Port Adelaide champion Travis Boak paid a special tribute to the family after his 300th AFL game – a match his mother was not allowed to attend despite initially being allowed.
The Power celebrated Boak’s big game Friday night with a harrowing win over Collingwood at an empty Marvel Stadium.
Boak’s 300th was set to take place in front of fan-loving fans at the Adelaide Oval but those plans were shelved on Tuesday as both South Australian clubs exited the state prior to the lockdown. .
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Fellow Power 300 gamer Kane Cornes announced on Friday that Boak’s mother, Chicki Boak, has been allowed to sit in AFL Nation radio comment box and made ‘special commentary’ while watching her son play his 300th match live.
“Our aim is good when it comes to making sure that a wonderful mother can add to our broadcasts with her experience and share the moment with her son,” the executive director said. SEN executive Craig Hutchison says Advertiser.
“It was initially approved and then that position changed, we respect and understand that of the AFL and only intend to do the right thing to enhance our broadcast.”
Three Lions chiefs Jonathan Brown were stunned by the decision.
“I’m not sure about his mother getting hit back. Sure you can let his mom watch the game,” Brown told Fox Footy after the game.
“Are we going crazy? Has the world gone crazy? Fair dinkum, what are we in love with? “
Although his family was not on the ground, Boak expressed his gratitude to them after the match.
“My mother was in Adelaide for the week with my aunt and both sisters, so it was really special to see them before I came here. We chatted a little bit about the journey we went through,” Boak told Channel 7.
“They have been amazing to me and I am so grateful for the support they have given me from the beginning. I certainly wouldn’t be here without them.
“Unfortunately they can’t be here tonight, but I know they are (in spirit). I love Mom. Cass, Sare – you are amazing, thank you so much. “
Boak was chaired out of Marvel Stadium by Ollie Wines and Sam Powell-Pepper, who, along with his teammates and the Magpies, formed an honor guard.
It was a fitting end to the club’s celebrations, and it was a win he helped orchestrate, the evergreen midfielder starring with 30 tackles, 16 tackles, seven tackles. score and seven clearances.
Melbourne champion Garry Lyon said Boak produced a “typical professional performance”.
“There were a few moments when Collingwood pressed tight and he looked like he was lifting the record again,” Lyon told Fox Footy.
St Kilda legend Nick Riewoldt added: “Consistency has always been one of his strengths and tonight it just boils down to his career.
“There are times when he is flashy, there are times when he is tough and he is always the best player on the team. It was a fitting way to play his 300th game. “
Power players had a special presentation for Boak the day before the game to honor his contributions to the club.
“He deserves a flag and that’s what we’re aiming for,” power forward Charlie Dixon told Fox Footy after the game.
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