McMah tackles world of league
GYMPIE police officer Danny McMah is ready to play for his country after being picked for the 20-man Australian police team, named yesterday.
The side was picked during an epic on-field battle between Queensland and New South Wales police on Wednesday night – the State of Origin curtain raiser.
A little “battered and bruised” after Wednesday's tough game, McMah is ready to take the fight to New Zealand on Sunday as the Queensland Police side plays at the Warriors home ground.
He flys out tomorrow morning, but caught up with The Gympie Times yesterday to talk about playing at Suncorp Stadium to a record crowd.
“It was pretty good to be playing at Suncorp, the crowd got behind us. They were deafening,” he said.
Even though Queensland Police lost 18 – 30 to the NSW side, McMah said it was a good match.
“It was a really physical game, with a lot of defence.
“They got an early lead away. They were 18 – nil, but we scored three back to back tries, then they scored a charge down off a kick for a lucky try.
“We ran them down. Then a late bit of luck went their way...We just ran out of time.”
After the disappointing loss for the relatively young and inexperienced Queensland police, the Queensland residents belted NSW ahead of the main game, which saw another win for Queensland.
“We'll do better next year with a bit more experience. NSW are a really experienced team.”
McMah said the wins went some way to help ease the pain of losing.
“We were a bit disappointed, but the main emphasis of the night was sending Lockyer out on a high note. It was good to be a part of it all.”
McMah had been out of action for six weeks leading up to the game, with a fractured knee.
“It held up really well. I'll be back on track to be fit for Gympie when they play Maroochydore next week.”
He said it had been a busy two weeks, but worth the pain.