Kyrgyzstan wins the Asian Winter Games Premier Division 2011

Kyrgyzstan wins the Asian Winter Games Premier Division 2011

05 Feb 2011 | Henrik Lundqvist

The Kyrgyzstan national team participated for the first time in a major event when they started in the Asian Winter Games in Kazakhstan. Six wins in six games. 95 goals scored - double digits in all games.

 
 
 
 
The Premier Division of the Asian Winter Games is actually the second level. The first level is called Top Division. In the Top Division that will end tomorrow plays Kazakhstan, Japan, South Korea, China and Chinese Taipei (Taiwan).

Kyrgyzstan dominated the Premier Division from the start. In the first game of the tournament Kyrgyzstan easily beat Thailand 15-4. Thailand ended eventually up in a second place of the seven teams. In the other games Kyrgyzstan beat United Arab Emirates 14-0, Mongolia 13-3, Malaysia 23-2, Bahrain 15-10 and finally Kuwait 15-4.

Of course the top scorer list of the tournament was dominated by Kyrgyzstan players. Artyom Kolobov (born 1992!) was outstanding with 13 goals and 23 assists. After him followed Yuri Zhuravlev (7+22) and Igor Kryukov (13+15).

Thailand lead by Tewin Chartsuwan, Kim Aarola and Likit Neimwan-Andersson won all games after the loss to Kyrgyzstan and finished in second place. In the last game Thailand played United Arab Emirates in a game to decide who would finish second and who would have to settle with the bronze medals. Thailand won 9-2.

Mongolia captured the fourth place after beating Malaysia 6-5 on the final day. Malaysia was placed fifth but had the best scorer of the tournament besides the Kyrgyzstan players. Ban Kin Loke scored 14 goals and 11 assists.

Kuwait avoided the last place by beating Bahrain 23-0 in the last game. Bahrain was not nearly enough to compete with the other teams. Six losses;  0-25, 0-29, 0-25, 1-21, 10-15, 0-23.

# Club G W W-OT D L-OT L Score P
1Kyrgyzstan66000095:23 18
2Thailand65000170:22 15
3United Arab Emirates64000248:27 12
4Mongolia63000335:37 9
5Malaysia62000446:59 6
6Kuwait61000541:40 3
7Bahrain60000611:138 0
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