by Manon Herbelin
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With an average of 16.8 points since the start of the season, and in particular an average of 2.9 baskets of three points per game, Camille Buchen is having a very good season in the Pre-National. Currently in the maintenance battle, she often delivers wins for her team from Bretteville-sur-Odon. She returns to us on her career, her relationship with basketball, her feelings about the season, as well as her future goals.
Camille, you’re currently a player from Bretteville-sur-Odon, Pre-National, can you tell us a little bit about your career since your debut?
I’ve been playing basketball since I was little. I started in Mondville as a chick, then as a boy. Next, I joined the Hope Pole and the France Simple Team at Mondeville as well as the Normandy Bass picks. These were my best years, and I have incredible memories of them on a human level, really. I think about the final stages of the French championship in particular, and even if I wasn’t a major player, it would have been amazing to be able to experience such an adventure at my age. In terms of basketball, there have been ups and downs, and I think if I had the mentality and fighting spirit that I have today, I would have less regret. I cross paths with coaches like Samuel Vallée and Emmanuel Cœuret, who have given me a lot technically. Then I joined the training center, but I was not ready technically, mentally, nor at the level. Then I went through several clubs, alternating the stop and Pre-National phases since I had two kids. And for three years I signed up in Bretteville-sur-Odon where I really feel included and involved in the life of the club.
You are having a very good season, how do you look at these shows?
I don’t have a reputation for being an easy-going player, I can quickly get angry at myself if I miss my first shot, walk out of the match and mumble like a kid. But I’m aware of my flaws and work a lot on them, even if I still struggle to orientate myself at times.
I think as you get older, you become mature, and now I can handle my frustrations on the field better. My teammates and coaches know me now and everyone is cheering. Physically, I also upgraded, and worked really hard during the dungeons. I think those two benchmarks mean it’s been a long time coming, and I don’t even think, that I’ve been consistent over an entire season. I’m having a lot of fun on the pitch this year.
“September’s team is not the same today”
Sometimes you let your team win the match, especially at La Glacierie or in the last match against Vire. What is your role in the team?
I think I have a role as an offensive captain in the team, especially thanks to my speech. That’s why I’m keen on working on my behavior to try to get the team to be there as much as possible in my game, and to give as much as possible to the team. On the other hand, I’m not a missile in defense, but I always try to do my best because I believe the match is also won with will and that even at 30 you can still progress if you work hard.
On a collective level, you are fighting for maintenance. Are you satisfied with this season in general?
We can’t replay matches, but from my point of view, we deserve better. We put in great performances against the big teams, losing ground in the last minutes. Our worst enemy is ourselves, we don’t trust ourselves at all. I think we have to work on that, show more fighting spirit, keep working hard to earn confidence and reproduce what we are doing in training in matches. For some, the Pre-National experience was the first and there was a huge individual progression, I’m especially thinking of Anais Leroy. We’re training hard, we have a chance of being in the tenth of almost every training session, and so I think we’re ready for the wins we need to keep ourselves. We lacked experience in this first full year in the Pre-National, but overall, I find that the first match team in September is no longer the team of the match against Fire. We’ve made progress both collectively and individually, that’s for sure.
“I haven’t made any decisions for next year.”
With the experience you have, we can imagine that you can develop a team that plays the top hen, is that a personal goal?
Inevitably, the results at the end of the season will influence my choice for next year. I had so much fun this pre-national season that I would like to continue at this level. Because you lived it younger, on all levels, played at the top of the table in a team sport and won a championship, these are unbelievable moments. Obviously I would be lying if I said I wouldn’t think twice if I was offered a project in a senior team or higher. But I also know that the atmosphere of the team and the club has a lot to do with the course of the season. Bretteville is a family club where it’s really nice to play at all levels. The recruitment project for next season is very exciting so I haven’t made any decisions yet.
In the locker room… who is more….
Talkative : Clea, tells us about her life H24.
singer/dancer : Mathilde without any hesitation. When warming up, we sometimes have to tell him to turn the music down. Then there are some wine Sundays…
studious : It’s Laura. The rules are the rules. It does not break the law.
bad loser : I’m a really bad loser, but because I find it hard to hide. I think Anis is more discreet than me but he’s a bad loser.
grumbler : It’s Clea, especially when Frank is doing physical training!!
geek : Charlize is trying to revise her lessons in Mathilde’s car that plays music.
head in the air : Knowing that I’ve already forgotten my shoes three times, my sports bra five times for a match and lost my car keys about ten times…the result appears quickly.
funny : I would say Mathew, she always does stupid things.
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