Trevor Thurling looks for first Queanbeyan Blues Canberra Raiders Cup premiership

Queanbeyan Blues forward Trevor Thurling in action against the Queanbeyan Kangaroos in the Canberra Raiders Cup major semi-final two weeks ago. Photo: Melissa Adams.

Queanbeyan Blues forward Trevor Thurling in action against the Queanbeyan Kangaroos in the Canberra Raiders Cup major semi-final two weeks ago. Photo: Melissa Adams.

Queanbeyan Blues forward Trevor Thurling has not won a grand final with the club since his under-17s days, but will be out to make amends for that on Sunday when the Blues take to Seiffert Oval against Goulburn in the Canberra Raiders Cup grand final.

The ex-Canberra Raider even said that a win on Sunday would be just as good as winning an NRL premiership.

Thurling played 100 matches in the NRL with the Raiders and Bulldogs, before injuries forced him to retire in 2012.

He agreed to join the Queanbeyan Blues, the club he played his junior football for, in the 2013 season. After missing out on a premiership win last year, Thurling said he was out for success in the Canberra Raiders Cup grand final this weekend.

"I'll be just as happy to win this as I would've been to win one at NRL level," Thurling said.

"To win a grand final in anything is massive."

Thurling was denied premiership glory by cross-town rivals the Queanbeyan Kangaroos in a heartbreaking 17-16 grand final loss last season.

"We were outplayed by the Roos on the day, but this year we've slowly built up our preparation, and we've hit our straps at the right time of the year," he said.

The Blues signalled a warning to their fellow finalists in the major semi-final two weeks ago when they thumped the Kangaroos 43-10.

However Thurling said a similar effort would be required if they were to win the silverware this weekend.

"We're going to have to come out firing, be physical, and make sure our line speed is up to scratch," he said.

"Whoever dominates possession, along with winning the ruck on the ground, is going to win the game."

Thurling said hard work will be key to the Blues success on Sunday, and he knows he'll have a part to play in the team.

"I try and play my best football each week," he said.

"I still try and run hard every time I've got the ball, make all my tackles, and be dominant in everything I do."

The forward said his experience would help him to "make good decisions with the ball", and provide some direction in pressure situations.

"I like to think I bring a bit of leadership," he added.

Goulburn will have their tails up after defeating the Kangaroos in the preliminary final last weekend, but Thurling said the Blues were confident enough in their game plan to take out the title.

"You've got to be wary of them," he said.

"For us it's not so much about the opposition we're playing. We know that if we can complete our sets in attack, we've got the strike power and the ability up the middle to win games."

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