A slew of key inclusions for the Animals see them gear up for the the first big test of the second half of the season when Aquinas come to Bennettswood for the second of their meetings this year.

The Reserves see a new bench come in for the clash, return of ‘Tiny’ Coleman, Louis Fasolino, Will Haydon, and Oscar McVann.

Only Fasolino featured in the clash earlier this season, where the Animals went down by 10 points after trailing by 5 goals at quarter time.

In a low scoring affair in conditions similar to what is expected in the return clash, Aquinas stifled the Animals attacking flair and kept them to their lowest score of the season so far. However an in-form Tom Birkett and Lachlan Gunn up front will be looking to combine again to lift the Animals to victory.

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For the Seniors, the return of Co-Captian Harry Davis along with gun running mid Hugh Shaeche sees the Animals clamber back towards their best 22. Lawrence Virgo also makes his way back in after an extended period out, and will return in a familiar forward role.

The Animals will be looking to improve going forward, after a blunt showing last week at the Canterbury Sportsground, but will be coming up an Aquinas side sturdy in defence.

Aquinas were able to keep the Animals at arms length last time out, and Leo’s will be out to prove some doubters wrong and end a streak of 3 losses in 4 games.

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