This match will echo through Melbourne’s season no matter what goes on from here.
On one hand, the undefeated Demons overcame a spirited foe and also overcame the loss of two stars to injury in Adam Tomlinson (suspected ACL) and Jack Viney (toe) to score a solid win.
But the echo could be that the loss of Tomlinson ruins their premiership hopes as he is the glue between the key position defenders and the smaller ball-movers.
Without him, the Dees may have to send Tom McDonald or Harrison Petty into defence while their attack will need to reset as well.
Viney may be back next week, they found a ‘hot spot’ in his toe so rested him.
Time will tell how damaging this day was.
What did stand out was that young guns on both sides stood tall with Luke Jackson, Clayton Oliver and Kysaiah Pickett among the Demons best while the Roos’ early run of success was inspired by the work of Tom Powell, Nick Larkey and veteran Ben Cunnington who still looks the barometer for his football side.
Bayley Fritsch’s six goals deserve celebrating too, as does Ben Brown’s debut for the Dees although he finished with his head wrapped in bandages due to a headclash.
The rest of the Dees might feel the same way.