FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ERZURUM GENÇLİK SPOR CLUB
MARCH 10, 2013
By B.C. Ryan
By B.C. Ryan
GENÇLİK SPOR clinched a spot in the semi finals of the Super League of Turkey. The season has been a great success according to GSIM managers. Two thirds of GENÇLİK SPOR team is under 19 years old. GSK only has one import player on the club. None of the Turkish players are paid. GENÇLİK SPOR upset K.B.B KAĞIT SK a veteran professional club 6-4 last Sunday to clinch playoff position. This is the second consecutive trip to Super League Semi Finals under coach McAdams leadership. GSK has only participate 2 seasons in the Super league and this is the third year participating in TBHF league.
Interview with Keith McAdams
"For me it been a very hard year," Said Keith McAdams Head Coach. " We missed 9 weeks of quality practice because we did not have enough players; the players were in National Camps and now at University Games Tournament. It has been very hard to prepare both the senior club and U18 this season because we have not had a full team at practice. In the past the TBHF worked around these events. This year the focus has been on developing the National Teams. I am happy for our players and we have done the best we can with the situation."
The University Games start this week, how will that affect your team?
" We will lose three national players; TOLGA BAYBURTLU, MUHAMMED KALKAN, and ALPARSLAN BAKANOĞLU. "We lose AHMET KARAMAN, KERIM ÇINTIMAR, YAKUP ARSLAN and Burak Polat for 14 days. This makes it impossible to prepare correctly for the Playoffs. We are a few years away from being in the same class as the other three clubs in the playoffs. We will stick to our plan to developing our young players. Playing in the Super League playoffs is a great experience for our young players. We will give them lots of ice time and do our very best."
How do you think the team did this season?
"I been very frustrated how the season has gone. Our preparation is off because players are with the National Team programs. We had 12 players play with the National Team. Six players have played on U16, U17 and U18 teams. We had 5 players play for IIHF Development program. Hockey has grown 10 fold in Erzurum, which had led to some growing pains. Particular under 14 program. I am coaching 3 teams together, with different level of skills. So I think we are not at the same level as last year when we won the National Championship. But I think we are in top three teams in Turkey. We have had some problems in the organization as far as scheduling, equipment and obtaining practice time because of the increase in participants. The U18 team has a chance to win National Championship, we are young, but I think we have a chance. All but 1 player was 15 years or younger when we started in September. Next year we lose our Captain ABDÜLKADİR İNANÇ, but we have five strong players to replace him."
What plans are in the Future?
" I have taken over a Manager of the teams. We will make a five year development plan for hockey in Erzurum over the next two months. We will put this program in writing for all to see. We will create and start marketing hockey. This is something that has not been done in Turkey. Turkey has had hockey since before 1989. But has never ever produced a written plan, clear set of goals to develop hockey and market the game."
|SÜPER LİG PUAN DURUMU|
|1||BAŞKENT YILD. SK||12||12||0||0||0||36||189||38||151|
|2||İZMİR B.B SK||12||10||0||0||2||30||205||39||166|
|3||K.B.B KAĞIT SK||12||7||0||0||5||21||143||59||84|
|4||ERZ. GENÇLİK SK||12||5||0||1||6||16||91||124||-33|
|5||TRUVA PATEN SK||12||4||1||0||7||14||71||88||-17|
|6||B.B ANKARA SK||12||3||0||0||9||9||45||152||-107|
|7||İST. PATEN SK||12||0||0||0||12||-3||18||262||-244|
SENIOR TURKISH NATIONAL TEAM CAMP
U20 TURKISH NATIONAL TEAM
TOLGA BAYBURTLU (GK)
ALPARSLAN BAKANOĞLU (3 TIME NATIONAL TEAM PLAYER INJURED DID NOT PLAY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS)
U18 TURKISH NATIONAL TEAM
U18 IIHF DEVELOPMENT TEAM
U17 TURKISH NATIONAL TEAM
Yusuf Kenan Kars
U16 TURKISH NATIONAL TEAM