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Blues to field two Irishmen in AFL side

Sam Lienert 01/06/2011 06:39:47 PM Comments (0)

Carlton will become the first AFL club to field two Irishmen in the same side since pioneers Melbourne in the 1990s.

Former Gaelic footballer Zach Tuohy will make his debut against Port Adelaide on Sunday at AAMI Stadium, joining countryman Setanta O'hAilpin in the Blues' team.

It is the first time two Irishmen will have been teammates since Brian Stynes played his only two games for Melbourne in 1992, alongside brother Jim, the 1991 Brownlow Medallist and current Demons president.

Jim Stynes was also a long-time teammate of Sean Wight, whose career ended in 1995, although while Wight was recruited from Ireland, he was born in Scotland.

Tuohy has been elevated onto the Blues' senior list after joining the club last year through the rookie draft.

"I am very excited and really looking forward to the game as it is a big step in my career," the 21-year-old said.

Tuohy's parents will be on hand for his debut, as they are visiting from Ireland.

"Having my parents out here in Australia adds to the occasion for me and it will be great to have them in the stands in Adelaide," he said.

Carlton football manager Steven Icke said Tuohy had genuine speed and an elite kick.

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