Laois native Zach Tuohy made an encouraging return to the AFL as he helped the Geelong Cats to a comfortable win over the reigning Premiership champions the West Coast Eagles.

This was Tuohy's AFL appearance of the 2019 season after returning to squad following knee surgery at the end of last season. The Portlaoise native made a return to competitive action the previous weekend in the second-tier competition, the VFL, and was named on the interchange bench for Geelong's clash with the Eagles this weekend.

Now playing in his 10th AFL campaign, Tuohy was introduced and kicked two behinds in the second quarter to help Geelong inflict an impressive 15.14 (104) to 7.4 (46) win on the Eagles.

Tuohy reached a huge milestone in his Aussie Rules career last year as he became the fourth Irish player to make 150 appearances in the AFL, following in the footsteps of Tadhg Kennelly, along with the late Jim Stynes and Sean Wight. 

Mark O'Connor starred in the Cats defence

Fellow Irishman Mark O'Connor from Kerry was also in action for the victorious Cats this weekend.

He started the clash and excelled in defence as Geelong's win sent them one game clear at the top of the ladder after the opening six rounds of the season.

An All-Ireland winning minor captain, O'Connor signed for the Cats in 2016.

Geelong face Essendon next week.