Drought-breakers talk of the towns
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"This is yours mate, you deserve it more than anyone."
Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge showed genuine class when he called Bob Murphy up on stage at the grand final, giving his Jock McHale Medal to the injured captain.
"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, a much-loved member of the AFL and the Dogs, said the party was only just beginning.
"We'll be back. We're going nowhere."
Swans co-captain Kieren Jack was disappointed to lose his second grand final in three years.
"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 was proud of Tom Boyd for his outstanding game last Saturday, and used the result to take a dig at Sydney forward Lance Franklin.
"He can graduate, throw his hat in the air and never come back and play another game - he was unbelievable."
Beveridge lauded Boyd for his performance in what proved to be a tumultuous year in which the young forward suffered a shoulder injury, spent extended time in the VFL and earned a club-imposed suspension for punching teammate Zaine Cordy.
"I may have (broken my back) in the last game against Freo, but who cares now. Everyone plays through injuries."
Dale Morris did alright for a veteran with an injured back.
"To all you people out in the Shire, turn your porch lights off because we’re coming home with the trophy."
Cronulla captain Paul Gallen was ecstatic to break his club's premiership duck.
"You guys have been waiting a very long time for this moment and it’s taken a lifetime and many people who supported the club for a very long time didn’t see a premiership, but everyone here has and I hope you enjoy it thoroughly. Well done."
Even when he was feeling down about losing the grand final, Storm skipper Cameron Smith stood tall.
"I think the speech at the end by Cameron Smith was graciousness personified."
Channel Nine commentator Peter Sterling nailed it.
"I saw how much it meant to people when I came down the side. I saw ET, his eyes were full of tears … we did it for all the ex-players. It’s just amazing."
Sharks coach Shane Flanagan said the premiership win was for all the players, such as 328-gamer Andrew Ettingshausen, who missed out when they were at the club.
"I’m going to Cronulla. I’m going to Cronulla. No, I can’t go back to sleep. I’m going to Cronulla."
It was in the middle of the night that Clive Churchill medallist Luke Lewis made his decision to leave Penrith at the end of the 2012 season.
"The actual winning part of winning a grand final can feel so fleeting. Especially after waiting so many years. And the 20 schooners consumed while watching the winning doesn’t help the remembering. So it makes sense that you need to get your face tattooed so you can wake up every morning and be reminded. And so can your wife, husband, the newsagent and your boss."
Skin Deep Tattoo Newtown manager Kiefer Hennings said fans should get tattoos to remember the moment they were celebrating a premiership victory.
"Two years ago when the coach got suspended for the season, a group of mates I go to football with said he should’ve got sacked but I thought he should be brought back. I said ‘if we win a premiership with him as the coach I’ll get a tattoo with his signature’. I couldn’t get it on my arse, so I went on my arm instead."
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