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When Bowen Seagulls junior Hamish Piggott shared why he loved playing footy in North Queensland, little did he know he would put the entire Queensland Rugby League office in stitches of laughter.

Nor did the charismatic under 9 player think his enthusiasm and creativity shown in his Meet the Maroons entry would lead to his dreams coming true, being one of eight juniors named to meet their idols and be snapped in the 2022 State of Origin jersey.

Meet the Maroons entry - Hamish Piggott

Receiving hundreds of videos about how great rugby league is to play, the task to cut the large pool of entries to just eight was an almighty one, with so much time and effort put into sharing why rugby league is so fun.

Among the winners who received a personalised letter from Maroons coaches Billy Slater and Tahnee Norris was nine-year-old Joseph Perrett, who is sporting a fashionable mullet all because of Melbourne Storm fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen.

The Currumbin Eagles youngster is a Maroons and Titans fan and loves watching Toby Sexton play because he is a Currumbin junior himself. He also loves making "lots and lots of friends at footy".

Ormeau Shearers under 7 Peyton Teevan with her winning letter from Harvey Norman Queensland Maroons coach Tahnee Norris.
Ormeau Shearers under 7 Peyton Teevan with her winning letter from Harvey Norman Queensland Maroons coach Tahnee Norris.

Ormeau Shearers under 7 player Peyton Teevan, who is off to the Harvey Norman Queensland Maroons photoshoot, shared she wanted to be the next Ali Brigginshaw and is why she loved playing league.

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

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

Meet the Maroons entries

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

Another fan favourite was the submission from the Monaei sisters - Eleanna and Khiana from Albany Creek.

The sister act shared why they loved the greatest game of all so much, including how fun it was to play and the ability to spend quality time with friends.

Meet the Maroons entry - Monaei sisters

A full list of winners can be found below with both Maroons photoshoots taking place in the new year.

Men's photoshoot winners

  • Joseph Perrett - Currumbin Eagles
  • Patterson Braithwaite - Kingaroy Red Ants
  • Mason Leota - Redbank Plains Bears
  • Hamish Piggott - Bowen Seagulls

Women's photoshoot winners

  • Peyton Teevan - Ormeau Shearers
  • Eleanna Monaei - Albany Creek Crushers
  • Khiana Monaei - Albany Creek Crushers
  • Mikayla Zirbel - Newtown Lions