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VB's second coming

Nathan van Berlo's return to the AFL last Sunday reminded him of his debut game a decade ago

2:06pm Apr 9, 2015

CROWfiles: Nathan van Berlo

Find out what makes Nathan van Berlo tick following his long-awaited return in the NAB Challenge

7:30am Mar 5, 2015

Nervy Nath rapt to be back

Nathan van Berlo admits to suffering a bout of pre-game nerves ahead of his long-awaited comeback

10:52pm Mar 1, 2015

Latest Player Video

van Berlo happy to be back

1:52pm  Apr 9, 2015

Van Berlo post-match: NAB 1

9:52pm  Mar 1, 2015

Senior List

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Nathan
van Berlo

Height
184 cm
DOB
06-06-1986
Weight
82 kg
Debut
2005
Games
2015
3
Career
185
Goals
2015
1
Career
65
2015 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
228
Avg
76
Nathanvan Berlo

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Whitford (WA)
Clubs: Adelaide
Debut: v Port Adelaide, Round 3, 2005
Recruited from: West Perth (WA)
Brownlow Votes: 17

The hard-running Crow’s season was over before it began after he ruptured his right Achilles tendon in a freak accident at pre-season training. Van Berlo required surgery to repair the damage and was confined to a moon boot for three months. The ultra-professional midfielder gradually increased his training load over a period of seven months, falling just a few weeks short of a remarkable return to the playing field late in the season. Received the Dr Brian Sando OAM Trophy for his dedication to training and rehabilitation. A member of the six-man leadership group for Season 2015.

Season by Season

Season by Season

The captain was used in a variety of roles throughout in 2013. His run of 68 consecutive games came to an end in Round Four because of a leg injury, which cost him three matches. Van Berlo’s best performances of the year came when he played his accustomed run-with role, with the hard-working midfielder claiming the scalps of players like Brent Harvey and Stephen Hill. Signed a contract extension, tying him to Adelaide until 2016.

Season by Season

The skipper returned to his former role as a run-with midfielder in 2012 and succeeded in nullifying some of the game’s most damaging players. Van Berlo laid more tackles than any other Crow (126), ranked 14th in the AFL and finished fifth at the Club in total disposals (455). He also kicked 13 goals, including clutch goals against Essendon and also Hawthorn in the Preliminary Final. Notched up his 150th game against North Melbourne in Round 13.

Season by Season

Van Berlo set a strong example in a difficult first year as captain, finishing runner-up to Scott Thompson in the best and fairest award. The hard-working onballer was used at half-back in the middle part of the season, but played his best football when restored to the midfield in the latter rounds. He made a stand in the first match following long-serving coach Neil Craig’s resignation, claiming the Showdown Medal for best on ground against Port Adelaide in Round 19.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2015 Season Average
    Games Played 3
    • Kicks 8.7
    • Handballs 5.0
    • Disposals 13.7
    • Marks 4.0
    • Hit-Outs 0.3
    • Tackles 6.7
    • Goals 0.3
    • AFL Fantasy 76.0

2015 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 11 Collingwood Rd 2
Handballs 7 North Melbourne Rd 1
Disposals 17 North Melbourne Rd 1
Marks 6 Collingwood Rd 2
Hit-outs 1 Melbourne Rd 3
Tackles 8 Melbourne Rd 3
Goals 1 Collingwood Rd 2
AFL Fantasy 95 Collingwood Rd 2

2015 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 North Melbourne W 140 - 63 10 7 17 4 0 1 1 4 0 0 70
2 Collingwood W 63 - 90 11 4 15 6 0 1 1 8 1 0 95
3 Melbourne W 80 - 55 5 4 9 2 1 1 0 8 0 0 63
4 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
6 Gold Coast Suns - - - - - - - - - - -
7 St Kilda - - - - - - - - - - -
8 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Fremantle - - - - - - - - - - -
10 Carlton - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
13 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
15 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Port Adelaide - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Gold Coast Suns - - - - - - - - - - -
18 Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Richmond - - - - - - - - - - -
20 Essendon - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
22 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 3 - L: 0 26 15 41 12 1 3 2 20 1 0 228

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 185
    • Kicks 9.5
    • Handballs 8.8
    • Disposals 18.3
    • Marks 4.4
    • Hit-Outs 0.4
    • Tackles 3.4
    • Goals 0.4
    • AFL Fantasy 74.0

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 20 GWS Giants Rd 4, 2012
Handballs 26 West Coast Eagles Rd 21, 2009
Disposals 40 Carlton Rd 18, 2008
Marks 12 Geelong Cats Rd 11, 2007
Hit-outs 6 Geelong Cats Rd 11, 2007
Tackles 13 Collingwood Rd 9, 2012
Goals 2 Gold Coast Suns Rd 23, 2012
AFL Fantasy 146 Carlton Rd 18, 2008

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2015 Adelaide Crows 26 15 41 12 1 3 2 20 1 0 228
2014 Adelaide Crows 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013 Adelaide Crows 209 114 323 69 2 19 29 62 8 9 1301
2012 Adelaide Crows 293 162 455 105 1 17 23 126 13 11 2060
2011 Adelaide Crows 282 236 518 126 12 19 19 76 12 12 2058
2010 Adelaide Crows 182 205 387 110 11 16 18 62 5 4 1541
2009 Adelaide Crows 164 292 456 104 4 14 15 61 5 5 1640
2008 Adelaide Crows 234 251 485 110 13 29 17 83 8 12 1917
2007 Adelaide Crows 219 215 434 97 20 28 17 76 7 12 1733
2006 Adelaide Crows 143 110 253 58 3 22 7 44 5 5 1038
2005 Adelaide Crows 44 28 72 20 0 5 6 11 1 2 287

Legend

K
Kicks
H
Handballs
D
Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
Behinds
AF
AFL Fantasy points

Milestones

150 AFL games: v North Melbourne, round 13, 2012

Awards

Club Awards

Dr Brian Sando OAM Trophy
2014

Runner-up Club Champion
2011

Emerging Talent Award
2005

Q&A

Your nickname: VB

One word to describe you: Snapper

Favourite player to watch growing up: Peter Matera

Who has had the most influence on your career: Parents

Toughest individual opponent: Ben Cousins

Player most likely to fall asleep in a team meeting: Jon Griffin

Thriftiest player at your club: Matt Jaensch

The next big thing at your club: Scott Thompson – just ask him!

The smartest thing you have been told: Take your medicine

If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be: On a beach far, far away

Do you have any strange phobias: Not that I know of

Your can’t-miss TV shows: Entourage, Suits and Game of Thrones

Your favourite cartoon as a kid: Marsupilami

If you had to choose another career, what would it be: Surfer

What do you normally eat for breakfast: Smoothie and toast

Your last meal would be: Hopefully a good one!

Your favourite holiday destination: SW Western Australia

In the movie of your life, you’d be played by: Trevor Snarr

What are your three essential items: Phone, wallet, keys

Most useless thing you have bought: N/A

Best subject at school: Maths

Which big ticket sporting event would you love to attend: NFL Super Bowl