Cullen: What a great opportunity
Burleigh Bears five-eighth Cameron Cullen has his eyes firmly set on Sunday's NRL State Championship showdown with the Illawarra Cutters on NRL grand final day.
Cullen helped book his side's place in the prestigious match by putting in a man-of-the-match performance that saw the Bears defeat the Redcliffe Dolphins 26-16 in the Intrust Super Cup grand final at Suncorp Stadium.
It was Burleigh's first Queensland Cup title since 2004, and they will now fly to Sydney to take part in the match that was only introduced in 2014.
It means this year will be the third instalment, with Queensland teams winning in both previous encounters back in 2014 and 2015.
The pressure is now on the Bears to make it three from three by emulating the efforts of both the Northern Pride (2014 champions) and the Ipswich Jets (2015 champions).
Cullen could hardly contain his excitement when he realised he would be playing on NRL grand final day, telling NRL.com that he cannot wait to run out onto ANZ Stadium with his Burleigh teammates.
"How good will it be! I can't believe it," Cullen said.
"I didn't really think about it too much until one of my mates who goes for the Sharks said he was going down. I then realised that if we won then I'd be playing on the same day.
"What a great opportunity for all the Burleigh boys to get out there on grand final day. They are all going to be stoked."