Neville Bruns

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Neville Bruns
Personal information
Date of birth (1958-10-03) 3 October 1958 (age 58)
Original team(s) Leitchville
Debut Round 7: 13 May 1978, Geelong
vs. Melbourne, at VFL Park
Height / weight 176cm / 77kg
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1978–1992 Geelong 223 (174)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1992.
Sources: AFL Tables,

Neville Bruns (born 3 October 1958) is a former Australian rules footballer in the Victorian/Australian Football League for Geelong Football Club.[1][2] He wore the number 19 during his tenure at the club and played often in the wing and rover positions. From 1978–1992 he played 223 games (including the 1989 and 1992 Grand Finals) and kicked 174 goals. He received a total of 33 Brownlow votes in his career.

In 1985, Leigh Matthews infamously king hit Bruns and broke his jaw. Although no reports were made at the time, the Victorian Football League (VFL) Commissioners subsequently investigated the incident, found Matthews to be responsible and deregistered him for four weeks. Matthews then faced a criminal charge of assault, to which he pleaded guilty, and was fined $1,000. This resulted in much debate over the role of the police in sporting incidents.[3]

Neville Bruns formerly worked as the Victorian State Manager for Sportsco and is now the National Operations Manager for an Australian trade and industrial tool retailer.

Neville Bruns also worked as a teacher in the 1980s. He was a teacher at Mossfiel Primary School from 1981.


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