David Nielsen

Kane becomes new Force after national experience

IPSWICH basketballer Kane Bishop won't get another chance to represent Queensland at the Australian under 20 tournament.

However, he returns to Ipswich Force training tonight encouraged by the beneficial opportunity he received over the past week.

Bishop, who turns 19 in April, was part of the Queensland team which finished sixth at the annual Australian under 20 and Ivor Burge championships hosted by Ipswich.

The Ipswich product played in every game, scoring 14 points and snaring eight rebounds against Western Australia.

He rated Queensland's opening victory over Victoria White the team's best performance.

Victoria White won the silver medal after losing Saturday night's final 91-61 to Vic Navy, a team with five Australian junior representatives.

"It was great fun,'' Bishop said, preparing to rejoin his Force teammates for the 2016 Queensland Basketball League season.

"The tournament was good. It was very competitive.

"It was a very good experience against some tough players the whole week.

"Every team could beat every other team.''

Bishop (pictured in action last week) saw first hand why the Victorian sides are so powerful at basketball.

"They are a lot more physical and they have got a lot more bigger bodies,'' the Springfield-based sportsman said.

"Physically, they are way above everyone else.''

Bishop was pleased to complete the intensive week of matches without any injury worries.

It was the first time Ipswich hosted the elite championships.

The former Ipswich Grammar School student is keen to focus on securing more game time in this year's state league.

"Hopefully we can put some good training sessions together and start building the team,'' he said.

The Ipswich Force men's and women's state league teams open their 2016 campaigns against the Gold Coast at Ipswich stadium on April 30.

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