Laois man Zach Tuohy is riding high in the Australian Football League as his new club Geelong have cemented their top two finish with an impressive victory over fellow title challengers GWS Giants.
Geelong secured their 15th win of the season and are now guaranteed two chances as they push for the Grand Final.
Tuohy, who secured a move to Geelong from Carlton, has been one of the trades of the season and was recently deemed unfortunate by Australian media to have missed-out on the All-Australian shortlisting.
The All-Australian award is the equivalent of the GAA All-Star award and only one Irish man has ever received the award, Jim Stynes.
Tuohy’s superb season has been backed up by his stats finishing third on the list of possessions on the Geelong team in the regular season and most impressively finishing top of the list for the number kicks for his team.
He has kicked six goals and has scored 43 points in total this season and now has 46 career goals.
Tuohy has been rubbing shoulders with some of the best players in the AFL as team mates Patrick Dangerfield and Joel Selwood, who made the All-Australian shortlist, are in the running for the Brownlow Medal which is awarded to the player of the year.
Geelong now face Richmond on Friday, September 8, who finished third in the league. Geelong beat them by 14 points just three games ago.
If they win that tie they progress straight through to the semi-final but if they lose then they will face the winner of play-off game between Sydney Swans and Essendon.
With recent displays, Touhy and Geelong must fancy their chances to reach the Semis and the Grand Final.
If Tuohy was lucky enough to win the AFL title he would be just the second Irish man to win it after Tadgh Kennelly.
Tuohy is also joined by the young Kerry native Mark O’Connor. The 20 year-old broke through this year and has got to play two games for Geelong.
The Portlaoise man Tuohy will be hoping that his home club secure their 10th county title in 11 years but the chances of the AFL star returning home to be involved will seem unlikely if Geelong keep their march towards glory going.