Melbourne midfielder Bernie Vince has described his chaotic ordeal to get to his first game as a Demon, including being asked for his ticket by a security guard.
Vince’s first game for Melbourne was in February 2014 at Etihad Stadium.
The new recruit opted to drive to the venue with teammate Chis Dawes, who was not playing that particular game.
Speaking on Nova 100 on Thursday morning, Vince said that he was forced to get out of his vehicle and jog some of the way to the ground to the stadium due to the traffic on Flinders Street, before being stopped at the gate and asked for his ticket.
“I was driving my ute, it was a manual ute, I was with Chris Dawes and he wasn’t playing that day and I had to get out at Flinders Street,” Vince said.
“I actually ran about, in total just over a 1km, jumped on a tram, caught the tram for a bit, got a breather, started running again.”
Once making his way inside the stadium, he then found he had entered through the wrong gate and was forced to run across the oval to join his teammates, who were seconds away from running out onto the ground.
“(I) came in the wrong side, we were in the southern changerooms, I came in the Northern side. They asked me for my ticket at the gate, I said, ‘Mate, I’m playing,’ he said, ‘We’ve got to do a bag check’. I said, ‘Mate, don’t have time for this,” Vince said.
“(I) had to run across the oval. The boys were all in their gear about to run out, I rang Roosy about three times, he said you can’t do anything about it, just get here when you get here.”
Despite the difficult start to his Melbourne career, Vince went on to record an impressive 32 disposal game, as the Demons defeated Richmond 1.13.1 (98) to 1.10.15 (84).