Melbourne extended their undefeated start to nine games with a solid win over a wounded Carlton at the MCG on Sunday.
Every other season that the Demons have gone 9-0 has seen them win the premiership although all those seasons came between 1941 and 1964 so it means little in the modern AFL.
But what this win showed what they can fight out a game in tough conditions and against a side like the Blues who were wounded, clearly second best but still fighting for every possession.
Tom McDonald and Bayley Fritsch kicked three goals a piece while Clayton Oliver and Christian Salem had 29 disposals each.
The Blues lost David Cuningham to a knee injury which could be serious while who knows whether Harry McKay’s injured shoulder will end up seeing him miss matches or whether he will just play on through the pain.
He kicked three goals while clearly hurting.