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Last chance to meet the Maroons

There's only one week left to be in the running to meet the Queensland Maroons.

A once in a lifetime opportunity, Queensland Rugby League is encouraging all junior players from under 6 to 12 to submit why they love playing the greatest game of all for their chance to be part of the Queensland Maroons men's or women's photo shoot in 2022.

Eight players aged 12 years and under, and who are registered with a junior rugby league club, will have the chance to mix and mingle with those they idolise now. 

Four children will be picked to attend the Queensland Maroons photoshoot in January, to be photographed with current Maroons stars. 

And four will be picked to attend the Harvey Norman Queensland Maroons photoshoot in March.

Meet the Maroons entries

There have already been some great entries received.

Walkerston Wanderers under 11 fullback Harper Shields shared why he loved playing rugby league in Mackay and who his favourite Maroon is.

"I've loved watching and playing rugby league since I was six because of the running and tackling involved in it," Harper said.

"I also love how it's a team sport.

"My favourite player is Kalyn Ponga for his awesome steps and every time I hit the field, I try to be like him."

Patterson Braithwaite, 11, from the Kingaroy Red Ants has plenty of reasons why he loves playing rugby league.

"I love playing with my friends, tackling, scoring tries and it's just the best game of all," Patterson said, who also shared his favourite player was Johnathon Thurston.

Ormeau Shearers under 7 Peyton Teevan wants to be the next Ali Brigginshaw.

"I want to be the Queensland women's captain and follow in Ali's footsteps to victory," Peyton said.

Harvey Norman Queensland Maroons legend Steph Hancock in 2019.
Harvey Norman Queensland Maroons legend Steph Hancock in 2019.

Currumbin Eagles 9-year-old Joseph Perrett loves making friends while playing footy.

"I make lots and lots of friends," Joseph said.

"I make friends in A Grade, other clubs and even the other teams... and that's cool.

A mad Titans supporter, his favourite player is Toby Sexton who is also from the Currumbin Eagles, and the current haircut the Gold Coast junior has is only because of another youngster in the NRL.

"I have a mullet only because of Ryan Papenhuyzen, because that's how much I love footy," Joseph said.

To enter, simply film a short video telling us why you love playing junior rugby league. Fill out the registration form here and then email your video to competition@qrl.com.au to be in the running.

Entries close midnight on November 20.