Bernie Vince of the Demons grapples with Dayne Zorko of the Lions.
Bernie Vince of the Demons grapples with Dayne Zorko of the Lions. TRACEY NEARMY

Mum lays down law to Bernie Vince over suspensions

MELBOURNE'S Bernie Vince has revealed his parents no longer book flights to his games well ahead of time, due to his recent suspensions.

Vince has been suspended twice this year already - and copped a fine for a clash with Dayne Beams just last weekend.

The former Crow hails from Adelaide, with his family still living in South Australia, and admitted his parents had previously had to cancel flights after he'd received bans.

The veteran Demon said ahead of his team's final-round clash with Collingwood, his mum had told him not to get suspended again, in case he missed a potential final.

"My mum actually told me that this week too, she actually asked (me not to get suspended)," Vince told Nova 100's Chrissie, Sam and Browny on Friday.

"They don't book flights now - they used to book flights a couple of months out, when they'd get the cheap flights.

"That's cost them - that's cost them twice this year. They'll wait until Tuesday (to book) this week."

The Demon has a prominent recent history with the Match Review Panel.

Vince received a one-match ban for striking St Kilda's Nathan Wright in round one and later said on radio that he'd actually meant to hit another player.

The Demon also copped a two-week suspension for elbowing Adelaide's Eddie Betts in round 17 and received a fine for a front-on bump on Richard Douglas in the same game.

Vince also said his parents had once come to Melbourne for the weekend despite their son sitting on the sidelines, after deciding not to cancel their flights.

"I probably should (reimburse them) - they cancelled twice and one weekend they came when I didn't play," he said.

"They were like 'we can't cancel again, we're just going to come anyway'."

Melbourne will book a spot in the finals for the first time since 2006 with a win over Collingwood.

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