Travis Boak (born 1 August 1988) is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Port Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League (AFL). Boak captained the club from 2013 to 2018, and is a dual All-Australian and dual John Cahill Medallist. He received a nomination for the 2007 AFL Rising Star award in round 19 of the 2007 season.
Boak playing for Port Adelaide in 2018
|Full name||Travis Boak|
|Date of birth||1 August 1988|
|Place of birth||Geelong, Victoria|
|Original team(s)||Geelong Falcons (TAC Cup)|
|Draft||No. 5, 2006 national draft|
Round 12, 2007, Port Adelaide|
vs. Essendon, at AAMI Stadium
|Height||184 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||85 kg (187 lb)|
|Current club||Port Adelaide|
|2007–||Port Adelaide||264 (171)|
|International team honours|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of the 2019 season.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2017.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Boak was Port Adelaide's first selection and fifth overall in the 2006 AFL draft from the Geelong Falcons in the TAC Cup. He 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.
At the start of 2008, Boak picked up where he left off, playing a greater role in the Port Adelaide midfield alongside senior players such as Domenic Cassisi, Kane Cornes and Shaun Burgoyne. He played in 17 games and averaged 20.1 disposals. Boak continued to improve in 2009 winning the Gavin Wanganeen Medal and averaging 23.7 disposals for the season.
The 2010 season was Boak's best season to date with a career best 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 became the first-tagged player in the Port Adelaide midfield and finished the season with 16 Brownlow votes.
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 since 1893.
For the 2013 season, Boak was announced as the captain of the club, therefore replacing his number 10 guernsey with number 1, in accordance with Port Adelaide tradition. 2013 was considered to be Boak's best AFL season up to that point, with an average of 25.3 disposals a game, and kicking a season best of 20 goals. He was named in the 2013 All-Australian team. In 2014, Boak continued where he left off from 2013, averaging a career best 26.6 disposals a game and tolling a season best 21 Brownlow votes to finish equal 4th. He was named in the 2014 All-Australian team, his second consecutive selection.
Boak shifted between the midfield and half-forward over the following few seasons. In 2019, after stepping down from the captaincy at the end of the previous season, Boak made a permanent shift back to the midfield, enjoying career-best numbers. He played his 250th match in the Power's loss to Collingwood in round 7, becoming the fourth player to notch up 250 AFL matches for the club.
|Totals||Averages (per game)|
Honours and achievements
- Port Adelaide captain: 2013–2018
- 2× All-Australian team: 2013, 2014
- 2× John Cahill Medal: 2011, 2019
- 2× Australian representative honours in international rules football: 2014, 2017
- Showdown Medal: 2013 (round 3)
- 3× Peter Badcoe VC Medal: 2014, 2015, 2019
- Gavin Wanganeen Medal: 2009
- AFL Rising Star nominee: 2007
- "Historic Tie in Medal". Port Adelaide. 16 September 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2010.
- "Boak to lead new era at Port Adelaide". 30 January 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
- Gaskin, Lee (26 April 2019). "The masterstroke that has Power veteran in Brownlow mix". afl.com.au. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
- Gaskin, Lee (1 May 2019). "Boak relishing not being Power's beast of burden". afl.com.au. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
- Guthrie, Ben (3 May 2019). "Pies win big after scintillating start renders Port powerless". afl.com.au. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
- "Travis Boak". AFL Tables. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Travis Boak.|
- Travis Boak's profile on the official website of the Port Adelaide Football Club
- Travis Boak's playing statistics from AFL Tables