In a rare moment of symmetry, Emmaus (3-3 and 4-2) will travel to their closest rival in 2019 when they take on Canterbury (4-2 and 3-3).
Both clubs will be aiming to draw level and move away from each other on the table which is slowly taking shape, but does not have long left to reveal its final form, with both sides officially hitting the halfway mark of their campaigns.
The Reserves will look cement another week in 3rd when they take on Canterbury who sit one game behind the Animals, and will do so with the Divisions leading goalkicker in Tom Birkett.
Birkett’s 9 goal outing last time out against North Brunswick catapulted him to the top of the pile, and he will be looking to do the same, if not more damage, against a side that failed to inflict the same amount of defeat on the same opponent.
Will Morris makes his long awaited Animals return in the ruck, and will look to feed a star-studded middle for the Animals Twos featuring a returning Jason Schinck and Kieran Jenkins
The Senior Animals will be looking to peg back their closest rivals on the table when they travel the brief 15 minute ride to Canterbury Sportsground in a delayed start.
Co-Captain Harry Davis will miss the vital mid-season clash, but coach Ian Ledder is still able to name a strong line-up for the clash.
Sean Howard comes in for the middle Davis on the bench, in one of two changes for the Seniors after their 75 point demolition job of North Brunswick before the Queens Bye.
Vice-Captain Nathan Bird stays forward after kicking 7 goals in his last two games, whilst Brent Simons will start the game forward with him. It has been the Animals ability for their midfielders to rest forward and still heavily impact the game which has many still positive about what lays ahead for the second half of the year.
Alex Stokes will start in the ruck, with regular ruckman Kevin Moloney relieving him from the benches in what will undoubtedly be yet another consistently fantastic shift delivered by the man the call “Kev”.
A slight shuffle down back sees the other ruckman in Chook O’Connor starts at CHB for the Animals, with Joden Crothers moving closer to goal to assist Sam Argus and Ben Collins.
The Cobras are undefeated at home in 2019 in both divisions, with their Twos already eclipsing their total number of wins in 2018, whilst the seniors 4 wins in 5 guys has seen them leave an opening round drubbing the past.
Both games have slightly delayed start times