Nathan van Berlo

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Nathan van Berlo
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Nathan van Berlo
Personal information
Full name Nathan van Berlo
Nickname(s) VB
Date of birth (1986-06-06) 6 June 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Perth, Western Australia
Original team Whitford
West Perth (WAFL)
Draft #24, 2004 National Draft, Adelaide
Debut Round 3, 2005, Adelaide
v. Port Adelaide, at AAMI Stadium
Height/Weight 184 cm (6 ft 0 in) / 82 kg (12 st 13 lb)
Position(s) Midfielder, tagger, small defender
Club information
Current club Adelaide
Number 7
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2005– Adelaide 185 (65)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of Round 3, 2015 season.
Career highlights

Nathan van Berlo (born 6 June 1986) is a professional Australian rules football player who plays for the Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was drafted by the club with pick #24 in the 2004 National Draft. He was the captain of the Adelaide Football Club from 2011 until 2014.

AFL career[edit]

Van Berlo made his debut in 2005 aged just 18, playing 11 games in the season and averaging just over seven disposals a game. He became a regular the following season, missing five matches due to a broken collarbone but returning to play out the season. In 2007, van Berlo cemented a place in the starting 22, averaging 19 disposals per game and coming equal seventh in the club Best and Fairest. By this stage van Berlo was a regular performer in Adelaide's young midfield noted for his high fitness level.

After the retirement of Simon Goodwin at the end of the 2010 season, van Berlo was selected to become the captain of the club from the 2011 season.[1] He performed solidly in his first year as captain, finishing second in the Malcolm Blight Medal playing in defence and in the midfield. In 2012 he spent most of the season as a tagger, laying more tackles than anyone else at the club while also still ranking fifth at Adelaide for total disposals. He reprised this role in 2013, shutting down some of the competition's most dangerous players such as Brent Harvey and Stephen Hill.[2]

Van Berlo ruptured his right Achilles tendon in a freak training accident prior to the 2014 season.[3] This meant he missed the entire season, although he came close to making a miraculous return in the last few weeks of the season.[2] In January 2015, van Berlo was replaced as captain by Taylor Walker.[4] He remains part of the club's leadership group.[2]

Statistics[edit]

Statistics are correct to end of Round 3, 2015 season.[5]
Season Team # Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T
Totals Averages (per game)
2005 Adelaide 7 11 1 2 44 28 72 20 11 0.09 0.18 4.00 2.55 6.55 1.82 1.00
2006 Adelaide 7 19 5 5 143 110 253 58 44 0.26 0.26 7.53 5.79 13.32 3.05 2.32
2007 Adelaide 7 23 7 12 219 215 434 98 75 0.30 0.52 9.52 9.35 18.87 4.26 3.26
2008 Adelaide 7 23 8 12 234 251 485 110 83 0.35 0.52 10.17 10.91 21.09 4.78 3.61
2009 Adelaide 7 21 5 5 164 292 456 104 61 0.24 0.24 7.81 13.90 21.71 4.95 2.90
2010 Adelaide 7 19 5 4 182 205 387 110 62 0.26 0.21 9.58 10.79 20.37 5.79 3.26
2011 Adelaide 7 22 12 12 282 236 518 126 76 0.55 0.55 12.82 10.73 23.55 5.73 3.45
2012 Adelaide 7 25 13 11 293 162 455 105 126 0.52 0.44 11.72 6.48 18.20 4.20 5.04
2013 Adelaide 7 19 8 9 209 114 323 69 62 0.42 0.47 11.00 6.00 17.00 3.63 3.26
2015 Adelaide 7 3 1 0 26 15 41 12 20 0.33 0.00 8.67 5.00 13.67 4.00 6.67
Career 185 65 72 1796 1628 3424 812 620 0.35 0.39 9.71 8.80 18.51 4.39 3.35
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paton, Al (8 December 2010). "Nathan van Berlo to captain Adelaide Crows". Herald Sun. Retrieved 8 December 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Nathan van Berlo - AFC.com.au". 
  3. ^ MORGAN, Kym (19 January 2014). "Crows captain Nathan van Berlo's ruptured Achilles tendon likely a freak accident, club says". Herald Sun. 
  4. ^ "Crows name Tex Walker as captain". afl.com.au. Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Nathan van Berlo statistics". AFL Tables. Retrieved 23 April 2015. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Simon Goodwin
Captain of Adelaide F.C.
2011–2014
Succeeded by
Taylor Walker