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Zach Tuohy

Zach Tuohy (born 10 December 1989)[1] is an Irish player of Australian rules footballer for the Carlton Football Club in the Australian Football League. Tuohy previously played Gaelic football.

Tuohy began his sporting career as a Gaelic footballer at the Portlaoise club. He became a regular in Laois underage county sides.[2] He won a Leinster Minor Football Championship with them in 2007.

Tuohy attracted the attention of Australian rules football recruiters from the Carlton Football Club in the Australian Football League, a club based in the northern suburbs of Melbourne.[2] During 2009, Tuohy travelled to Melbourne to undergo a four-week trial with the club. The club was sufficiently impressed, and offered Tuohy an International Rookie contract.[3] This contract ensured Tuohy would be recruited by Carlton; he was then selected with the club's sixth round selection in the 2010 AFL rookie draft (#73 overall) as a formality.[4] Tuohy became the fourth Irish player to spend time on the Carlton list (and he would be only the second to play a senior game).

Tuohy began the 2010 season playing in the club's , the Northern Bullants. He developed as a tagger, and then as a rebounding half-back. He was temporarily elevated to the senior list in place of the injured Luke Mitchell in early 2011,[5] and he made his AFL debut in Round 11 against Port Adelaide,[6] and went on to played eleven games for the season. By 2012, he was a regular in the Carlton team, and in 2013 he played every match for the season and finished seventh in the club Best and Fairest.[7] Over this time, Tuohy became noted for his long, accurate kicking, and regularly drifted from the backline to half-forward to kick long goals from beyond the 50m line; he had shown a similar aptitude for long-range kicking in Gaelic football, in which he was his county's designated kicker for 50m penalty kicks.[8]

Tuohy represented Ireland[9] in International rules football in both the 2011 and 2013 series. He scored a goal in the first Test in 2013 at Breffni Park.[10][11]

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External links

  • Zach Tuohy's profile on the official website of the Carlton Football Club
  • Zach Tuohy's statistics from AFL Tables

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