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Footy Fix: all to play for in round 23

Rohan Connolly looks at the maths nightmare of working out who will finish where in the final eight.

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We'll call it a day there, folks. Thanks a lot for all your questions and comments. Should be a gripping last round with any number of possibilities open. Enjoy the footy. And you might want to take a calculator with you! See you back here next Thursday at 12pm.

THERE are plenty of reasons Hawthorn now seems a premiership standout; top spot on the ladder and a percentage a fair bit healthier than all its rivals merely the most obvious.

The Hawks have a great mix of inside grunt and outside silk. They're explosive in attack, where they're ranked No. 1, and at the same time miserly in defence, where before the round just completed they were No. 2.

They've had players return from injury at the right moment, with Luke Hodge looking better and better with each senior game under his belt, which was important in Saturday night's tremendous win over Sydney.

Lance Franklin's return after a six-week lay-off was seamless, and Cyril Rioli is back on deck this week. That's what you'd call perfect timing.

Join a live blog with Rohan Connolly from midday Thursday to analyse the premiership chances and assess whether the Hawks have timed their run perfectly.