Danny McMah guides side to victory
GYMPIE police officer and Devils A grade rugby league player Danny McMah had a pivotal role in guiding a Wide Bay representative side to victory in the Queensland Police Carnival last weekend.
The annual event was staged in Kingaroy and McMah, 23, was in outstanding form during Wide Bay’s emphatic final victory.
Overcoming a Brisbane team brimming with talent 28-12 in the final, the Gympie police officer narrowly missed out on man of the match honours.
“It was a really physical game,” he said.
“We were sitting at 16-6 at half time and managed to get ourselves into a good position for the rest of the match.”
Initially, both teams locked horns and wrestled for the first 15 minutes – neither able to break free to post points on the scoreboard.
Playing centre-left, McMah scored the opening try for Wide Bay, helping to shift momentum.
From there, Wide Bay assumed control of the match and managed to streak to full time with a 16 point win.
In the lead up to the final against Brisbane, Wide Bay played two matches against Far North Queensland and the Gold Coast.
McMah, who has struggled with injuries in recent years, has returned to peak fitness after an ideal pre-season hit out with the Devils and was able to score six tries in total for the carnival.
“I had a good carnival,” he said.
“It’s good to have that fitness back again and to be playing the footy I used to (before the injuries).”
Having won the Queensland Police Carnival, McMah’s journey has not come to an end.
The league player was selected in Kingaroy to receive a Queensland jersey to play arch rivals New South Wales in Darwin in August.
It’s a massive honour and alongside the chance to thump the blues, a berth on an Australian team will also be on the line.
It’s a lot to play for but McMah is more than up for the challenge.
“It’s just amazing to be selected in the Queensland side,” he said.
“It’s a real honour and I will have to work really hard to have a shot at Australian selection.”
If selected to don on the green and gold, McMah will play for his country against New Zealand and Great Britain.
The Gympie league talent said he would not chance much in the lead up to the clash against New South Wales.
“I play a lot of footy for the Devils, and the Sunshine Coast competition is really strong,” he said. “It will be excellent preparation.”
Provided McMah can remain injury free, the league star will be a formidable opponent for New South Wales to contend with.
Meanwhile, the Queensland rep will step out with the Devils this weekend away against the Noosa Pirates.