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Celebrating Gallen and Farah before the state moves on drastically unaffected without them

Dane Eldridge Columnist

By Dane Eldridge, Dane Eldridge is a Roar Expert

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    New South Wales should stop to appreciate the invaluable contributions made by Paul Gallen and Robbie Farah before our team makes further headway in their absence.

    Much of the state used the glorious Game 1 thrashing of Queensland as an opportunity to highlight negatives and apportion blame, mainly because we’ve become allergic to euphoria.

    This meant that instead of lauding the achievements of the 17 men on the paddock as we experienced this foreign sensation apparently called ‘delight’, many emphasised the vital contribution to the win made by Gallen and Farah.

    This is obviously unfair, and we should really get ourselves checked out by a professional.

    So with the Blues on the cusp of winning a series upon their immediate departure, we should take the opportunity to commemorate the tireless service they provided to a decade brimming with a series win.

    History may paint the recent past in a negative light, but Gallen and Farah will be fondly remembered as the gladiators unjustly conscripted to lead the state into countless campaigns of predictable Queensland ambushes.

    On many occasions they produced numerous single-handed superhuman performances to restrict the enemy to a reasonably low score, and often the Blues to an even lower one.

    But while they will be remembered for leadership qualities that knew no bounds, it is their legacy as revolutionaries that has left an indelible mark on the arena.

    Farah changed the game forever by proving you can be picked from the most helpless position on the first-grade fringes provided the coach is indiscriminately loyal, while Gallen killed off punching.

    Paul Gallen tackles Queensland player Nate Myles

    (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)

    Many say they will be best remembered for their on-field exhibits of truly terrifying fire and brimstone – sometimes even directed towards the opposition – but it is the unspoken moments in camp that are most cherished.

    Teammates were deeply moved by their bristling desire to help others, using the example of Gallen’s single-minded approach to cracking the wifi password in the team hotel by always taking the first, second, fourth and last attempts.

    They also lovingly recall Farah’s steely dedication to the battle regardless of the circumstances, best typified the night he tussled with Gallen for choice of movie at a camp bonding activity.

    Such was their refusal to concede, it eventually resulted in a television ban which was blamed on Mitchell Pearce.

    Theirs was a contribution to the state that is going sadly unnoticed. It is like having our own pair of Tim Glasbys.

    Please take the time to remember the fine groundwork they have laid for the state’s imminent success – a heavenly golden period which newspapers have modestly predicted will last for 10 to 15 series – in which they will have no implication.

    They busted a gut for a decade we’d all prefer to forget, and we must remember them, at least until we win on Wednesday night and move on.

    Dane Eldridge
    Dane Eldridge

    Dane was named best and fairest in the 2004 Bathurst mixed indoor cricket competition. With nothing in the game left to achieve, he immediately retired at his peak to a reclusive life ensconced in the velvet of organised contests. Catch the man on Twitter @eld2_0.

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    • June 19th 2017 @ 7:57am
      Wild Eagle said | June 19th 2017 @ 7:57am | ! Report

      Thurston has one a single title in 10 or so years at the Cows , nobody beat Saints in 11 Grand finals in a row and NSW have lost 10 out the last 11 Origin series.

      Gallen and Farrah have one one premiership in over 10 years of NRL.

      QLD have been blessed with a very superior roster for a decade or so just like Saints were in the sixties but it doesn’t prove certain scapegoats from opposition teams are responsible for all of this success .

      If NSW didn’t have the terrible burden of Gallen , Farrah and Bozo in the background for 10 years no doubt we would have done a lot better many critics would declare.

      I’ve learnt that the thinking of many critical fans doesn’t extend beyond the simplistic and flawed and nothing will alter their views.

      History however tends to focus more on the attributes of the winners.

      • June 19th 2017 @ 12:54pm
        Jay said | June 19th 2017 @ 12:54pm | ! Report

        premierships and SoO victories are two separately things.

        For once, you need to beat 15 other opponents to win a a premiership. SoO is just a a two state annual slogfest.

        Next you will be comparing the NZers poor record at ANZAC tests…

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      June 19th 2017 @ 8:15am
      Squidward said | June 19th 2017 @ 8:15am | ! Report

      Well said.

      Without Gallen we get pumped by a lot more in a few of those bad years. How about the games he missed. Short memories to not remember how we got pummelled in the forwards and not just the backs as usual

      • June 19th 2017 @ 8:46am
        Wild Eagle said | June 19th 2017 @ 8:46am | ! Report

        Not only did QLD have the better players but they were consistently available.

        I recently watched Manlys 3 game semi and GF highlights of their last title in 2011 and Brett Stewart was just too good and fast for his opponents yet NSW were largely robbed of his talents thru injury and fake allegations . If players like Fifita , Hayne and Carney along with snake were consistently available and firing like Gallen history could be a lot different.

    • June 19th 2017 @ 8:40am
      Oingo Boingo said | June 19th 2017 @ 8:40am | ! Report

      I have nothing more to add Dane , except……Go the Blues .

    • June 19th 2017 @ 8:47am
      Ben said | June 19th 2017 @ 8:47am | ! Report

      Paul Gallen is the greatest forward in rugby league history

      • June 19th 2017 @ 8:56am
        Oingo Boingo said | June 19th 2017 @ 8:56am | ! Report

        Just ask him .

      • June 19th 2017 @ 9:00am
        Old Bloke said | June 19th 2017 @ 9:00am | ! Report

        “Paul Gallen is the greatest forward in rugby league history”..100% agree. Qld would not have won 10 out of 11 series without him.

    • June 19th 2017 @ 8:56am
      kk said | June 19th 2017 @ 8:56am | ! Report

      Jest we forget.

      I will remember Robbie, with affection, as the Henry Gondorff of Rugby League.

      That clip of a great white feasting on a whale carcass is how I will remember Paul.

      The NSW Blues will never be the same without them.

    • June 19th 2017 @ 9:19am
      MonkeyMayes said | June 19th 2017 @ 9:19am | ! Report

      Hi Dane,

      There’s so much tongue in cheek in this article, I have no idea what would be an appropriate response – I’m bamboozled.

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