The best quotes from the AFL grand final


“This is yours mate, you deserve it more than anyone.” – Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge gives his winner’s medal to injured skipper Bob Murphy, prompting an almighty roar of approval from the capacity crowd.

“We’re taking over the world tonight. The first call of business is to get rolling drunk. We’ll get to the taxes tomorrow.” – Murphy, clutching a bottle of champagne in one hand and a beer in the other, celebrates in the Bulldogs rooms.

“We’ll be back. We’re going nowhere.” – Sydney captain Kieren Jack vows the Swans will be looking for redemption next season.

“Straight after the game it probably hurt a little bit more (than 2014) because I felt we had a chance.” – Sydney’s Josh Kennedy says the loss hurt even more than their 2014 capitulation to Hawthorn.

“You need everyone with their shoulder to the grindstone. We didn’t have that even contribution that we definitely needed.” – Swans coach John Longmire gives a blunt assessment of his side’s performance after the game.

“Good luck to Buddy, he kicked one today. But our Tom kicked three – and it could so easily have been four – and took eight marks.” – Bulldogs president Peter Gordon takes a dig at Sydney’s Lance Franklin after Tom Boyd’s huge grand final.

“He can graduate, throw his hat in the air and never come back and play another game – he was unbelievable.” – Beveridge says Tom Boyd’s performance was enough to justify his mega-trade from Greater Western Sydney.

“I may have (broken my back) in the last game against Freo, but who cares now. Everyone plays through injuries.” – Bulldogs defender Dale Morris nonchalantly reveals he played through the finals with cracked vertebrae.

“I just went numb, really. I just couldn’t believe it.” – Norm Smith medallist Jason Johannisen of the moment his name was read out in euphoric scenes after the final siren.

“Footscray people are incredible people; so humble. I’m just so happy – ecstatic.” – Bulldogs legend Tony Liberatore is overjoyed after watching son Tom win the flag that alluded him during his own career.

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