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Mini Maroon Emily ecstatic to meet her favourite players

The Harvey Norman Queensland Maroons had some extra special fans cheer them on before their Ampol State of Origin victory last Friday night, with 13 lucky young winners given the opportunity to meet the team at their captain’s run at Sunshine Coast Stadium.

Emily Agby was one of winners of the competition who, thanks to Harvey Norman, got the chance to mingle with the players and said she enjoyed experience of coming out to meet everyone.

Harvey Norman Queensland Maroons captain Ali Brigginshaw runs out for the captain's run. Photo: Nathan Hopkins / QRL
Harvey Norman Queensland Maroons captain Ali Brigginshaw runs out for the captain's run. Photo: Nathan Hopkins / QRL

For her entry into this year’s Harvey Norman Mini Maroons competition, seven-year-old Emily showed off her creative writing skills with a poem about her favourite player Ali Brigginshaw:

‘Ali Brigginshaw plays with style and flair.
My favourite Harvey Norman Maroons player beyond compare.
Fit, inspiring, game time fun!
Ali's definitely my number one!!’

All of the winners not only got to watch the final training session, but also had their photo taken with the team and presented the team with a guard of honour for their last training run.

Competition winner Emily Agby at the Harvey Norman Queensland Maroons captain's run at Sunshine Coast Stadium. Photo: Colleen Edwards / QRL
Competition winner Emily Agby at the Harvey Norman Queensland Maroons captain's run at Sunshine Coast Stadium. Photo: Colleen Edwards / QRL

Emily – who also likes to watch rugby league and does taekwondo, swimming and netball – came to the session with her mum Melanie, who said they were both “very excited” to be there.

“We got up early this morning and we have been counting down the days until we got here,” Melanie said.

“We came up from Brisbane; we drove from Brisbane, went to the beach this morning and had an adventure day.

“We are hoping to come back tomorrow (night for the game), should be a good day.”