Laois man Zach Tuohy will hit another significant landmark in his Australian Rules career this weekend when he makes his 150th AFL appearance.
He has once again been named on the half-back line for Geelong as they take on Port Adelaide on Saturday night as they look to pick up their third win of the season, following two losses and two wins to date.
Tuohy has been in Australia since 2009 and as well as holding the record for the most consecutive appearances of any current player in the league, he is also now the most capped Irish player to ever play the Australian game.
The late Jim Stynes and Sean Wight played 264 and 150 respectively while Tadhg Kennelly played 197 times. Mayo’s Pearce Hanly, who is with the Gold Coast Suns at the moment, has 142 appearances.
Touhy went to Australia initially on trial in 2007 after starring for the Laois minor footballers in their Leinster championship-winning campaign that season.
He later played for the Laois U-21s in 2008 and 2009 as well as a brief spell with the seniors in 2009.
He has also won a number of senior championships with Portlaoise during the off-season from Australia, although his last involvement with The Town goes back to the 2015 county final replay when they claimed their ninth title in succession by beating Emo.
While he is currently in the second year of a four-year contract with Geelong after initially starting out with Carlton, he told LaoisToday in an interview last year that he hopes to return at some stage and play a full season with Laois and Portlaoise.
His parents, Noel and Marie, also spoke recently of what it was like for them to see Zach move to Australia at such a young age.
Geelong were beaten in the Preliminary final (semi-final) last season and will be looking to be in the shakeup once again this year.