Well he we are, a Reserves Grand Final.
Two weeks ago before this fateful campaign begun, the plucky bunch of twos from Burwood were written off by many before a ball had been kicked in anger, but the Animals had other plans.
In week 1, it was a systematic dismantling of a much fancied Manningham side. At times artistic, at others clinical. It set a tone.
Week 2 however was pure heart. A 22 point half time lead whittled away and eviscerated, only for a plucky well crumbed goal with 2 minutes to go to swing the match and seal a grand final berth.
That, against a team that had both times eeked out frustrating wins against Leo’s.
Which brings us to the Grand Final. Aquinas.
Aquinas have won both clashes against the Animals in 2019 comfortably, and have been the number 1 club in Division 3 football across both grades. A club destined for the pastures of Division 2 next year will be looking to leave on a high.
But this is an Animals side built to destroy dreams, and there’s one left tomorrow.
Three changes, one forced, are made to the side who’s determination and desire left all observing in awe.
Charlie Simpson is unavailable for the clash, and is replaced by Kieran Mair, who was a shining light for the Seniors last week. Adam Jopling and Tom Buick are the two unfortunate players who will not be a part of the game on Sunday, with Harry Wines and Co-Captain Adam Athorne coming in, the latter potentially playing his final game for the Animals.
However Jopling and Buick, like all who will be watching from the sideline, will be a crucial part of the game tomorrow. The Animals family is set to descend on the northern outskirts in droves.
Nothing gets the Animals Family to migrate like a Grand Final.
An 11.40am start will allow plenty of time afterwards to celebrate the season no matter the outcome, and you can expect the boys in the Twos to do their best to bring their own cup to the party.