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Nathan Van Berlo News

Van Berlo aims to guide youth

In his new role as a development coach, Nathan van Berlo hopes his experience can assist the next generation of Crows

9:30am Nov 1, 2016

BCD: Baby van Berlo

Nathan van Berlo and wife Jess have welcomed a beautiful baby girl

3:46pm Sep 22, 2016

VB team-first until the end

Nathan van Berlo will leave an enduring legacy after walking off Adelaide Oval for the last time as a player

8:54pm Sep 18, 2016

Latest Player Video

VB tells the players

1:10pm  Sep 7, 2016

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Van Berlo

184 cm
83 kg
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

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Made his long-awaited comeback from an Achilles injury in Adelaide’s Round One win over North Melbourne, and was trialled in a different role across half-back. As is sometimes the case after a serious injury, van Berlo’s form dipped mid-season and he spent a few weeks in the SANFL before being recalled to the AFL side in Round 19. The respected Crow, who remains a leader around the Club, notched up his 200th game against Geelong in Round 23. Received Life Membership of the Adelaide Football Club at the 2015 Club Champion presentation. Elected by his peers to continue in Adelaide's seven-man leadership group in 2016.

Season by Season

Season by Season

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

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.


By the numbers

  • 2018 Season Average
    Games Played
    • Kicks
    • Handballs
    • Disposals
    • Marks
    • Hit-Outs
    • Tackles
    • Goals
    • AFL Fantasy

2018 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 0 - -
Handballs 0 - -
Disposals 0 - -
Marks 0 - -
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 0 - -
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 0 - -

2018 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
TOTAL W: 0 - L: 0

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 205
    • Kicks 9.7
    • Handballs 8.5
    • Disposals 18.2
    • Marks 4.3
    • Hit-Outs 0.3
    • Tackles 3.3
    • Goals 0.3
    • AFL Fantasy 73.5

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


Frees For
Frees Against
AFL Fantasy points


50 AFL Games: v Western Bulldogs, Round 20, 2007
100 AFL Games:
v Port Adelaide, Round Six, 2010
150 AFL Games
: v North Melbourne, Round 13, 2012
200 AFL Games: v Geelong, Round 23, 2015


Club Awards

Emerging Talent Award

Mark Bickley Award

Runner-up Club Champion

Dr Brian Sando OAM Trophy

Life Membership


AFL Awards

Showdown Medal
2011, Round 19


Nickname: VB

Best piece of advice your mother gave you: Forgive and forget

If you weren’t a footballer, what would you like to be: Pro surfer

Do you have a saying or motto that you live your life by: Be positive

If you could ask someone to be your mentor, who would it be: Richard Branson

Morning or evening person: Evening

Favourite timeslot to play in: Friday night footy

Favourite TV caller/commentator: Dennis Cometti

Worst injury: Achilles

How many text messages do you send a day: A few

Three phone apps you can’t live without: iTunes, Whats App, Real Estate

Favourite Twitter account you follow: Don’t have Twitter

Most embarrassing song in your iTunes: Shania Twain

Best concert you’ve been to: Foo Fighters

Where did you holiday after last season: Maldives

Favourite sport other than football: Surfing

What sport would you like to compete in at the 2016 Olympics: 100m sprint

Can you change a spare tyre: Yes

Do you iron your own shirts: Yes

Favourite restaurant: The Hackney Hotel

Do you believe in UFOs: No

What three items would you take to a desert island: Ligher, fishing rod, surfboard

Any special hobbies or interests: Remote control cars

Three famous people you would like to meet: Kelly Slater, Kendall Jenner, Heidi Klum

What do you have that is of great value to you, but no one else: Family