McMah makes national police side
GYMPIE police officer Danny McMah is having an unbelievable season on the rugby league field.
While the Gympie Devils centre continues to play his role in the Gympie club’s assault on their first premiership, McMah is also basking in representative glory.
The league player was in Darwin last week for three days where he was a member of a Queensland police league side.
Earlier in the week, the Queensland side spent three days in Brisbane for a training camp and bonding opportunity.
McMah received a state police jersey earlier in the year where he excelled playing for a victorious Wide Bay in state competition.
In Darwin, Queensland played arch rivals New South Wales and an affiliated states outfit, comprising of players drawn from the remaining states and territories.
Queensland overcame the affiliated states team convincingly 38-12 but found the going tough against New South Wales.
When the full time whistle blew, New South Wales had toppled Queensland 28-16.
McMah said the game was the toughest he had been involved in.
“It was the most physical game I have played,” he said.
“The day was also hot as well at 34 degrees, so it was a physical challenge in that regard.”
New South Wales started strongly against their Queensland counterparts, drawing on solid balls skills and a fearsome presence in defence to build a lead on the score board.
“We made too many mistakes in the second half and New South Wales had too much ball for us to really do anything,” McMah said.
Helping the Gympie league player step up to the high level of play was his involvement in the Gympie Devils.
“I think having a strong local competition has been a big help,” McMah said.
“My game has really improved with the standard of footy and I think that has been driving my results.”
Adding to the success of proudly representing Queensland has been the surprise of being announced in an Australian team for a possible trip overseas to play the Solomon Island in December.
McMah said although he didn’t get a lot of ball to impress selectors, he performed strongly in defence to attract attention.
“I thought I would be in with a chance because I did play well, particularly in defence, so it was a good bonus at the end,” he said.
Meanwhile, McMah remains focused as the Gympie Devils move in on the possibility of clinching premiership glory for the first time.
After missing the game against Caloundra, where the Devils lost the minor premiership and Billy Moore Shield, McMah was keen to rejoin the side at the weekend to defeat Kawana away for the final round of play before the finals.
“We have proven ourselves this year because we’ve beaten every team, so a premiership win is not out of the question,” he said.