SIGNING OFF: Kylie Giles says she'll finish playing for the Bears with only one disappointment.
SIGNING OFF: Kylie Giles says she'll finish playing for the Bears with only one disappointment. Mike Knott BUN290916GILES2

Bundy Basketball farewelling another familiar face

IT'S official: one of the most experienced Bundaberg Bears is retiring from the sport she loves.

After 21 years in the Queensland Basketball League and plenty of seasons with the Bears, Kylie Giles will no longer be a regular feature at WIN Stadium on Friday and Saturday night.

With the Bears and Bulls recently banished from next year's QBL season, Giles has made the decision to end her career after almost 400 appearances in all competitions.

"Time is not on my side when I'm closer to 40 rather than 20,” she conceded.

"I hope they are back in 2018 but that is a year and a half at least.”

"When your body is 38 or 39 I don't think I can do it anymore.”

When pressed further on her future Giles said that is it even if they return in 2018.

"There would only be interest in training if they came back then,” she said.

"I haven't had that length of time off - one year - in my career so I think I'll enjoy that.”

Looking back at her career, one game springs to mind as the highlight.

"We made the grand final in 2011 and as a town and as an association that would be the highlight for the Bears,” she said.

"I've also played nearly 400 games so to play the amount of games I've played in the league is a huge achievement.”

The only disappointment for Giles was not winning the coveted premiership.

Also defending the decision of the Bears and Bulls leaving the competition, Giles said it was important everyone came together to get them back.

"It was out of our hands, it was a Queensland Basketball decision,” she said.

"If you have ever thought of playing basketball, come out and do it.”

"Young, old, come and give it a try.”

For now though Giles will be focusing on the upcoming Pan Pacific Masters Games on the Gold Coast in basketball, while also playing softball for Bargara in the local competition.

"I've never played softball so that will be interesting,” she said.

"To every person who has come and watched any game I played, thanks. I'd also really like to thanks all sponsors of the club and any coach who has coached me.”

Giles will compete at the Pan Pacs from November 6 to 12.

Last month, Bulls stalwart Willie Shackleford announced he was also leaving Bundaberg, just days after Bundy's two basketball teams were banned from next year's QBL competition over financial troubles.



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