Forget about the match between AFL cellar dwellers Melbourne and Essendon. The drawcard Friday night fixture will be taking place at Elsternwick Park where our beloved Animals will have their final pre season hit out against Elsternwick under lights. 

With the bye this weekend it will serve as a crucial hit out for the lads as they look to bounce back after being outclassed by Division 1 side Kew and the playing group will be desperate for a win to build some winning confidence going into Round 1. 

Team 1 will see some new faces and returning club stalwarts. With a list possessing more depth than the Grand Canyon players will be very keen to impress the coaching staff as competition for spots will be very hot in the early rounds of the season. 

 Housemates Nic Glanville and Lachlan Chapman will be the generals of a very strong backline and their telepathic play will hopefully lead to many rebounds out of the defensive 50. The experience of Nic Robin, Chook O’Connor and Dan Hill will be pivotal in a side of young animals with no less than 10 first year players hungry to impress.  

We also welcome back Cody Deppeler and Shinky after a stint playing football in Canada. Media guru Geoff Koop is named on the bench where he will no doubt have a 45minute rub down before coming on as a super sub in the forward half 

Team 2 features a different looking line up but it simply oozes class and individual talent so the fans will no doubt be eager to see how they gel as a team. Jack Wotherspoon and Brent Simons return to the Animals family while veterans Foxy and Barra will use their experience to lead this young side.  

Some players to keep an eye out for include Hugh Schache, Luke Shannon, Charlie Simpson and the Collins brothers who have lighted up the training track in recent weeks. Coaches Ian Ledder and ‘J-Rod’ will be trialling players in new positions and will looking for players to know and execute the desired game plan. They are also looking out for players to showcase their skill set, leadership and attitudes towards game preparation.  

Time to get excited Animals family because I’ve got a feeling there will be some sizzle tonight!