PAFC Player of the Week- Round 1

Port Adelaide opened up their account for the 2021 AFL season with a 52-point win over a young North Melbourne side on Sunday.

After a rather sluggish start in which Port found themselves behind at quarter time, albeit by two points, the Power clicked into gear to boot eight goals to one in the second term to blow away the young Roos. A spray from Ken Hinkley was the catalyst for the turnaround as the Power clicked through the gears and North could not go with them.

There were winners on every line for Hinkley’s men. Recruits Orazio Fantasia (four goals), Aliir Aliir (14 touches, nine intercept possessions) were both standouts along with Travis Boak (27 disposals and two goals), and Ollie Wines (30 touches, 13 contested possessions) who controlled the midfield battle.

It was a great way to start the season for the Power as we saw upsets during the opening round with both Sydney and Adelaide getting valuable wins over their much-fancied opponents.

Player of the Week

Travis Boak

For me, that is former skipper Travis Boak. He was simply sensational on Sunday, his first half in which he gathered 21 disposals as he just ripped North apart in the midfield and propelled the Power forward. He was a major reason Port was able to bang on eight goals to one in the second term.

Boak’s Round 1 stats

- 27 disposals

- Two goals

- 15 pressure acts

- 77% disposal efficiency

- 13 contested possessions

- 12 score involvements

- Game high five centre clearances

They are some numbers for a 32-year-old as he essentially did what he wanted in the first half. There was mention of a tag from the Fox Footy commentary team as well which just shows how dominant the former skipper was. Boak’s second half was a lot more subdued than the first as a knock to the knee forced him to play up forward for the majority of the last quarter but for me, he had already done enough for my Best on Ground vote for Port.

It is hard not to love Boak, who can forget when Port was going through the tough times just years ago, there was the option for him to leave the club, yet he chose to stay and now look at the player he has become. He had perhaps his best year last season as he earned selection in the 2020 All-Australian Team as vice-captain and finished runner-up in the Brownlow Medal count with his equal-career-high 21 votes, ten behind Lachie Neale.

A deserving winner for Port’s Player of the Round to open the season.

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