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What they said: Round 1

Post Match | Beveridge Press Conference (Rd1) Luke Beveridge spoke to the media after round one against Sydney.

It was a big weekend in the media for the Bulldogs, and here’s what you may have missed…

The victors were powered by a midfield that was dominant in the first half, featuring high-quality efforts from Jack Macrae (32 disposals), Bontempelli (29), the returning Tom Liberatore (28), Lachie Hunter (26) and Mitch Wallis (26), and a surprisingly dangerous and diverse attack… The Bulldogs' impressive teenage swingman Aaron Naughton produced a game-breaking performance in attack, showing great maturity, smarts and presence, finishing with a game-high three goals. – Marc McGowan, AFL Media journalist

“I was nervous. You’re always nervous when you’ve got time to think and you’ve got downtime and you’re not training and not playing… It’s been a bit of a shaky start (in the JLT series) and a few people were doubting us, so it was nice to stick it to a pretty tough side like Sydney,” – Tom Liberatore told the Herald Sun after his return from a second ACL reconstruction

“My younger brother made that for me when I was a young fella, so I was a bit jealous of the boys wearing the Thor jumper. I know there’s been a lot of talk about it. The strength and power in the Mjolnir … we were after a bit of that tonight and it went OK beating a good side in the Swans. We’re pretty happy. I wanted to get Chris (Hemsworth) to sign that for my younger brother, but he’s taken off, unfortunately, so we’ll have to track him down” – Luke Beveridge after wielding Thor’s hammer in his post-match press conference

Within Marvel Stadium, with the Bulldogs players wearing Thor-inspired jumpers, and without the director intervening too much, the team appeared to find their lines again to produce a crowd-pleasing first episode of what might yet become another memorable thriller. – Peter Ryan, The Age journalist

“He’s going to be a star. I played with a bloke called Alex Rance, I think you know him, he has a lot of similar attributes to him. He’s (Naughton) a big, strong strapping young bloke. He’s got the best pair of dukes I’ve probably ever seen so if we can hold him up forward and not send him back, I’ll be pretty happy.” – Sam Lloyd on AFL Nation about Aaron Naughton

“There is a bloke called Tom Liberatore who came back into that side and had 28 touches, eight clearances and eight inside 50s. He brought some swagger back to a team that desperately needed it; he was chirping away; he was in the face of the opposition; I really loved it.” – former Melbourne great Garry Lyon on SEN

The final word…

“Lin Jong and Fletch Roberts bumped into them in the lift on the way down (post-game). Fletch mentioned that Matt Damon said to them that *American accent on* ‘you guys are awesome’ *American accent off*. So they came down and they said they felt like the real winners of the night.” – Easton Wood on the impact of Hollywood superstars Chris Hemsworth and Matt Damon