The Animals went three from three in the run home to finals with a crucial double strike over Canterbury at home as the Seniors commemorated the 200th game for club stalwart Micky Davis.
Davis contributed to a 7 goal first quarter blitz which proved to be the difference on the day in the Seniors.
The 20 point win sees the Animals continue to take control of the race for the final two spots in the Senior Top 4, with their superior percentage proving to be a crucial factor with 3 games left to play.
Canterbury would strike first on the day, but the Animals would go on a 7 goal stretch to blow the game wide open, before the Cobras grabbed a goal after the quarter time siren to make it a 5 goal game. It was a Kevin Moloney hip and shoulder in the middle of Bennettswood which not only rocked his opponent, but changed the game.
The second quarter then followed a eerily similar story to the rest of the year as Canterbury slid their way back in to the contest inch by inch, narrowing the lead to inside 2 straight kicks with a 4 goal to 1 term.
But this is a different Animals side, a side that doesn’t slump after the long break, and it was the Cobras turn to struggle to make an impact on the scoreboard again. It would be Harry Davis who would run the show, as he kicked four for the day and made his impact in the premiership quarter as the Animals blew the game back out to a healthy four gaol lead.
It’s where the game would stay, as the Animals ran out 14.12.96 to 11.10.76 winners, placing the onus now upon Canterbury to work their way back in to the top 4.
In the Reserves, it was a Tom Birkett masterclass as the sections leading goal kicker showed why he sits a top the standings with a 12 goal haul, including 6 of the Animals 7 first quarter goals.
Birkett then evenly spread his remaining 6 over the remainder of the game, as the Animals ran riot against a Canterbury side unable to match the Animals around the contest.
On ballers Harry Wines and Jason Schinck roamed freely collecting possession after possession, repeatedly bombarding the Cobras defensive 50 with entries.
Returning tall Sean Bourke felt his way into the game, and by the end was back to his dominant ways as Canterbury had no answer to the onslaught, as they bowed to a 105 point defeat, a vast contrast to the previous clash.