Tuohy plays 150th against ‘dangerous’ Power
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