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Zach Tuohy's Geelong suffer 51-point hiding but are still in the hunt for AFL Grand Final place

Former Kerry minor captain Mark O’Connor didn’t feature for Geelong.

ZACH TUOHY’S GEELONG Cats are still in the hunt to become AFL champions but they’ll have to take the hard road after today’s defeat to Richmond Tigers.

Tuohy, one of only five Irish players to play in over 100 games in the AFL, is in his debut campaign with the Cats after completing a move from Carlton last October.

Geelong were handed out a 51-point beating by Richmond in front of over 90,000 fans in the MCG today, which left the winners just one game away from making the AFL Grand Final.

Former Laois footballer Tuohy was among Geelong’s better performers, making 27 possessions on a disapointing night for the Cats. Kerry native Mark O’Connor, who made his debut in a Round 8 game last May, didn’t feature in the defeat.

The 3.13 (91) to 5.10 (40) triumph meant Richmond advanced to the preliminary finals – effectively the semi-final stage of the competiton.

The game was tight for the opening three quarters as Richmond wasted numerous chances after dominating the exchanges. They eventually snapped their 13-game losing streak against Geelong with a final quarter blitz where they scored seven goals.

Brownlow Medal favourite Dustin Martin, who signed a mega seven-year deal last week, displayed his class by completing six score assists – double that of any other player.

Geelon’s campaign isn’t over yet. Next week they’ll take on the winners of Saturday’s clash between Sydney and Essendon, with the winners earning a route back to the preliminary finals to face Adelaide.

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