Back from Porto: Interview with Anne Bollrich
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Anne Bollrich, the queen of the European Championships in Porto (Photo by Hans Bergström 2012)
Interview with Anne Bollrich (AB), Germany and MGC Mainz
This interview was done the 30th of September 2012. Interviewer is Hans Bergström (HB).
HB: First of all a big congratulation to your phenomenal results in Porto. Have these successes sunk in yet and you are back in normal life?
AB: Thank you. I needed some days till I was back in normal life and recognize this big success, but for me this change was not so hard, because I still had holidays and could relax.
HB: Can you tell our readers a little bit on who is Anne Bollrich?
AB: I am 20 years old and since that season I play for the 1. MGC Mainz. Primarily I started playing minigolf in Leipzig, when I was 10 years old.
2006 I managed the National break through, so that I was called in the Youth National Team. Since that time I played many national and international tournaments.
In my “normal life” I am studying packaging technology and earn some money with correcting mathematic tasks.
HB: You made your debut in the general class this year. How was that compared to the juniors?
AB: There were some differences, but not that big ones: In the general class you have to be more independent, looking for balls and stroke variations. Also the practice is longer and harder, but it makes not less fun.
But one important thing the Youth and Adult Team have in common – the big team spirit, which makes both so strong.
HB: Let’s start with German Team gold. After day one you were only in fourth. Were you ever nervous to actually miss out on the ladies team medals?
AB: On the first day we played not in the way we had done in the practice before. So I knew that we only could get better. Because we only lay some strokes behind the first place, I also knew that we have the chance to win, if we concentrate on our play.
HB: Then you and the team were too strong for the other teams in the windy second day. Can you tell us about how the team experiences were this time?
AB: It is great to play in the German Team. I think no country has a bigger team spirit - which exists over the whole tournament and not only for two days.
HB: And for yourself you started a bit slow the first day but then played better and better ending in a bronze position in stroke play. Are you happy with your results in stroke play?
AB: Yes, I am really happy about this. After the first day I was very disappointed about my play and I never thought that in the end I would reach such a good result. Even in my last round I did not recognize that I was so closed to the top players.
HB: The last lanes you saw the drama with Sara, Natasja and Bianca from the green house. How did it feel to sand there as leader knowing that you could win or be out of medals depending on what these tree did in the last lanes?
AB: It was a strange feeling. I hoped that Bianca would win and maybe some of the others would weaken. But then everything went different than wished.
Finally I had to play the sudden death against Bianca and so in this moment I could not really be happy about my third place.
HB: And also in the matchplay you played very well, making it all the way to gold. Can you tell us about this day?
AB: In the Youth category I never reached to win, and often get out in the first round, so I really dislike the match play mode. But this year something was different. Maybe it was the easiness of playing my first year in the adult team without having much pressure, which brought me till gold medal.
HB: This championship was a big breakthrough for the younger generation with you, Sara Karlsson, Karin Heschl and Jana Nakladalova. All of you being junior stars in the last years and now also in the top of general class. Are you here to stay now or was this just a one-time success?
AB: Sure I want to stay!
HB: One the course you are not the shouting and screaming type but much more reserved with your celebrations. Do you think this is good or bad for your game?
AB: I want to concentrate on my play and (till now) I don’t need the screaming for myself. I think this behavior has a good but also a bad side: The calmness gives a secure feeling to other team members (let them know that everything works well). But screaming and a good body language could also bring the team forward. So maybe I should work on that.
HB: There are also some talented juniors still to come in Germany like Vanessa Peuker, Katharina Benn and Annika Dellman. Do you think there will be a totally new ladies lineup from Germany within some years from now?
AB: I do not know. All of them are good players, but even if they can hold their high level play, the “old hands” will not leave the National Team voluntary.
HB: Do you think that the current modus with team play, strokeplay and matchplay in the international tournaments is a good one?
AB: I think it is better and fairer than two years before. But based on the fact that now two individual titles exist, the Team competition has been shorted. In my opinion it is not good; so maybe it would be better if the first two rounds of the third day would also be used for the Team competition.
HB: You and your team Mainz will go to Portugal again soon for the European Cup in Vizela. What are your hopes on that tournament?
AB: Unfortunality I do not go there, because I have an important trip of my study. We make an excursion to different enterprises in Germany which have to do with packaging technology; so it is important for my future. Nevertheless I have some hopes for this tournament: I want the German Teams, especially Mainz, to win!
HB: Last weekend the German Bundesliga season 12-13 starts again. You and your club Mainz started off with a third place. Any outlooks on what will happen and who will win in the end?
AB: We are not satisfied with the third place, so we want to get better.
It was only the first of six match days, so our aim to win the German Bundesliga, is more difficult but not impossible.
HB: Will we see you in the next year’s Championship in Bad Munder?
AB: I cannot say, the German head coach makes the decisions. But if I show good results during the season, I hope to play there.
HB: If you could choose one international (non-German) player to play for you club MGC Mainz who would that be?
AB: Anja Derks
HB: Thank you for taking this interview and good luck in the future!
AB: Thank you, too.