Tigers have extra cause to believe they they can snatch a last-gasp finals berth at ANZ Stadium.
AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan's send-off message to outgoing Gold Coast player Karmichael Hunt may have carried an inadvertently humorous touch, but the Rugby League convert's four-year stint in the AFL was no laughing matter, says one of football's legends.
Chicago born Jason Holmes knew nothing about Australian Rules football when he was first asked to have a go.
Three years ago, Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury was part of a ladder-leading side that lost by 96 points to Geelong on the eve of finals - and he's hoping Hawthorn may be similarly lacking in hunger on Friday night.
The demands of a looming pre-season, combined with his own physical limitations have combined to spell an end to the career of Collingwood midfielder Luke Ball.
Why Hawthorn has opened a gap on its rival
Lenny Hayes could finish his career with the record for the most tackles ever.
Jordon Bourke will become Brisbane's 10th debutant for the season.
The selected teams for round 23 of the AFL season, including Saturday's all-important Fremantle v Port Adelaide clash.
Damien Hardwick says his Richmond players have "got one more bridge to cross to get, hopefully, where we deserve to be" with their finals-defining clash away to Sydney.