Port Adelaide's games-record holder Travis Boak says he is hopeful of extending his career into an 18th season in 2024.
"This club is going in a really good direction led by Kenny and this playing group. This young group is taking this club forward and that is why I want to be a part of it. I still feel like I have plenty in the body and still have fire in the belly," Boak said.
Travis Boak will become just the second Power player to reach the 300-game milestone this week.
However, instead of running out on in front of adoring fans at the Adelaide Oval, Port will face Collingwood at an empty Marvel Stadium after South Australia went into a statewide hard lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"I'm just so grateful to play for this footy club for one game, let alone 300. I would have loved to have played in front of our fans and my family but circumstances are that we can't but I'm still very grateful to be running out there on Friday night," Boak said.
Travis Boak steps down as Port Adelaide skipper after six years in the role, making him the Power's longest serving captain thus far.
"To captain this club for six years has been a huge honour and something I'll cherish forever, but there always comes a point where it's time to hand it on and I think it's the perfect time," Boak said.
"The group's in a great place to move forward with whoever is next."
Power skipper Travis Boak will make a temporary switch to the No. 10 jumper he wore in his first six years at the Power this week.
Eight-year-old Henry Mickan, who suffers from leukaemia, will fulfill his dream when he leads the club out in the traditional Port Adelaide No.1 jumper for captains onto Adelaide Oval for the game against Greater Western Sydney.
"The tradition that the club has had for a long time is for the captain to wear the No.1 guernsey" Boak said.
"But for this weekend, it's a pretty special cause and it's all about Henry and his family and making sure we make it a special day for him."
Port Adelaide premiership player Kane Cornes believes Travis Boak may be past his prime.
"You can't question his character and his work ethic … but he's certainly not in the starting midfield, he wasn't last year, he played a lot of footy across half-forward," Cornes said.
"He's probably lost a little bit of that leg power, the penetration in his kick is probably not there, and as a forward he probably doesn't hit the scoreboard like he needs to. It's a big year for him."
Travis Boak admits that 2016 has been is his most challenging season as skipper of the Power since taking on the top job in 2013.
"It probably has been (my most challenging season), and we've been challenged a lot, and that's what happens when you're losing games of footy," Boak said.
"Your whole club gets challenged, your leadership group gets challenged, all coaches get challenged and that's the reality of footy and that's what I've faced this year as a captain and what we've faced this year as a club."
Rumours of a rift between Port Adelaide captain Travis Boak and star midfielder Hamish Hartlett are ridiculous according to Power defender Tom Jonas.
The Power have come under intense scrutiny after their stuttering 2-3 start to the season and Boak and Hartlett have had to deny speculation of a falling out as supporters search for reasons for the team's poor on-field performance.
"To be honest, it's pretty farcical and internally we're joking about it … it's that ridiculous,'' Jonas said.
''When there's pressure on and we let people down, things like that can get out of control, and that's what's happened.
"It's not so much frustrating as a little bit disappointing, that people would resort to that sort of stuff when things aren't going our way."
Hamish Hartlett is elevated to the post of stand-alone vice captain at Port Adelaide, acting as deputy to fourth-year skipper Travis Boak.
Hartlett replaced previous joint vice captains Brad Ebert and Matthew Lobbe, both of whom will remain in the leadership group.
"Since we really started playing what I would call 'Port Adelaide football' in the back half of last year, Hamish really showed the quality he can bring to our group on the field and also on the track," Power coach Ken Hinkley said.
"He has only grown further over this pre-season, and the confidence the players and coaches have in him is really shown through him becoming our vice-captain."
Power skipper Travis Boak, who was also targeted by Geelong when he came out of contract in 2012, says Adelaide's Patrick Dangerfield is set for a frustrating year in 2015 if he pays attention to the speculation about his future.
"We can say that you don't really think about it too much, but I think in Adelaide it gets talked about a fair bit," Boak said.
"It's a pretty small town and I'm sure it'll be in the paper most days over here.
"For Paddy, you've got to try and put it in the back of your mind and just go out and play footy and enjoy it."
Matt Priddis has won the 2014 Brownlow Medal, capping a fairytale story of persistence for the former mature-age rookie who was overlooked in four drafts.
Priddis, who missed selection in the 2014 All Australian team, polled 26 votes and had the medal secured after 22 rounds, polling two votes in the final round to overtake ineligible Fremantle star Nat Fyfe.
Fyfe, who was suspended twice through the season, polled 25 votes and led the vote tally between rounds 20 and 22.
He polled votes in 13 games to edge out Port Adelaide captain Travis Boak and Adelaide star Patrick Dangerfield, who entered the final round as medal chances on 21 votes each, but failed to poll.
"This doesn't sit too well with me, I'm a pretty shy kind of guy," Priddis said.
"I don't see myself with the likes of some of the Brownlow medallists of the past, so it's a little bit daunting, but something I'm obviously very proud of.
"My family have been absolutely super … I would not be standing here without their love and support. They've been absolutely amazing."
As Port Adelaide prepares to face the Tigers in an elimination final, Travis Boak is downplaying any tension between him and former teammate-turned-Richmond defender Troy Chaplin.
Chaplin's antics during the Tigers' win against the Power in round 17 had irked Boak to the point where the Power skipper suggested publicly that Chaplin pay more attention to his team's season when Richmond were, at the time, languishing in the bottom eight.
"I'm sure he'll be pretty happy with his season the way they're going," Boak said.
"It was a bit of banter after a game and it might add a little bit [of spice] externally but for us, we're just worried about getting the job done on Sunday.
Port Adelaide skipper Travis Boak is one of four players named as finalists for the 2014 Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award.
Carlton vice-captain Kade Simpson, Geelong midfielder Mathew Stokes and West Coast defender Beau Waters were also selected as finalists after being nominated for the award by their respective clubs.
Boak's work with the Childhood Cancer Association to raise awareness and funds earned him his nomination, while Simpson, an ambassador for Down Syndrome Victoria, has helped raise more than $30,000 for the organisation.
As the first Aboriginal player to be in Geelong's leadership group, Stokes was selected for his tireless work with the local and national indigenous community to promote a number of Aboriginal health initiatives.
Waters has been involved in a number of organisations over the past decade, including Cancer Council WA, where he is an ambassador, and has been the catalyst for the Eagles raising almost $1million for cancer research.
Hamish Hartlett says he is relishing the Power's improved form this year, particularly their depth in the midfield.
"The last two weeks in particular I've had a little bit of attention which has been great, it gives us the ability to free up guys like 'Boaky' (Boak) and Brad (Ebert) and other guys that run through the midfield," Hartlett said.
"If we can have a multitude of guys that are playing really well through the midfield, it makes it difficult to try and shut us all down. If they come to me, I've got no worries with that, Boaky will have a great influence and vice versa."
As he recovers from a knee reconstruction, Robbie Gray is elevated into the Power's leadership group for the first time in 2013, joining Hamish Hartlett, Jay Schulz, Jackson Trengove, vice-captain Brad Ebert and skipper Travis Boak.
"When you can't help the guys out on the field you want to maybe help out some of the younger guys and that's something I tried to do a bit last year obviously not being able to play," Gray said.
"Nothing will really change for me though, I'm still focusing on getting my body right and being back and just helping the team improving this year."
Port Adelaide players who were on holiday with John McCarthy question whether they could have prevented his death.
The players, including Brett Ebert, Travis Boak and Hamish Hartlett, were receiving grief counseling.
"I don't want the impression out there that these lads just left one of their mates to roam around," Power CEO Keith Thomas said.
"As soon as they became aware (he was on his own), they made contact with him ... Unfortunately an accident happened."
Thursday, 6 September 2012
Port Adelaide has announced it has held onto Travis Boak after the midfielder signed a contract extension that will keep him at the club until 2014 in a deal reportedly worth about $1.3 million over two years.
"I'm so relieved to have got the deal done after what has at times been a challenging year for me personally and for the club," Boak said on the club's website.
"The big decision I had to make was whether to return home to be closer to my family (in Victoria) or stay at the club I love. I've been in regular contact with my mum and sisters about my future and they've been unbelievably supportive with the decision that I've made."
Tuesday, 4 September 2012
Port Adelaide captain Dom Cassisi is confident the Power are just days away from securing Travis Boak.
"I think it's looking pretty promising from what I hear," Cassisi said.
"His leadership around the place, his professionalism, the way he trains, you can't really put a value on all the stuff he does away from game day so it'll be huge for the club."
Monday, 27 August 2012
Port Adelaide football operations manager Peter Rohde remains confident that Travis Boak will stay at the club and says talks are ongoing with Boak's manager.
"We've filled him in with the coaching and some other things that we've got planned moving forward and he's happy with where it is all at and has indicated he still wants to stay here," Rohde said.
"We haven't exactly nailed down the contract yet but we're sure we'll have it done shortly. We're as confident as we can be (that Boak will stay at Alberton) without having his signature."
Sunday, 19 August 2012
Travis Boak's manager Tom Petroro says his client has not committed to any timeline for making a decision on his future.
"I'm not going to be committed to a timeline," Petroro said.
"It's been reported during the week that I'm in discussions with Port Adelaide and that's where it's at."
Boak was a late withdrawal against the Eagles but Petroro says this has nothing to do with ongoing contract negotiations.
Travis Boak has reignited speculation over his future with the Power with a cheeky shot at his adopted state.
In the round 21 edition of the official AFL magazine, Boak said "the airport" was the place he'd recommend visiting when in South Australia.
"I think it's just Travis trying to have a bit of fun … I can't see much in it," Power interim coach Garry Hocking said.
Friday, 17 August 2012
Out-of-contract midfielder Travis Boak meets with Power heavyweights in an attempt to gauge the club's future.
The 24-year old and his manager Tom Petroro met with club CEO Keith Thomas and footy manager Peter Rohde, in a bid to determine which direction the club would take after its sacking of Matthew Primus as coach.
Wednesday, 15 August 2012
Port Adelaide coach Garry Hocking believes Travis Boak will remain with the Power rather than return home to a Victorian club.
"From what I've seen over the year, he's 100 per cent behind the playing group," Hocking told SEN's Morning Glory program.
"Even over the last few weeks, when things have got a bit tougher, he's certainly dug in as a player.
"He's been here early for training. His voice and direction out on the track and during games has been outstanding.
"I'm really getting the feeling that he could stay."
Tuesday, 7 August 2012
Geelong coach Chris Scott says the Cats have received no new information on Travis Boak's intentions in the wake of Matthew Primus' resignation despite media reports of Boak leaning towards his club.
"I would be staggered if they know more than we do, and I can categorically tell you that I am no better informed today than I was last week," Scott said.
"People shouldn't make stuff up."
Monday, 6 August 2012
Matthew Primus' departure throws the future of out-of-contract Port star Travis Boak into new doubt.
"I think any significant change requires thought," Power CEO Keith Thomas said.
"I would like to think that Boaky would understand the decision, he would understand the motivation behind those decisions; he has a love for the football club, but in the end it will be his call."
Wednesday, 25 July 2012
Port Adelaide skipper Domenic Cassisi has hinted that Travis Boak could replace him as captain in 2013.
"I obviously love the captaincy but I'm not naïve enough to think I'm going to have it forever," Cassisi told The West Australian.
"The club reassesses [the captaincy] every year and it will be no different leading into 2013. The great thing is we've got some really good leaders coming through and obviously 'Boaky' is one."
Monday, 23 July 2012
Paul Stewart has refuted reports that Travis Boak has told his teammates he is staying at the club.
"I've got no idea, me and Boaky, we're real good mates, but off the field we just try and stay clear from it," Stewart said.
"He keeps to himself Boaky…but I'm confident that [judging by] the way he's been around the club and his leadership over the last couple of weeks I can see his future being at Port Adelaide."
Saturday, 21 July 2012
Geelong president Colin Carter has defended the visit to Adelaide by key Cats figures to speak to Travis Boak.
"I don't think that's a crime and it certainly wasn't our intention. There is no way we intended disrespect to anyone, least of all to Port Adelaide," Carter said.
"The publicity was unhelpful to them and it was to us as well and we didn't intend it that way."
Friday, 20 July 2012
North Melbourne chairman James Brayshaw confirms that his club, like Geelong, also met with Port star Travis Boak to express their interest in the midfielder.
"As I understand, Travis and his manager, they only wanted to speak to two clubs, Geelong being one of them and North Melbourne being the other," Brayshaw said.
"My view is that interstate players, if they indicate that they are going to return home, then on behalf of your supporters and members, then you'd be negligent not to look at someone like Travis given all the credentials he has."
Thursday, 19 July 2012
Matthew Primus says the Cats could have been more discreet in their pursuit of Travis Boak but admits they did nothing wrong.
"It goes on, every club is talking to players and all those sorts of things," Primus said.
"The way it was done and the way they came into town…could have been a bit more discreet.
"Clubs are certainly going to well aware that you're going to be talking to certain players, especially with the free agency coming in."
Wednesday, 18 July 2012
Geelong coach Chris Scott says Port Adelaide's push for Travis Boak to quickly decide his AFL future prompted Geelong's weekend trip to Adelaide to speak to the Power midfielder.
"It would be a slightly different situation if Travis and Port Adelaide said, 'we're not going to talk about it until the end of the year,'" Scott said.
"Then we would respect that and wait until the end of the year as well. But he's being pushed to make a decision, so he needs to understand all the options."
Travis Boak says he's been "stitched up" by teammates after Brett Ebert claimed a new love interest could keep him at Port Adelaide.
"I'm single, very much single," Boak told Adelaide's Nova 91.9.
"I've been stitched up by the boys. It's been a big stitch up - and embarrassing.
"Ebo (Brett Ebert) did it in the press conference (on Monday) and (Troy) Chappy (Chaplin) did it on Twitter. And now a few of the boys here (at the club) are getting stuck into me. It's a stitch up."
Tuesday, 17 July 2012
Geelong coach Chris Scott is confident the Cats can make a deal with Port Adelaide if Travis Boak decides to return to Victoria.
"We're presenting a case for Travis to come home, be closer to his family, and play with what we think is a pretty good footy club," Scott said.
"We're not trying to steal him for nothing. If Travis decides to come, then we'll deal in good faith with Port Adelaide and present them with a deal that both clubs think is fair."
Geelong coach Chris Scott says the Cats did nothing inappropriate in talking with Port Adelaide star Travis Boak.
"Travis is considering coming home to be closer to his family, and it's important that he understands that there's a spot for him here at Geelong if he chooses to come home," Scott said.
"We didn't advertise the fact that we were talking to him, but it's no secret either. We gave him the facts as we see them, and I think he's really clear now about where he sits.
"Port Adelaide are pushing him to make a decision and we respect that, so it was important that he knew where we were coming from."
Paul Stewart re-signs with the Power for two years and says he expects teammate Travis Boak to do the same.
"I'm confident he'll stay, we're good mates and I'd be pretty upset if he left," Stewart said.
"Me, Robbie Gray and Cam O'Shea and him formed a real good bond so I think that plays a big role in it. Also his relationship with the coaches … he gets along with every single one of the coaches.
"Hopefully he makes his decision soon and puts the club at ease."
Monday, 16 July 2012
Port Adelaide has slammed Geelong's decision to meet Power star Travis Boak, calling it 'disrespectful'.
"We respect the Geelong Football Club very much, but if Matthew Primus, Domenic Cassisi and Travis Boak were to bowl into Geelong to meet with Joel Selwood, I am sure Brian Cook, his players and supporters would feel more than a little disrespected," Power CEO Keith Thomas said in a club statement.
"Subtle conversations are one thing, but arriving with shiny buttons and a brass band is quite a different matter."
Loyalty to club and teammates - and maybe a love interest - will keep Travis Boak at Port Adelaide, Brett Ebert says.
"Trav's got family over in Geelong and he's got a few ties over there but he's, I think, our most important player so we really want him here," Ebert said.
"He's got some great mates here and everyone loves him at the club, guys like Robbie Gray and Paul Stewart, his housemates, they're really close with him.
"He actually met a girl here as well, he's sort of been seeing her for a bit. I'm not really sure (if she's officially his 'girlfriend'), he keeps it pretty close to his chest but he loves Adelaide … I think he's going to stay, definitely."
Sunday, 15 July 2012
Geelong is reported to have sent a contingent including coach Chris Scott, skipper Joel Selwood and midfielder Jimmy Bartel to Adelaide to meet Travis Boak.
Monday, 9 July 2012
Jackson Trengove says he and fellow Power teammates have interrogated Travis Boak over dinner about his intentions for the future.
"We went hammer and tong at him last night with what was going on," Trengove said
"We wanted to know a little bit as well, where he sat, just for our comfort. We were up front with him last night and he was back upfront with us too … we're very happy with where he's at."
Sunday, 8 July 2012
Travis Boak says Port's poor form will have nothing to do with his decision to either stay or ask for a trade.
"I just want to play footy, get out there, help the group and get some wins and try and push for a few wins towards the end of the year," Boak said.
"I'll make my decision when I'm ready. I'll continue to talk with my family and the club and when I'm ready I'll make my decision."
Wednesday, 27 June 2012
The media reports that Melbourne have made a serious play for Travis Boak, hoping to trump Geelong's offer to the Port Adelaide midfielder should he decide to leave the Power.
Wednesday, 20 June 2012
Power coach Matthew Primus says he doesn't want Travis Boak's indecision about his playing future to drag on, and that the club wants and needs him.
"He knows where I sit - we want him here and we need him here," he said.
"He's going to play an important part of our future so he's well aware of that.
"We want to give him his time to do that, but we also don't want to allow it to drag on for another 10 or 12 weeks."
Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Cats coach Chris Scott says if Travis Boak wants to join the club, he shouldn't expect top dollar.
"We will not overpay players," he said.
"If a player comes into the Geelong footy club from another club in the AFL, they've got to fit within our pay structure.
"If anyone thinks they can come in here and get top dollar, and come in over the top of our really good players, then they probably should look elsewhere."
Friday, 15 June 2012
Out-of-contract Port Adelaide star Travis Boak heads home to Melbourne to discuss his future with his family.
"We'll sit down with him at some stage over the next month or so and see where it's at," Power coach Matthew Primus said.
"We want to get this discussed soon, but if that's three days, four days, two days, two weeks, whatever it is… these things will take some time."
Thursday, 7 June 2012
Travis Boak's manager Tom Petroro confirms there is heavy interest in the Port Adelaide midfielder from Victorian clubs but will not reveal which clubs he has spoken to.
"Trav's an outstanding young midfielder, and there's a lot of interest in him," Petroro said.
"I'm not going to comment on who I'm talking to and who I'm not talking to."
Monday, 4 June 2012
Port Adelaide midfielder Travis Boak may undergo surgery for a foot complaint, sidelining him for up to a month.
"Travis has had this foot problem on and off since the lead up to round one and in the last couple of weeks it has given him a lot of trouble," Port Adelaide general manager of football Peter Rohde said.
"He hasn't been able to train for two weeks and he's had to have pain killers to be able to play against Gold Coast and Carlton.
"Sometimes these injuries heal naturally but with his foot getting sorer in all sorts of spots we elected to have surgery."
Friday, 1 June 2012
Matthew Primus says Travis Boak will return to Melbourne to discuss his future with his family and decide if he wants to remain at Port Adelaide within three weeks.
"I think every footy club would love to know earlier rather than later where they sit with player contracts and coach contracts and all those sorts of things," Primus said.
"Travis has put a timeline on it and obviously after those three weeks, I think it is, when he goes home, we'll decide then. We'll certainly be asking him where his decision's at, we don't want it to drag on until the end of the year."
Wednesday, 30 May 2012
Carlton coach Brett Ratten says his club would pursue Travis Boak if the Port Adelaide midfielder elects to come home to Victoria.
"If he was prepared to come home, we'd be very interested to have a chat with his management," Ratten said.
"That's something that (Carlton's football operations manager) Andrew McKay will chase behind the scenes."
Tuesday, 29 May 2012
Travis Boak admits his family will have a big say in whether he stays at Port Adelaide.
"[The speed in which a deal is reached] will all depend on how everything goes back home and talking to my family," he said.
"It's probably more about how they're feeling about things - are we still all good just talking on the phone and things like that ... are they coming over enough?"
Friday, 25 May 2012
Matthew Primus says claims a falling out with Travis Boak's manager has stalled a new deal for the midfielder are false.
I don't know his manager," Primus said.
"I met him two days ago in Peter Rohde's office and had a great discussion with him about his players, but that's the first I've heard about it.
"I spoke to him about his players, he's saying they're feeling great here at the club, they're enjoying it."
Friday, 18 May 2012
Matthew Primus has put the acid on Hamish Hartlett and Travis Boak, demanding they start to perform.
"We need him to develop quickly… Hamish is certainly not happy where he's at at the moment," he said.
"Travis has been going ok without setting the world on fire. We need a bigger output from them."
Friday, 11 May 2012
The media reports on Geelong freeing up salary cap space in an effort to lure young stars Patrick Dangerfield or Travis Boak from South Australia.
Friday, 10 February 2012
Midfielder Travis Boak has been named Port Adelaide's vice-captain in a new leadership group under Dom Cassisi that also includes Jay Schulz, Jackson Trengove and Hamish Hartlett.
"We've got a terrific leadership group assembled and now we're looking forward to developing and supporting them as quick as we can so that they can continue to drive and uphold the culture and values of this football club," Power head coach Matthew Primus said.
Saturday, 17 September 2011
Travis Boak has paid tribute to his mother and late father after tying with Jackson Trengove in the John Cahill Medal count.
"Mum has been amazing especially over the last five or six years, because it's been pretty tough," Boak said.
"She's been my rock. When I've had tough times I've always called her and after a game if I'm a bit down she's always there for me. I owe my life to her and she's been so good to me."
20-year old Trengove becomes the youngest-ever winner of the medal after taking it out in only his second AFL season.
"It's a great honour for Trav and I, especially both being so young," Trengove said.
"It's a good feeling and a great honour, but we're not really worried about best and fairests and awards. As a club, we've got a lot of work to do and we know that."
Thursday, 1 September 2011
Port Adelaide captain Dom Cassisi wants youngsters Travis Boak and Jackson Trengove to step up as the club's next generation of leaders.
"Jackson and 'Boaky', as young as they are, are two guys in particular that I've already had a chat to," Cassisi said.
"I've told them I want to use them as a sounding board and really try and get them involved. They seem up to it and really keen to step up. I know both of them have leadership aspirations and they are the two standouts."
Thursday, 17 February 2011
Port Adelaide's Travis Boak will enter the season proper with little or no match practice after an interrupted summer.
"It's not ideal. Trav had a pretty good patch just before Christmas before the appendix ruptured on him. Since then he's lost a lot of weight and also had a bit of patella soreness, but he's been doing a lot of running over the last two weeks," Power coach Matthew Primus said.
"We'll ease him into it and we're mindful we're preparing him for round one and not the NAB Cup. Trav's probably a bit behind the eight-ball, but by the time round one comes around he'll be right to go."
Wednesday, 22 December 2010
Travis Boak will be eased back into training in January after having surgery to remove his appendix.
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
Port Adelaide midfielder Travis Boak has re-signed with the Power, ending speculation he could join Gold Coast or a Victorian club.
"I wanted to make sure my mum and sisters were happy. They've put no pressure on me to go back home at all and it's always been my decision," Boak said.
"If I was to move anywhere it would be back home, but I'm completely happy here and I'm really excited about the next few years. The club support for me and them has been fantastic, so I can't ask for much more than that."
Friday, 2 July 2010
Port Adelaide says midfielder Travis Boak has edged closer to re-signing at Alberton.
"Trav and his management have talked to Peter [Rohde] and put something to us. We are considering that and will put something back to him, so negotiations have certainly started," Power coach Mark Williams said.
"We are very enthused by that, and not too far away (we're confident) he will make his announcement in our favour."
Thursday, 6 May 2010
Essendon, Carlton and Collingwood are among the Victorian clubs queuing up to speak to out of contract Port Adelaide stars Travis Boak and Robbie Gray while the Gold Coast is also reported to have flagged its interest.
Boak and Gray are housemates, close friends and are also managed by the same company, Stride.
Thursday, 25 February 2010
Travis Boak says he has no interest in joining the competition's new franchise and wants to stay at Port Adelaide for as long as he can.
"I've been reading about it in the newspaper and it's been interesting reading, but I just laugh it off. I have no real interest at all in going there, so it's funny reading about it," Boak said.
"I love it over here in Adelaide. I'm really enjoying it and I don't want to go anywhere. I'd be happy to stay as long as I can and with a young group coming through at the club, it's going to be fantastic to be a part of that."
Wednesday, 15 July 2009
Criticism of Danyle Pearce, Peter Burgoyne and Josh Carr is unwarranted according to teammate Travis Boak.
The trio have been singled out in the South Australian media following the Power's disappointing performance against Melbourne on Sunday.
"We think Pearcey's been one of our best players, not because he is getting 20-plus possessions or he's not getting 20-plus possessions, but because he's taking another player out of the play and helping someone else like Kane, Dom or David Rodan around the ball," Boak said.
"The guys know that he's probably copped a bit of criticism, but we're right behind him and we're really behind Peter and Carry as well.
"We're going to give Pearcey confidence. We're going to give him the ball and tell him to run. He's strong in mind and he's going to bounce back."
Sunday, 10 May 2009
Port Adelaide's Travis Boak said his side was shattered by Saturday night's narrow loss to North Melbourne after an inspirational win against the Crows the week before.
"We wanted to put this game down as a big game for the year. Just as big as the showdown last week," Boak said.
"We thought if we could win this we would try to set up our season. It was unfortunate in the end."
Wednesday, 22 April 2009
Port Adelaide midfielder Travis Boak believes there more collisions between players and umpires this season are likely with teams looking to use the officials as shields against their opponents.
"It's pretty hard for Shaun Burgoyne, David Rodan and these sorts of guys to get away from their opponents. They're going to try and do anything to get away from their players and I know we try and use it sometimes," Boak said.
Wednesday, 27 February 2008
Travis Boak, Robbie Gray and Nathan Krakouer sign new contracts with the Power, keeping them with Port Adelaide till 2010.
"As a club we couldn't have hoped for anything better than we got from Travis, Robbie and Nathan last year, particularly given they all joined us from interstate only last season," Power coach Mark Williams said.
"We do keep in mind that they are very much in the infancy of their careers and their development won't always be linear but it's fair to say we're excited about our future with these young players as part of it."