Former Laois minor star and Portlaoise club man Zach Tuohy scored an absolutely wonderful goal for the Geelong Cats against Port Adelaide at Simonds Stadium in Geelong on Thursday, thumping the ball between the centre posts from over 50 metres out late in the opening quarter.
— AFL (@AFL) May 25, 2017
Despite the spectacular score, however, the Cats finished the first period eight points behind the visitors. By half-time though, they had turned things 180 degrees and found themselves up by eight. Port Adelaide cut that lead to just five in the third quarter, setting up a tense finale.
Geelong started the fourth quarter well, with Mark Blicavs scoring an early goal, but Port Adelaide stormed back with a pair of goals and three behinds. With less than two minutes remaining, Adelaide led by four. However, Geelong great Patrick Dangerfield came to his side’s rescue at the death, striking a crucial goal that gave the Cats an 81-79 lead. And that’s the way it finished.
Geelong sat in third coming into the game and they remain in that spot. However, the win means that the Victoria side are now level on points with both the GWS Giants and the Adelaide Crows. They only trail the Giants and Crows because of an inferior scoring-percentage. The top two both have a game in hand though, with the Crows facing Fremantle on Saturday and the Giants taking on the West Coats Eagles on Sunday.
Tuohy, now 27, was originally recruited by AFL side the Carlton Blues in 2010 and made his league debut in 2011. After six seasons with the Melbourne-based outfit, he requested a transfer last year, subsequently joining Geelong in October.