Which players are most respected by their peers?
We asked the players to share their opinions via a survey for AFL.com.au’s Players’ Top 50.
Port Adelaide skipper Travis Boak has been voted in at number nine in the Players’ Top 50, following another stand-out campaign in 2014 that saw him claim a second consecutive All-Australian selection and place equal-fourth in the Brownlow Medal count.
“When the heat’s on you know what he’s going to give you. You know that he’ll do anything he possibly can to win the game” – Port Adelaide assistant coach Josh carr in 2014
Boak was amongst Port’s best players each week, averaging a career-high 26 disposals – 12 contested – and five clearances across his 24 matches last season, with his 33 possessions and seven tackles in the preliminary final loss to Hawthorn one of the highlights.
After the elimination final win last year, Port Adelaide assistant coach Josh Carr described Boak as a big-time player who has all the attributes of a champion.
“The number one thing is his ability to play well in big games. The rest of it is just a given. He ticks all the boxes,” Carr said.
“When the heat’s on you know what he’s going to give you. You know that he’ll do anything he possibly can to win the game. That’s why, as coaches, we’re always confident when he’s in there.”
The strong inside midfielder placed 19th in last year’s Top 50 but, after leading the Power to within a goal of a Grand Final berth and finishing runner-up in the club’s best and fairest, his credentials have only increased – moving up ten spots in this year’s count.
AFL PLAYERS’ TOP 50 SO FAR – 50 TO 10
9. Travis Boak (Port Adelaide)
10. Robbie Gray (Port Adelaide)
11. Josh Kennedy (Sydney Swans)
12. Jobe Watson (Essendon)
13. Trent Cotchin (Richmond)
14. Matt Priddis (West Coast Eagles)
15. Dyson Heppell (Essendon)
16. Nick Riewoldt (St Kilda)
17. Steve Johnson (Geelong)
18. Sam Mitchell (Hawthorn)
19. Tom Rockliff (Brisbane Lions)
20. Aaron Sandliands (Fremantle)
21. Dayne Beams (Brisbane)
22. Jordan Lewis (Hawthorn)
23. Tom Hawkins (Geelong)
24. Rory Sloane (Adelaide)
25. Harry Taylor (Geelong)
26. Brent Harvey (North Melbourne)
27. Luke Parker (Sydney)
28. Chris Judd (Carlton)
29. Callan Ward (Greater Western Sydney)
30. Marc Murphy (Carlton)
31. Nathan Jones (Melbourne)
32. Bryce Gibbs (Carlton)
33. David Mundy (Fremantle)
34. Brendon Goddard (Essendon)
35. Jarrad McVeigh (Sydney)
36. Chad Wingard (Port Adelaide)
37. Pearce Hanley (Brisbane Lions)
38. Cyril Rioli (Hawthorn)
39. Dustin Martin (Richmond)
40. Dan Hannebery (Sydney)
41. Shaun Burgoyne (Hawthorn)
42. Jimmy Bartel (Geelong)
43. Josh Kennedy (West Coast Eagles)
44. Ryan Griffen (Greater Western Sydney)
45. Matthew Pavlich (Fremantle)
46. Luke Breust (Hawthorn)
47. Travis Cloke (Collingwood)
48. Dane Swan (Collingwood)
49. Brett Deledio (Richmond)
50. Steele Sidebottom (Collingwood)