Shouldn’t we all be in the same Boak?
Let me tell you a tale of a young boy from Torquay….at the end of 2012, only two short years ago, Travis Boak stood and stared at a massive fork in the road, down one path was the posse of Selwood, Bartel and coach Scott wooing him back to his home town of Geelong and its promise of premiership riches.
Down the other path was the Power, who at that stage were lower than Rex Hunt’s shark droppings – no crowds, no money, no coach, no passion…and yet Boaksaid get stuffed to the Cats and stayed to help turn the Power around. That speak volumes on the intestinal fabric of this young man Boak, he is loyal and committed – you can’t say that about too many players after this trade period (I am talking to you Griff, Ryder, Christensen et al).
In 2013, Boak was made Captain and his scores went bang! His average increased by nearly 20% equating to an additional 16 points a game and has held steady ever since.
Boak is in his prime Supercoach years, he is 26, has been Captain for 2 years, has played 21 games in both of his Captain years, and loves it when the game is on the line. In the big games he scores big. So why aren’t we in the Travis Boak? He was only owned by 3% of teams in 2014 – making him an excellent POD.
|Games last season:||21|
|Average last season:||105.71|
|100+ games last season:||10|
|Sub 80 games last season:||4 (an additional 3 scores in the 80’s)|
|Price range last season:||$524k to $576k|
|Missed games last season:||1|
|Significant history:||Captain of the club since 2013
Club B&F in 2011 (runner up in 2013)
Has averaged over 100 over the past 2 years (107, 106)
All Australian in 2013
Ranked 3rd in the comp for Inside 50s
Ranked 8thin total Contested Possessions
Career high average of 27 disposals in 2014
In the 5 years before being made Captain, Boak averaged 88 points, since being made Captain his scores have popped – the kids loves the responsibility that comes with leadership. That is a huge tick folks. There is a lot of Boakwhich reminds me of Selwood– they were from the same draft with Boak going at pick 5 and Selwood at Pick 7. Both of them hunt the footy and love it when it is contested.
Here is the one stat that has me thinking the most, in 2014, Boak played 10 games against Top 8 sides and averaged 121 in these games. ONE TWENTY ONE. Need I say more? Only Ablett, Rockliff, Pendles and Ward had a higher average against Top 8 teams.
I suspect the biggest risk with Boak is his propensity to take the foot off the gas against lesser teams. Perhaps you can live with this, as against the higher ranked teams he can go very LARGE.
If you make the call to start with Boak then it would be a view to hold him all year. His price doesn’t vary too much through the course of a year, which also means you could select him at any stage and sleep wonderfully warm in the comfort of his average score. The alternative is that you bring him in once you cull a couple of fattened rookies.
- High ceiling – when Boak goes big, he goes very big. Scoring 150+ on 4 occasions, which is nearly 20% of the time
- Durability – has played 21 games in each of the past two years
- Contested ball magnet and inside 50s equals excellent supercoach scoring
- Boak’s record against weaker opposition is a concern, he seemingly cares less when he knows the Power will win
- 7 scores of sub 90 is not great for a prime midfielder
I’m impressed with what Boak has done over the past two years, he cares for his club and he cares the most in big games. Two admirable traits. The fact he loves the contested ball and does damage in the forward half of the ground also speak volumes.
Verdict – watch at this stage, could prove decent value and has a very high ceiling. He is on the watchlist for the Chumps, but you can count on one thing for certain, he will be ahead of Murphy and Cotchin when it comes to settling on the midfield lineup.
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What’s your view on T-Boak in 2015?
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