Just a week after making his first ever AFL appearance, Zach Tuohy’s star continued to rise in the world of Aussie Rules after he scored his first goal for the Carlton Blues in their demolition of the Brisbane Lions on Sunday.
Tuohy launched a long-range bomb from outside the 50m line in the fourth quarter of the 124 to 63 win over Brisbane, having shown great awareness to play on after claiming a mark as the Brisbane defence failed to close off the space in front of him. His score sparked a huge reaction from his team mates, who swamped the Portlaoise man after he landed his inaugural AFL score.
Tuohy himself was a bit more subdued, as he opted to just raise his arm aloft to celebrate the score, and he admitted afterwards he was fighting the urge to celebrate in style. “I wanted to run and jump and scream and shout and I thought ‘oh maybe not’. But the reception I got off the lads after I scored it was amazing, and I’ll never forget that as long as I play.”
Tuohy also revealed afterwards that the rewards he has reaped in the last two weeks have made his 18 month wait for an appearance worthwhile. “I love living out here, I love playing the game and I love the lads that I’m playing with. So it was definitely worth the wait for me. I was always going to keep going and keep going and keep going until I got here, I always believed that I could get here. Now that that moment has come, it was definitely worth the wait.”
Tuohy’s first score was made all the more special for him because his parents were present to witness it, although they didn’t get to see it in the conventional manner. Father Noel and mother Marie are in Australia visiting Zach and were present at the game, but had left their seats in the fourth quarter with Carlton CEO Greg Swann, and had to settle for seeing the score on monitors rather than in person.
Speaking after the game, Noel admitted to be being delighted with the manner in which Zach had settled in. “It makes us very happy. He’s settled in well and he gets on well with all the guys, which is important really.”
After their win at the weekend Carlton now sit in third place in the AFL standings behind leaders Geelong and second placed Collingwood. They next face a home game against fifth placed Sydney Swans this Sunday.