It is always a tantalising prospect for football purists, and for the umpteenth time in recent memory a Hawthorn-Geelong clash is set to attract top billing.
The Hawks and Cats yet again possess the top two positions on the ladder after both thrashing previously in-form opponents on Saturday night to continue unbeaten starts to the season.
The sides are set to clash on Easter Monday at the MCG and both teams' coaches are excited about another blockbuster between the modern rivals.
''Hopefully, it continues forever, but we know that's not the way it works,'' Cats coach Chris Scott said following his side's 75-point dismantling of West Coast.
''When I say 'we', I mean mainly the Geelong and Hawthorn supporters should really embrace this era. I was a Hawthorn supporter myself as a kid and the rivalry with the Cats goes back that far. We look forward to it.''
The teams have shared many epic battles over the years, including the 2008 grand final when Hawthorn famously upset Geelong, but then proceeded to stumble repeatedly in cliffhanger finishes against the Cats, losing 11 consecutive games to their arch rivals between 2009 and 2013.
The drought finally came to an end in last year's preliminary final, when Hawthorn overcame a three-quarter-time deficit to edge Geelong by five points en route to the premiership.
Scott suggested the Hawks would once again test his team's bona fides on Monday.
''Our guys love playing the best on the big stage … it will be a good test for our guys,'' he said. ''We don't feel like we're completely on top of our game, but we'll soon find out.''
Scott's Hawthorn counterpart Alastair Clarkson agreed. ''It doesn't matter where these sides sit on the ladder, they're usually pretty good contests,'' Clarkson said after his team pounded the Gold Coast Suns by 99 points.
''We've got nine days to get ready for it. The challenge is to approach the next opponent - that's the Cats and they've been a very good football side for a long time.''