Portlaoise man Zach Tuohy is set to overtake Tadhg Kennelly and go second on the list of most appearances by an Irish player in the Australian Football League.
Tuohy will make his 198th AFL appearance in Geelong’s game against Port Adelaide on Friday, overtaking Kennelly in the process.
Kennelly, who is the only Irish player to have won an AFL medal, made 197 appearances with the Sydney Swans.
Holding the Irish record is the late Jim Stynes who played 264 times with the Melbourne Demons from 1987 to 1998.
Tuohy is also closing in on the significant milestone of 200 appearances, something achieved by less than 5% of players.
He originally signed for Carlton in 2009 before moving to Geelong in 2016. He is currently in the final year of his four-year contract.
To have a chance of reaching Stynes’ record of 264 appearances, he would need almost three more full seasons.
Geelong are currently third in the AFL and Friday’s game is a huge one for them against leaders Port Adelaide.
With the state of Victoria under lockdown, none of the games are going ahead in the state with Friday’s game being held in Queensland.
Because the games were suspended for three months, the league season has been shortened from 22 to 16 games.