A love of footy became the making of Mal Meninga - Herald Sun

ARTHUR Beetson taught Mal Meninga who he was but it was Norm Meninga who taught him where he’d come from and how far he could go.

As Big Mal readies his Maroons to run roughshod over NSW at Suncorp on Wednesday night, the lessons Mal learnt on so many long journeys beside his father will be the things driving him and his team.

Norm Meninga always seemed to be driving when Mal was a kid. And Mal was almost always with him, bouncing along beside Norm in the old Holden on the bumpy Burnett Highway between Monto and Thangool. It was nearly 200km there and back, three times a week, to captain-coach the Thangool Possums with Mal as the ballboy. Sometimes Mal would get carsick but it was worth it to see his father play. READ MORE

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