There was disappointment for Portlaoise’s Zach Tuohy in today’s Australian Rules Preliminary Final as his Geelong side were beaten by Richmond – and so miss out on a place in next weekend’s Grand Final.
They were beaten 85-66 by Melbourne side Richmond in what would be known as a semi-final in this part of the world.
The game was played in the MCG – the Melbourne Cricket Ground – in front of a crowd of 94,423.
It marks a disappointing end to the season for Geelong who had impressively topped the table after the league stages.
And today they led by 21 points at half time – 50 to 29 – but Richmond completely turned things around in the third quarter and were 61-57 ahead at the end of that quarter.
Richmond extended their lead even further in the final quarter to eventually win by 19 points.
Had Geelong won, Tuohy would have been the first Irish man to play in a Grand Final since Tadhg Kennelly did in 2006 with the Sydney Swans in 2005.
Kennelly is the only Irish player to ever win a Grand Final, something that even the great Jim Stynes missed out on despite winning the hugely prestigious Brownlow Medal – the game’s player of the year award.
Tuohy has now played three full seasons with Geelong after joining from Carlton at the end of 2016.
The Portlaoise man went to Australia full time at the end of 2009 and played with Carlton for seven seasons before switching to Geelong.
Richmond will now go forward to play in the Grand Final next Sunday against either Great Western Sydney or Collingwood.