Thursday, March 26, 2015

Onward to Oxford: Black Forest Bowtruckles

As part of our efforts to preview all 32 teams competing in the European Quidditch Cup (EQC), the Quidditch Post is chatting with representatives from each team. Today we spoke with Adrian Schleeh, captain of the Black Forest Bowtruckles.

Quidditch Post: Your team brought just seven players to the first ever German tournament and was still able to qualify for EQC with ease, winning two of three matches out of snitch range. What are your expectations for EQC?
Adrian: My expectations for the EQC are, first of all, to get some experience. Our team just started in May 2014, and it's our first international tournament. We also know that there will be a lot of strong and experienced teams. I think we have the passion and the will to get through the groupe stage and beyond. And we have one benefit: none of the other European teams have seen us play.

QP: What will it take for your team to make that happen?
Adrian: A lot of practice, for sure! But also tactics and teamwork. I expect 100 percent from my teammates, and I know they not going to let me down.

QP: How is your team preparing for EQC?
Adrian: We practice twice a week and also watch a lot of games from past European tournaments. We also try to be up to date on the recent tactics and try to find our own strategy. The coaching team is talking a lot about our playing style, which still isn’t set.

QP: How would you describe the current playing style?
Adrian: That’s hard to describe. Our playing style is really alterable, and we try new things at every practice. In Oxford, we will try to adjust our tactics to the playing style of our opponent in order to score points.

QP: Can you talk about a few of your team's key players?
Adrian: We don’t have key players; everyone is important.

QP: Are there any teams that you hope to play?
Adrian: Well, I would like to play all the top teams because I think you can learn a lot by playing against great teams.

QP: What do you hope the team takes away from the experience?
Adrian: New strategies and confidence, which we will then convert into motivation to train even harder.

QP: Thanks, Adrian; we appreciate it.

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