Tuohy plays 150th against ‘dan­ger­ous’ Power

Geelong Advertiser - - SPORT - DAMIEN RACTLIFFE

STAR de­fender Zach Tuohy says the new-look Port Ade­laide, fea­tur­ing his for­mer team­mate Steven Mot­lop, is the AFL’s most dan­ger­ous side when up and run­ning.

The Power is com­ing off a dis­ap­point­ing loss to Essendon on Sun­day, but has won eight of its past 11 at Ade­laide Oval, a venue at which Gee­long lost twice last sea­son.

Tuohy, who plays his 150th game on Satur­day night, said re­cruits like Mot­lop and Jack Watts had made the Power a more for­mi­da­ble out­fit.

“Port at their best look like the most dan­ger­ous team in the comp right now and on their home deck it would be a mas­sive win,” he said.

“But no big­ger than win­ning in Mel- bourne against any­one else.

“I don’t think any­body doesn’t think Port is go­ing to be a re­ally strong side for the whole year. I guess with sides that are as chock-full of tal­ent as them, you’ve prob­a­bly do need to be a lit­tle bit ex­tra cau­tious. I’m sure they feel like they un­der­per­formed on the week­end. We won’t treat them any dif­fer­ently but it’s go­ing to be a mas­sive test.”

Tuohy said the in­ter­state side had plenty of weapons in the for­ward line.

“Rob­bie Gray has been an is­sue in the past, but he’s been an is­sue for ev­ery­body,” he said. “They’ve got a lot of users and the new guys that have come in, even ‘Mots’ is play­ing well over there.”

The for­mer Carl­ton de­fender shared just one sea­son with Mot­lop on Gee­long’s list, but played against him many times while at the Blues.

Tuohy said there would likely be a bit of ban­ter if they started along­side each other on Satur­day night.

“I’ve played on him in the past and he’s al­ways had a bit to say — he’s never been shy on the lip, so it’ll be in­ter­est­ing to see what he has to say,” he said.

“I’ll prob­a­bly spend some time on him, I guess. You build bonds with these guys. I only played with him for a year but I got along with him very well. I’m sure there’ll be no friend­ship for the 120 min­utes, but it’s good to see him go­ing well.” Tuohy said there was a sense of pride reach­ing 150 AFL games.

“It’s a fairly mod­est one in the grand scheme of things, but it’s nice,” he said.

“I re­mem­ber Se­tanta O’h Ailpin, an Ir­ish guy I used to play with, said if you could get to 100 games, you’ve done all right. So 150 is nice.” HEN­DER­SON SURGERY SET­BACK: PAGE 46

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