Portlaoise have received a blow with the news that one of their main players WON’T be available for the final this year.
LaoisToday understands that Australian Football League star Zach Tuohy will not be on the field for Sunday’s showdown with Ballylinan.
A combination of an extended season and his commitment to the upcoming International Series means that he won’t be part of Malachy McNulty’s side which are trying to win back the Jack Delaney Cup.
Tuohy, who won a Leinster minor championship with Laois in 2007, made the move Down Under in 2009 where he was offered an International Rookie contract by Carlton.
He signed a full contract in 2010 and remained with Carlton until last year when he was traded to Geelong
And it was with them that Tuohy enjoyed his furthest run in the championship – going all the way to the Preliminary Final, which is essentially a semi final.
But Geelong came unstuck against Adelaide who eventually lost to Richmond.
Tuohy has previously played for Portlaoise in the 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2015 finals.
His display in the drawn game against Emo in 2015 was particularly noteworthy.
He changed the game when introduced midway through the second half and kicked two points in a 2-9 to 0-15 draw.
Zach then started the replay and scored 1-2 as Portlaoise ran out comfortable 2-13 to 0-7 victors to win their ninth title in a row at that time.
Tuohy was on the bench for last year’s final against Stradbally but wasn’t introduced – and such was the late nature of Jody Dillon’s match winning goal that there wasn’t time to get him on.
But he won’t be there this year and International Rules manager Joe Kernan has already confirmed that Zach will be in his 23-man squad for the two tests in Australia next month.
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