Travis Boak

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.

Travis Boak
Boak playing for Port Adelaide in 2018
Personal information
Full name Travis Boak
Date of birth (1988-08-01) 1 August 1988
Place of birth Geelong, Victoria
Original team(s) Geelong Falcons (TAC Cup)
Draft No. 5, 2006 national draft
Debut Round 12, 2007, Port Adelaide
vs. Essendon, at AAMI Stadium
Height 184 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 85 kg (187 lb)
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current club Port Adelaide
Number 10
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
2007– Port Adelaide 264 (171)
International team honours
Years Team Games (Goals)
2014– Australia 3 (0)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of the 2019 season.
2 State and international statistics correct as of 2017.
Career highlights
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

AFL career

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.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3][4] 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.[5]

Statistics

Statistics are correct to the end of the 2019 season.[6]
Legend
 G  Goals  B  Behinds  K  Kicks  H  Handballs  D  Disposals  M  Marks  T  Tackles
Season Team No. Games G B K H D M T G B K H D M T Votes
Totals Averages (per game)
2007 Port Adelaide 10144310112422551380.30.27.28.916.13.62.70
2008 Port Adelaide 10179417516734288640.50.210.39.820.15.23.82
2009 Port Adelaide 10187522320442781730.40.312.411.323.74.54.15
2010 Port Adelaide 10201312247207454701220.70.612.410.422.73.56.116
2011 Port Adelaide 102112623622245876980.60.311.210.621.83.64.74
2012 Port Adelaide 101891123918642547660.50.613.310.323.62.63.76
2013 Port Adelaide 123201331526658199960.90.613.711.625.34.34.213
2014 Port Adelaide 12419626637864488920.80.311.115.826.83.73.821
2015 Port Adelaide 1221314252310562701200.60.611.514.125.63.25.516
2016 Port Adelaide 1221710252274526681030.80.511.512.523.93.14.77
2017 Port Adelaide 1221913227268495105990.90.610.312.822.54.84.510
2018 Port Adelaide 122191323824348186940.90.610.811.121.93.94.32
2019 Port Adelaide 10211013306331637701020.50.614.615.830.33.34.916
Career 264 171 123 3077 3180 6257 999 1167 0.6 0.5 11.7 12.0 23.7 3.8 4.4 118

Honours and achievements

Individual

References

  1. "Historic Tie in Medal". Port Adelaide. 16 September 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2010.
  2. "Boak to lead new era at Port Adelaide". 30 January 2013. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
  3. Gaskin, Lee (26 April 2019). "The masterstroke that has Power veteran in Brownlow mix". afl.com.au. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  4. Gaskin, Lee (1 May 2019). "Boak relishing not being Power's beast of burden". afl.com.au. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  5. Guthrie, Ben (3 May 2019). "Pies win big after scintillating start renders Port powerless". afl.com.au. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  6. "Travis Boak". AFL Tables. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
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