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Travis
Boak

Captain

Height
183 cm
DOB
01-08-1988
Weight
83 kg
Debut
2007
Games
2015
3
Career
158
Goals
2015
1
Career
94
2015 AFL Fantasy Points
Total
254
Avg
85
TravisBoak

Player Bio

At a Glance

Junior Clubs: Torquay
Clubs: Port Adelaide (2006 National Draft, pick 5)
Debut: R12, 2007
Recruited from: Geelong Falcons

Port Adelaide's captain and marquee player, Boak is a former John Cahill Medallist and  one of its highest-rated talents. The captain enjoyed another brilliant season in 2014, again gaining All-Australian selection and finishing runner-up in the Power’s best and fairest. He polled a career-high 21 votes at the Brownlow Medal, enough to finish in equal fourth place. Highlighting his extreme work ethic to not only win the contested ball but also find outside possession, Boak led the club in handballs (378) and inside 50s (116) and was second in hard-ball (108) and loose-ball (93) gets.

Background

  • Boak was drafted to Port Adelaide from the Geelong Falcons with pick 5 in the 2006 National Draft.

Season by season

Season by season

Boak confirmed his status as one of the elite midfielders in the AFL with another standout year in 2014. 

He regularly stood up in big games, including the elimination final (34 disposals, 12 clearances) and the preliminary final (33 disposals, 1 goal) and was rewarded with a second consecutive All-Australian selection and also finished equal fourth in the Brownlow Medal.

  • After much speculation about Boak leaving Alberton at the end of 2012, the talented midfielder committed to the Power in September and was handed the captaincy in January.
  • Being captain certainly agreed with Boak. He enjoyed a career-best year in 2013, leading from the front as Port Adelaide produced a stunning turn-around in form to play finals football for the first time since 2007. The skipper stood tall whenever his team needed him, with influential goals and touches in both Showdown wins as well as best on ground performances against Brisbane and Gold Coast.
  • Boak recorded career-bests in possessions, goals, inside-50s and clearances and was recognised for his outstanding year with his first All-Australian selection.
  • Boak shrugged constant tags to have a solid season in the black, white and teal. Despite missing three games following foot surgery, he regularly featured in the club’s best players and polled well at best and fairest and Brownlow nights.
  • Despite much hype over contract negotiations involving the Power and other clubs, Boak committed to a two-year extension at Alberton which will see him through to the end of the 2014 season.
  • His neat skills and ball winning ability proved as good as ever despite playing through a foot complaint for the first ten rounds.

 

  • “Boaky” had a great year after a slow start with injury which prevented him from undertaking a ‘normal’ pre-season track campaign typical of a key midfielder.
  • His strong performance all year led to him being announced as a joint-winner of the John Cahill Medal and led the club in numerous important statistics including possessions, inside 50s and clearances.
  • He can win the ball as an inside player and hurt the opposition with his skilful run-and-carry and showed these abilities throughout the year.

 

  • 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.

Stats

By the numbers

  • 2015 Season Average
    Games Played 3
    • Kicks 8.3
    • Handballs 14.7
    • Disposals 23.0
    • Marks 4.7
    • Hit-Outs 0.3
    • Tackles 4.0
    • Goals 0.3
    • AFL Fantasy 84.7

2015 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 13 Fremantle Rd 1
Handballs 18 Sydney Swans Rd 2
Disposals 25 Fremantle Rd 1
Marks 10 Fremantle Rd 1
Hit-outs 1 North Melbourne Rd 3
Tackles 5 Fremantle Rd 1
Goals 1 Fremantle Rd 1
AFL Fantasy 115 Fremantle Rd 1

2015 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1 Fremantle L 75 - 68 13 12 25 10 0 1 2 5 1 1 115
2 Sydney Swans L 44 - 92 2 18 20 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 61
3 North Melbourne W 105 - 113 10 14 24 3 1 1 1 3 0 0 78
4 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Adelaide Crows - - - - - - - - - - -
6 West Coast Eagles - - - - - - - - - - -
7 Brisbane Lions - - - - - - - - - - -
8 Richmond - - - - - - - - - - -
9 Melbourne - - - - - - - - - - -
10 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
11 Geelong Cats - - - - - - - - - - -
12 Carlton - - - - - - - - - - -
14 Sydney Swans - - - - - - - - - - -
15 Collingwood - - - - - - - - - - -
16 Adelaide Crows - - - - - - - - - - -
17 Essendon - - - - - - - - - - -
18 St Kilda - - - - - - - - - - -
19 Western Bulldogs - - - - - - - - - - -
20 GWS Giants - - - - - - - - - - -
21 Hawthorn - - - - - - - - - - -
22 Gold Coast Suns - - - - - - - - - - -
23 Fremantle - - - - - - - - - - -
TOTAL W: 1 - L: 2 25 44 69 14 1 2 3 12 1 1 254

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 158
    • Kicks 11.4
    • Handballs 11.4
    • Disposals 22.8
    • Marks 3.9
    • Hit-Outs 0.0
    • Tackles 4.2
    • Goals 0.6
    • AFL Fantasy 87.5

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 23 Collingwood Rd 20, 2011
Handballs 28 Brisbane Lions Rd 4, 2014
Disposals 41 Brisbane Lions Rd 4, 2014
Marks 10 Fremantle Rd 1, 2015
Hit-outs 1 North Melbourne Rd 3, 2015
Tackles 11 Hawthorn Rd 11, 2010
Goals 3 Gold Coast Suns Rd 21, 2013
AFL Fantasy 152 Gold Coast Suns Rd 21, 2013

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
2015 Port Adelaide 25 44 69 14 1 2 3 12 1 1 254
2014 Port Adelaide 266 378 644 88 1 26 19 92 19 6 2276
2013 Port Adelaide 315 266 581 99 1 28 16 96 20 13 2272
2012 Port Adelaide 239 187 426 47 0 23 25 66 9 11 1509
2011 Port Adelaide 236 222 458 76 0 23 21 98 12 6 1810
2010 Port Adelaide 247 207 454 70 1 26 25 121 13 12 1891
2009 Port Adelaide 223 204 427 81 2 16 18 73 7 5 1623
2008 Port Adelaide 175 167 342 88 0 18 13 64 9 4 1416
2007 Port Adelaide 101 124 225 51 0 6 13 38 4 3 850

Legend

K
Kicks
H
Handballs
D
Disposals
M
Marks
HO
Hit-outs
FF
Frees For
FA
Frees Against
T
Tackles
G
Goals
B
Behinds
AF
AFL Fantasy points

Milestones

Draft history
2006 National Draft, Pick 5 – Port Adelaide

Recruited from
Geelong Falcons

Previous Clubs
Geelong Falcons

Junior Club
Torquay

AFL Debut
Rd 12, 2007 v Essendon

PAFC (AFL) cap number
102

Games and goals

50 AFL games
Rd 1, 2010 v North Melbourne

100 AFL games
Rd 10, 2012 v Fremantle

150 AFL games
Rd 21, 2014 v Gold Coast

50 goals
Rd 15, 2012 v Adelaide

Awards

AFL Awards

Peter Badcoe VC Medal
2014

Showdown Medal
2013 (Showdown XXXIV)

All-Australian
2013, 2014

International Rules
1 cap - 2014 test v Ireland, Perth

Brownlow Medal (end of 2014)
67 votes

NAB Rising Star
2007 - Rd 19 nominee

Club Awards

John Cahill Medal (Best and Fairest)
Winner:
2011
Runner-up: 2013, 2014

Fos Williams Medal
2013, 2014

Gavin Wanganeen Medal
2009

Most Improved Player
2008

Leading disposals
2014

Q&A

What's the one thing you'd say you're an expert on?
Sleeping

If you worked in any other department at the club, what job would you do?
Player Development

If you could choose to have any name that wasn't your own, what would you call yourself?
Roger

Most difficult rule in footy to understand?
Holding the ball

Who is your hero/role model?
My dad

First number you wore in footy
5

Currently/want to study
Real estate

Last thing I cooked was
Pasta

Dream job away from footy
Professional surfer

On a free day in-season I'll be
 Surfing

What's in your footy bag/locker?
Shoes, mouthguard and asthma puffer

When are you most relaxed?
When I'm surfing or having a nap

If you were an animal, what animal would you be?
Tiger

BBQ or Tomato Sauce on a pizza?
Tomato

Do you think aliens exist?
Yes

Score review - Keep or ditch?
Keep

Chocolate milk or iced coffee?
Chocolate milk

Seinfeld or Friends
Friends

Which team did you support growing up?
Carlton

Which team do you love to play against the most?
Adelaide

Favourite date place in Adelaide
The beach

Favourite motivation music
Hip hop

What non-Australian Football Sports do you follow, which are your favourite teams?
Chicago Bulls - basketball

Favourite ground to play on?
Adelaide Oval

Favourite bit of clothing
Trackies

Favourite film
Con air

Favourite colour
Black

Favourite superhero
Captain Planet

Best restaurant in Adelaide?
The Moseley

Best thing about where you live?
Close to the beach and quiet

Funniest teammate
Hamish Hartlett

Most serious teammate
 Mathew Lobbe

Who's the biggest pest?
Kane Cornes

Teammate you couldn't live with
Kane Cornes

Which teammate would win a cagefight?
Tom Jonas

What's Kenny's favourite saying?
Do the little things