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Zach and Geelong bounce back with Australian Rules Grand Final now just one game away

Zach Tuohy

Zach Tuohy is now just one game away from playing in the Australian Rules Grand Final following Geelong’s win over the West Coast Eagles on Friday.

Geelong suffered a setback when they lost last week to Collingwood in the qualifying final but because Geelong had finished in the top four after the league section, they were guaranteed a second chance if they lost.

And they took that with both hands in Melbourne on Friday when they beat the reigning champions West Coast Eagles from Perth by 88 points to 68. The game was played before a crowd of over 50,000 in the famous MCG stadium.

It means that Geelong now go forward to what the Australians call the ‘Preliminary Finals’ – or semi-finals as they’d be known in this part of the world.

They’ll play Richmond next weekend, who finished third in the regular season but who won their first finals game last week against the Brisbane Lions.

The other Preliminary Final will see Collingwood play the winners of the Brisbane Lions and Greater Western Sydney.

Portlaoise man Tuohy once again featured for Geelong and was listed as among the best players on the AFL official website.

Should Geelong reach the final, it will mean Tuohy and Kerry’s Mark O’Connor will be the first Irish players to play in the Australian showpiece since Tadhg Kennelly in 2006.

Kennelly, who won a Grand Final in 2005 with the Sydney Swans, is the only Irish player to have ever won a ‘Premiership’.

Geelong last won the Grand Final in 2011, in what was then their third success in five seasons.

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