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Zach Tuohy Pays Emotional Tribute To Jim Stynes After Breaking Irish AFL Record

Zach Tuohy Pays Emotional Tribute To Jim Stynes After Breaking Irish AFL Record
Rory Cassidy
By Rory Cassidy
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Zach Tuohy achieved yet another impressive feat in his remarkable AFL career overnight breaking Jim Stynes' long-standing Irish AFL appearance record. 

The Laois man made his 265th league apperance to surpass the mark set by Stynes who had a decorated career Down Under.

The Geelong Cat's player has produced a decent performance and at one point opted to unleash a huge torpedo from a kick in, much to the delight of the home crowd.

The 33-year-old got a rousing reception and was accompanied on the field after by his two sons.


The occasion was made all the more special as the Stynes family were in attendance.

Jim's son Tiernan was on hand to present Tuohy with one of his father's old jerseys, while Tuohy also gifted the Stynes' with a memento.

Zach Tuohy pays tribute to Jim Stynes

He also paid a beautiful and emotional tribute to the Dubliner when speaking:


"Jim's a hero to everybody, none more so than me and all the Irish guys I'm sure," he said.

"As a small show of recognition and appreciation from myself that's just a little gift from me to your family.

"It's very much the least I can do.

"Jim is an absolute inspiration and it's bordering on slightly embarrasing for me to be alongside him.

"That's how highly I and I'm sure everyone else holds him.

"Thank you to the Stynes family."



His teammates joined him on the field after as 'The Rattling Bog' blasted around Kardinia Park.

Fans also showed their fondness towards Tuohy with a banner with the following message on display:

"At Geelong, Reg found his niche, Ireland's best (stache) from Portlaoise. Tough, durable, up for the fight, our record breaker in blue and white."

The result also played its part in helping Tuohy have a day to remember.

Geelong secured a comfortable victory beating North Melbourne by 62 points.

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