“Geelong insiders have been in awe of Zach Tuohy’s impact in 2017,” wrote Damian Barrett on the AFL.com.au website this week under the headline “Geelong’s Irish experiment gets a A-plus”.
“Until Geelong traded with Carlton for Tuohy in October, it didn’t have leg speed in the backline. It now does.
“It didn’t have a player able to ferociously tackle opposition forwards and now does. It didn’t have a prolific and regularly penetrating kicker through that part of the ground. It now does.”
Barrett uses statistics to show Tuohy’s influence, saying that of 89 players classified as “general defenders” in the game, he’s fifth for disposals (possessions), third for metres gained and eighth for score involvements.
The writer adds that Geelong “took a risk” in signing the Portlaoise man but that “Geelong players and coaches have loved the addition of Tuohy and speak glowingly and speak glowingly on and off the record about the former star Gaelic footballer”.