Travis Boak

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Travis Boak
Personal information
Full name Travis Boak
Date of birth (1988-08-01) 1 August 1988 (age 25)
Original team Geelong Falcons (TAC Cup)
Draft #5, 2006 National Draft, Port Adelaide
Height/Weight 183cm / 83kg
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current club Port Adelaide
Number 1
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2007– Port Adelaide 139 (79)
1 Playing statistics correct to end of 2013 season.
Career highlights

Travis Boak (born 1 August 1988) is an Australian rules footballer and the current captain of the Port Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). He was Port Adelaide's first selection and fifth overall in the 2006 AFL Draft from the Geelong Falcons in the TAC Cup.

AFL career[edit]

Boak made his AFL debut in a 31 point victory in Round 12, 2007 against Essendon. Boak continued to rise since his debut, having 23 possessions against the Western Bulldogs in only his third match. The following week, against Richmond, Boak kicked his first ever AFL goal. Boak's greatest individual achievement came in Round 19, 2007 against Carlton when he earned a NAB Rising Star nomination for his 28 possessions and 2 goals. Boak's first season of AFL football was also memorable in the fact that he was part of the Port Adelaide team which competed in the 2007 AFL Grand Final against Geelong. Unfortunately for Boak, he was unable to become a Premiership player in his first season of AFL football as Port Adelaide were convincingly beaten in the Grand Final. He finished the year ranking third in rising star nominations in handballs.

2008[edit]

At the start of 2008, Boak picked up where he left off, playing a greater role in the Power midfield alongside senior players such as Domenic Cassisi, Kane Cornes and Shaun Burgoyne. He played in 17 games and averaged 20.1 disposals.

2009[edit]

Boak continued to improve in 2009 winning the Gavin Wanganeen Medal and averaging 23.7 disposals for the season. In round 18 against Hawthorn, Boak totaled a career high of 35 possessions in the Power's win.

2010[edit]

Boak re-committed to the Power midway through the season and continued to show just how good he could be with a high average of 23 possessions per game. His season ended with a flourish when he kicked three goals in each of the final two rounds. He also adapted to being the first-tagged player in the Port Adelaide midfield but his form seemed to improve with the pressure and he finished the season with 16 Brownlow votes.

2011[edit]

The 2011 season saw Boak play in 21 games and leading club in disposals (458), clearances (79) and inside 50s (85). He along with Jackson Trengove were jointly crowned the John Cahill Medallist, the first time that there had been a tie at the club's best and fairest award.[1]

2012[edit]

Travis Boak has had massive wraps on him even before Port Adelaide recruited him with pick 5 in the 2006 National Draft, that culminated in him finishing 10th in the Brownlow Medal count in 2010. After receiving heavy tags throughout the last few years as arguably Port’s best and most important midfielder, it was hoped that Boak could break out in 2012 to move into the elite class of midfielders. Although not a prolific ball-winner in terms of numbers over his career (Boak had fewer than 20 possessions 4 times in 2012) his season was highlighted with 31 and 32 disposals against two of the best midfields in the competition in Collingwood and Hawthorn, respectively. Although against relatively weaker opposition in the Gold Coast, Boak led the way for Port with a 28 possession 3 goal effort where he demonstrated how dangerous he can be if left unchecked in clearance situations.

It was later revealed that Boak had been fighting with plantar fasciitis, which he had surgery to repair following the round 10 win over Carlton. Boak missed 4 weeks due to the surgery, but came back strong averaging a little over 25 possessions, an extra tackle per match and kicking a further 5 goals for the remaining 8 games of the season. While not quite living up to his potential in 2012, Boak averaged a respectable 23.6 disposals, 3.7 tackles and kicking 9 goals and also averaged 5.4 inside 50’s per game which was 4th best in the league in 2012.

After much talk in 2012 of Boak moving back to his native Victoria at the end of the season, it was announced shortly after Port’s final game of the year that Travis Boak had re-signed with Port Adelaide.[2]

2013[edit]

For the 2013 season, Boak was announced as the captain of the club, therefore replacing his number #10 guernsey with #1 as is the Port Adelaide tradition.[3] 2013 is considered to be Boak's best AFL season so far, with a career best average of 25.3 disposals a game, and kicking a season best of 20 goals. He was named in the 2013 All-Australian team.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Historic Tie in Medal". Port Adelaide. 16 September 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Travis Boak signs new two-year deal with Port Adelaide". 6 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Boak to lead new era at Port Adelaide". 30 January 2013. Retrieved August 16, 2013. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Domenic Cassisi
Port Adelaide Football Club captain
2013-present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Awards
Preceded by
Kane Cornes
Port Adelaide Best and Fairest
2011
tied with Jackson Trengove
Succeeded by
Kane Cornes