Gallen's dad to don lucky jersey for 'game of the century'
A LUCKY jersey and what is shaping as "the game of the century" could combine to see arguably one of Origin's greatest warriors go out a winner tomorrow night.
Garry Gallen, the father of Blues' skipper Paul Gallen, will wear the same NSW jumper he's donned for every game the Cockroaches have won since 2013.
The lucky charm was at work in the second match of 2013, during last year's three games, when he insists the third "dead" game did not count, and this year, in Melbourne, when the Blues asserted a worryingly strong dominance.
"If they do win I hope he does stop (playing rugby league's toughest series),'' Mr Gallen said of his son.
"But I wouldn't want to talk to him about that before the game.
"If he does he will go out as one of the greats of the game. He puts Origin above everything.
"But Paul wants his Test jersey back.
"He wasn't guilty of the ASADA charges. If he'd played the Four Nations series he would have had an equal number of caps as Wally Lewis.
"He didn't play the last three games (for Australia) and we lost the lot.
"I've got big wraps on him. I say 'no Gallen, no hope'.
"If they do win, Paul may go out (of Origin) a winner. Then he could concentrate on his club.
"Another 30 games and he'll finish (his career) with 275."
His dad may have placed his faith in a lucky sky blue jersey but his grandson Cody is considered by the NSW skipper to be his lucky charm.
The youngster, his sister Charly and Paul's wife Annie will be on hand for the match.
It's one Garry believes is shaping as one of the best in Origin's 35-year history. The first match was played on July 7, 1980 at Lang Park.
Will it be the game of the series?
"It could be the game of the century,'' Mr Gallen said.