee problem similar to that suffered by Crows champion Andrew McLeod won't force star Crow Bernie Vince into early retirement according to Crows football operations manager Phil Harper.

"It's a bit similar to Andrew McLeod's injury, with the amount of cartilage left in Bernie's knee. It's an ongoing management issue, but he should be able to play for another six or seven years," Harper said.

"If Bernie could play 340 games and play until he was 34 years of age like Andrew did we'd be pretty happy. I don't envisage him playing until 34, but he should still get to age 30 pretty easily."

Sunday, 19 December 2010
Adelaide midfielder Bernie Vince will be sidelined for the next month after undergoing minor surgery on the same knee he injured against Brisbane in round 20 of 2010.

"They had a look at it and did an arthroscope, which showed there was a bit more cartilage there, so they took it out," Crows football operations manager Phil Harper said.

"He was running pain-free for the whole of pre-season until last Thursday, but with the timing of the break we thought it was a good idea for Bernie to have it now.

"It's a setback, but he'll be able to be running again when the players come back in January. He just won't join in full training again until mid-January."

Wednesday, 18 August 2010
Adelaide midfielder Bernie Vince has had knee surgery and will not resume running for two months.

"All went well. I'm not running for two months though which will put me behind the eight ball a bit with pre-season, but I'll be sure to catch up quickly," Vince said.

Friday, 2 July 2010
Adelaide midfielder Bernie Vince says he will use his recent suspension as motivation to perform and improve.

"I want to show people that I deserve to be here still and that I can still perform here," Vince said.

"I did not think it was unfair. I fully accepted what the leadership group came up with. I had to explain to a lot of people it was a fair call. I knew the rules. I knew the consequences - and I have had to accept them."

Friday, 25 June 2010
Crows coach Neil Craig says Bernie Vince will be playing on an injured ankle for the rest of the season.

"That (ankle) won't be 100 per cent for the rest of the year but it's good enough to perform on," Craig said.

"If we had to wait for 100 per cent, he wouldn't play for the rest of the year, ankles tend to be like that. But he's doing all the training, and training at the level we want him to play at."

Sunday, 23 May 2010
Adelaide coach Neil Craig has praised the decision to suspend three players in Graham Johncock, Bernie Vince and Matthew Jaensch for misbehaviour after the team rallied to beat Brisbane for just their second win this year.

"It'll be their choice now about the decisions they make, in terms of challenging the standards of our footy club irrespective of the results we're getting," he said.

"It's pretty clear what will happen at our footy club if you challenge them. Now, it's back to them for a response."

Tuesday, 18 May 2010
Bernie Vince says he is disappointed at having failed to meet team guidelines which led to his latest suspension.

"I feel like a dog for doing it," Vince said about having spent a late night out in Melbourne after a loss to the Kangaroos.

"There are guidelines about how you prepare for the next game. We know they are there. We set them up as a group - and we need to stick to them. We didn't stick to them - and that's not the right thing to do when you are 1-7."

Monday, 17 May 2010
Adelaide has revealed the reasons behind the suspensions of Bernie Vince, Matthew Jaensch and Graham Johncock.

Vince and Jaensch are said to have stayed out "beyond a reasonable time" following the Crows' loss to North Melbourne in Melbourne.

Johncock has been penalized for failing to attend a recovery session while recuperating from a shoulder injury.

"It would've been very easy for the leadership group to know that information and to sweep it under the carpet," Crows assistant coach David Noble said.

"At 1-7 we thought it was a very courageous and honest decision from the leadership group to come to us and say, 'these standards aren't what we're about'."

Bernie Vince, Matthew Jaensch and Graham Johncock have been handed a club suspension by the Crows senior leadership group for failing to meet "training and preparation standards".
Wednesday, 5 May 2010
Adelaide's Bernie Vince says he is starting to get tagged a lot more this year after a stellar 2009.

"Being tagged is something I haven't had to deal with in the past too much, but I'm starting to get used to it. I'm finding different ways to handle it and ways to still have an impact in the game," Vince said.

"It's not all about you when you're getting tagged and it's not just about getting a heap of the footy. It's also about doing the little things that a lot of people don't notice from the outside."

Vince says captain and mentor Simon Goodwin has been instrumental in helping him deal with taggers this season.

"I still work pretty closely with Goody and he was the main driver behind that tagging practice over the pre-season. Sometimes it would be him that would come and tag me," he said.

"He'd act like a tagger; hang on to me and annoy the hell out of me, but I've certainly developed some good tools from what he's taught me."

Friday, 2 October 2009
Adelaide best-and-fairest Bernie Vince says a helping hand from skipper Simon Goodwin prevented him from making an early AFL exit.

"Simon's been a great influence on my career. I was just cruising through the system a little bit in my first couple of years and I put almost everything I've achieved over the past couple of years down to what Simon Goodwin has done for me," Vince said.

"He got me out and made me train. Once he did that and said he believed in me I started to believe in myself. If it wasn't for Simon there's every chance I would've been out of the system and back home playing for Stansbury."

Adelaide's club champion went down to the wire, with Bernie Vince eventually taking the prize and winning his first gold jacket and Malcolm Blight medal as the Crows' best and fairest for 2009 just ahead of runner-up Jason Porplyzia.
Kurt Tippett signs three-year contract extension with Adelaide to stave off overtures from the Gold Coast while veterans Brett Burton, Andrew McLeod, Simon Goodwin and Tyson Edwards re-sign to play on for one year.

The re-signings were announced at the club's 2009 best and fairest awards with club champion Bernie Vince saying he was always confident of Tippett staying.

"I was in Kurt's ear every day for him to stay. It came down to his decision, but I always had faith he would stay," Vince said.

"He gets on really well with everyone here and I even told people back home [in Stansbury] that I'd be really surprised if he left at any stage."

Monday, 31 August 2009
Adelaide midfielder Bernie Vince has become an elite performer, skipper Simon Goodwin says.

""Bernie's got enormous talent and what he has developed in his game is an unbelievable training ethic. He's developed into an elite player and it's been great to watch his development," Goodwin said.

"He's made some big sacrifices. He had a decision to make a couple of years ago about the work required to be a top AFL footballer and had made the decision that he wanted to do the hard work."

Adelaide coach Neil Craig says Vince's development is largely due to being mentored by Goodwin himself.

"A lot of that recognition goes to Simon for his mentoring. A lot of what you're seeing in Bernie Vince at the moment is very similar to the way Simon Goodwin plays his footy," Craig said.

"I think Bernie's been very lucky to be in an environment where he's had access to a Simon Goodwin."

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