Saturday, January 24, 2009

Live radio blogging: Kayserispor v Genclerbirligi

They don't like it up 'em: Handbags after Troisi's third goal.

Good afternoon and welcome to me listening to the radio.

Preview stuff: Winter break is over, although we could easily have played here in Ankara each and every weekend, but we still have one last match to go to finish off what has been a pretty wretched first half of the season for Gencler.

Transfer news: I have no idea what these guys are like but these are the people we brought in over the break. Boja Isailovic (gk) from Serbia, Mile Jedinak from Australia, Vitoria Guimares from Cameroon, Cem Can from Ankaragucu, Eren Aydin returns to Gencler after a stint at Gokcekspor, Hursit Meric from Holland (although he qualifies as a local player) and finally Mehmet Polat from Gaziantep.

That's quite a list. Fingers crossed one or two of them turn out okay because today we have a pretty hard match against Kayserispor, the team that beat us in the Cup final last season. The match is being played in Adana due to work being carried out at Kayseri's home stadium.

I'll be back here at about 1:30 pm for the match itself.

Kayserispor v Genclerbirligi
Kick-off 2pm (1200 GMT)

1:32 pm As Galatasaray and Sivas are playing at the same time as this match I'm not sure if I'll be able to get a "clean" radio feed. This could well be a very short radio report.

The Teams Taken from the Alkaralar forum, so I'm not 100 percent sure they are right. EDIT: In fact they are wrong. Hopefully I can put up the right teams a bit later. EDIT (2) the team for Gencler is now correct.

KAYSERİSPOR: Souleymanou, Mehmet Eren, Eren Güngör, Ali Turan, Bilal Aziz, Mehmet Topuz, Saidou, Ragıp, Olembe, Cangele, Turgay (Aghahowa)

GENÇLERBİRLİĞİ: Bojan, Hakan, Momha, Koray, İlhan, Soner, Jedinak, Mehmet Nas, Troisi, Burhan, Kahe

1:39 pm Found a clean feed :) on the Lig Radyo site.

2:01 pm National anthem played and then "Peep peep" and we are on our way. By the way there are three other matches on at the same time, Ankaragucu - Antalyaspor; Eskisehirspor - Gaziantepspor; and Sivasspor - Galatasaray. Temp in Adana, 10 degrees C.

2:03 pm Working off a free kick Gencler go onto the attack... Keep this up boys.

2:06 pm Goal... No... phew. Off a corner the ball was put in but the referee rules there was a foul on Koray Avci... lucky, lucky, lucky.

2:11 pm Combined with the fact that we have many new players whose names I'm not used to and the fact that this commentator is going for an entry in the Guinness Book of Records as the fastest speaker in Turkish football, I'm having a bloody difficult time understanding what is going on.

2:14 pm Bojan saves a shot, then Kayseri attack and attack but can't get it through. This sounds like it might be a long day for us.

2:18 pm The teams listed before are not right. As far as I can tell Aussie Bruce is not on the field. Gencler's two other Aussies, Mile Jedinak and James Troisi, are playing though, with Troisi seeming to be getting in amongst it.

2:22 pm Kayseri appeal for a penalty. Ref turns it down.

2:25 pm Goool!!!! Aussie James Troisi scores!!!! Love ya mate. Kayserispor 0 - 1 Genclerbirligi.

2:27 pm Commentator says Kayseri are playing the better football. Still, we are ahead.

2:32 pm The goal seems to have woken us up and we appear to be controlling possession. Get another chaps!

2:34 pm A million passes, commentator getting louder and faster and then Jedinak sent it out. Still, Gencler are sounding dangerous. Of course, this being Gencler this is the point when we will probably give a way a soft goal.

2:38 pm Still no goals from the other three matches.

2:42 pm Ooocchh. Soner almost scores, ball just out. Commentator says Kayseri are not paying attention.

Half-time First half done. 1-0 up and Gencler are playing much much better after Troisi's goal. This is good stuff. Off for a fag and a beer. Back soon.

Half-time musings So Aybaba decided to play four of the new transfers today and it seems to be paying off. Going in with only one striker in Kahe suggests a defensive approach but listening to the commentary and what seems to be a very nice midfield work (multiple quick passes between Burhan, Mehmet Nas, Jedinak and Troisi) it seems to be working. By the way, who is the Melbourne person who is refreshing this page every two minutes? Reveal yourself! Send us an e-mail through the "Contact us" button on the right of the page and I'll publish it here.

Half-time edit update I've fixed the team line-up for Gencler. It is near the top of this report.

Other half-time scores
Ankaragucu 0 - 0 Antalyaspor
Eskisehirspor 0 - 1 Gaziantepspor
Sivasspor 0 - 0 Galatasaray

3:05 pm Kick-off and Troisi almost scores but is denied after a great tackle by a Kayseri defender, Kayserispor counter attack but it petres out (or should that be "peters out").

3:07 pm Kayseri are attacking hard. Get a corner... but we get it out of there... Hadi Cocuklar!

3:09 pm Oh dear

3:09 pm Kayseri score after a corner. Kayserispor have been full on attacking. Kayserispor 1 - 1 Genclerbirligi

3:11 pm My radio feed is fading... (like Gencler's performance). I might be a minute or two behind the action.

3:16 pm Yessssssss!!!!!! Jedinak sends in a cross and Troisi scores a "harika" goal. Lovin' it. Aussie assists Aussie. Kayserispor 1 - 2 Genclerbirligi.

3:20 pm My radio feed is really buggering up now. Bloody interwebs.

3:22 pm Radio back... I hope. Still one up. Sivas have gone ahead against Galatasaray. Good stuff. All we need now is for Ankaragucu to score against Antalya.

3:27 pm I'm going to kill my internet provider. My speed has collapsed and the radio is having to buffer every four seconds. I'm going to restart everything and hope things get better.

3:31 pm Penalty.... Kahe missed. A red card for someone. Radio is back... I think.

3:33 pm Burhan is going off. New signing Cem Can coming on. As for the penalty they should have let Troisi take it... give him a hat trick.

3:34 pm Kahe stuffs up again. A mistake from Kayseri and he misses. Then Troisi sends a shot in that is saved. In three minutes we have missed three goals. Get it together!

3:37 pm Sivas are 2-0 up while the bad news is that Ankaragucu are losing 0-1 to Antalyaspor.

3:38 pm Aussie Bruce is on for Kahe. I really don't know what is going on. this radio feed is pissing me off.

3:40 pm Kayseri should have scored but the shot was terrible. I hate this part of the game.... Why can't we put this one away, we are a goal and a man up. I need a cigarette. Back in a second.

3:48 pm Just missed another, this time from Mehmet Nas but the ball stays in play and Troisi gets his hat trick!!! Kayserispor 1 - 3 Genclerbirligi.

3:49 pm The match must be over by now but my radio feed is lagging by a couple of minutes.

3:51 pm Troisi has had a brilliant match. Aussie Bruce almost scores... Come on... rub it in, just a minute or so to go... make it four!

3:54 pm The commentator is praising Troisi to the sky. He is also praising the new transfers Jedinak and Momha.

3:55 pm "Peep, peep, peep" and that's it. What a great start. Just our fourth win of the year. I'm a happy man. Kayserispor 1 - 3 Genclerbirligi.

Post-match Well, well, well. A great result away from home and what a great match from Troisi, a hat trick against the team that beat us in the Turkish Cup final last season (where they played for a boring 0-0 draw right from the kick-off). Never did get an e-mail or comment from our Melbourne watcher who updated the site every two minutes. Oh well, at least he or she should be happy with what is probably a historic first - an Aussie scoring a hat trick in a Turkish league match. But Melbourne dude --- do send us a message, we would love to know who you are.

Other Results
Ankaragucu 0 - 1 Antalyaspor
Eskisehirspor 1 - 1 Gaziantepspor
Sivasspor 2 - 0 Galatasaray

Farewell all from a happy Oz Kanka and get prepared for a depressed Sir Eski Kanka to give us a report on Ankaragucu's defeat soonish.


  1. This live blogging thingie is the brain-child of Oz Kanka and he is to be congratulated on this innovation.

    I'll be on my way to the Stadium for the Ankaragucu v Antalya match, but I hope you have some punters who will make comments during the match.

    C'mon Gencler. Gencler ! Gencler ! clap... clap ...... clap !!!

  2. Good luck, we need you lot to beat Antalya.

  3. Anonymous6:55 pm

    Brilliant! Aussies are making our day. Both on and off-field (Troisi & Oz Kanka) :)

  4. Thank you Dan the Man, your comment made my day.

  5. Anonymous3:50 am

    great stuff

    how come Djite came on so late though??

  6. Great report Oz Kanka.

    You were right, of course. My report is full of depression. However, reading YOUR report put the smile back on my face !!