As Essendon's Jake Stringer soccered the ball towards the northern end of UTAS Stadium, the sea of red and black rose then roared as he spectacularly dribbled it through.
It would have been the loudest cheer to echo around the stands in Launceston for many years, and even Stringer couldn't help but momentarily bask in the genuine joy from Tasmania's footy-starved Bombers fans.
The recently-relaid surface looked immaculate and with every spare seat taken in the Essendon-dominated sections of UTAS Stadium, it was impossible not to consider: this could actually work in Tasmania.
What made it even more of a spectacle was the fact that, with borders to Victoria effectively closed, it was a purely Tasmanian crowd. It couldn't be padded out with travelling fans.
Tasmania has long languished in a tired model where Hawthorn and North Melbourne only play games down here if they would lose money by playing those games in Melbourne. It creates stale match-ups, with regular appearances by non-Victorian sides and the struggling Victorian ones.
Attendances have diminished significantly as a result, creating a self-fulfilling prophecy for the AFL as it attempts to find new excuses to avoid giving Tasmania its own team. Images of an empty Blundstone Arena and sparsely populated UTAS Stadium are difficult to witness.
But when Richmond played in Hobart in 2015 and 2016, they almost got 18,000 on both occasions. And now Launceston has proven the same, that when the big names come down, the crowds turn out.
And time and again, we've heard that many Tasmanians who barrack for Victorian sides would buy memberships for a Tasmanian side as well, and come along to games. On the mainland, support for Tasmania's bid is almost universal among fans. Just ask any AFL supporter - apart from perhaps Gold Coast - and they'll agree it's time.
It'll draw fans from the North-West to Hobart, and Sunday's spectacle will be repeated again and again. The Bombers' arrival couldn't have come at a better time.