Basque Pelota Updates (June 2016-April 2017)

This is a current awareness blog that links to the latest sources of information on Basque Pelota matches and Tournaments. It covers both North and South Basque modalities: Mano, Main Nue, Pala, Paleta, Remonte, Cesta Punta, Jai Alai, and minor modalites. We link to match articles, statistics and video highlights and/or full match videos.

Monday, May 1, 2017

SUSPENSION OF BLOG

After a little over a year of doing this blog and the weekly reports that preceded it, I have decided to suspend production. If and when I resume, you will be able to find the resumption here. This was an experiment in Librarianship to attempt to bring many sources together to produce  an easily accessible digest of BP. After 301 posts and 8 weekly reports before that, I have come full circle, following, to the best of my ability, one year in the cycle of BP. As the cycle begins again, I feel this is a good time to stop and pursue other things for a while. I will leave everything as it is for the use of those who might want to use it as an index or source of reference.

Thank you for your support.

Zure garraiolari eskerrak

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Jai Alai/Cesta Punta--FFPB 2017 Coupe de France Pro-Am Final

The Federation Francaise de Pelote Basque (FFPB) 2017 Coupe de France Pro-Am competition was held at Fronton Euskal Jai, Biarritz (1) (2) from January 26 to April 27, 2017. Partial results of the tournament are available at the Biarritz Athletic Club website

April 27, 2017.

Final

A.S Hossegor (Moresmau-Etcheverry)(blue) defeated Pau (Curveur-A. Alliez) (red) 2-1 (15-9, 6-15,10-5)

Full match video (Canal+ via Audiense Audiovisueal Youtube site.

Brief match article and 5 photos (Jai Alai News Facebook page)

FFPB photos (scroll through the photos to the "National A" section.

This year the amateurs beat the players with professional experience in a match that was close, although none of the sets were.

As always, the Canal+ coverage was terrific.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Main Nue: Baptiste Ducassou--Juge Arbitre

The Federation Francaise de Pelote Basque (FFPB) held its Amateur Main Nue Individuel Final at Trinquet Moderne, Bayonne (1)(2) on April 23, 2017.

A. S. Eskulari-Lahonce (Dufourcq) (blue)  defeated A├»retik-Mendionde (Bonetbelche) (red) 40-33.

Match article (Pilota Ttiki)

17 photos (FFPB) Scroll to "National A" near the bottom of the page.

For Dufourq this match evened his record against Bonetbelche in amateur finals held in the last two months, as Bonetbelche had won the Ligue de Pelote du Pays Basque Championship on March 26, 40-26.

But there was another interesting aspect to the FFPB final. Look closely at the FFPB photos. One in particular. It is the "Juge Arbitre" for this match, none other than Baptiste Ducassou, the premier back court player in Main Nue at present. It seems that Ducassou, in the heat of the moment in an FFPB Championnat de France Poule match in March, lost his temper at what he thought was a poor call and let the Juge Arbitre know it in no uncertain terms. He apologized later.

Instead of a punitive reaction such as a suspension, which is invoked regularly in other "major league" sports, the FFPB required him to be Juge Arbitre for this match.

Now that is a sports story we don't hear about very often :)

Pala: Bizkaia Open Begins

The 2017 Bizkaia Open short court tournament, a "bridge" between the recently completed winter Pala season and summer tournaments and festivals, began on April 22, 2017 and will end with a Pro-Am and Amateur final on June 17. Though it is known by the name of the venue for some of the matches, including the final, this tournament is played at venues all over the South Basque Country. This year a North Basque Country venue is also scheduled for the competition. The venues are: Bilbao, Armintza, Balmaseda, Biarritz, Gallarta, Sopela, Mungia, Zalla, and Zierbena. This is a single round robin tournament with 6 teams, comprising the entire InnPala roster, plus two promising amateurs, who are paired with last year's champions. The teams:

* Amateur

Necol-Martin Figeac*
Mikel Sanz*-Imanol
Fusto-Ibargarai
Zubiri-Ibai Perez
Gaubeka-Gordon
Landeta-Brefel

Mikel Sanz played in last year's tournament. The other amateur player in that tournament was Iker Gordon, now an InnPala professional. Martin Figeac won the Federation Francais de Pelote Basque 2016 Championat de France Junior (under 22) pala corta competition. Match video for that Final match is available via pelotelive.free.fr (Make sure to click on "desactiver" under the video in order to disable PFF's auto refresh. Otherwise the video will stop). Figeac is in the back court on the red team. He was also runner up in the 2016 IX Mondial Pelota Basque Espoirs Fronton 36m under 22 amateur Pala Corta competition played in  October 2016 at Biarritz. There is also full match video for that Final. Figeac is in the back court on the red team.

Standings for the Bizkia Open will be determined entirely by number of jokos (sets) won.

At the end of the league phase, a two match semi final (1 v 4 and 2 v 3) will be played to determine the finalists. There will be a Final for the amateur competition that accompanies this competition, followed by the Final, on June 17.

Tournament preview article (Deia)

Tournament preview article (mundodeportivo.com)

Complete recap of the 2016 Bizkaia Open, including all match scores, tournament table, and link to full match video of final match.

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April 22, 2017

Jornada 1

Sources for match scores: Innpala Twitter feed, Diario Vasco Cartelera (April 23), and Innpala Fronton Facebook page. Note that for the the second match below, DV had the scores correct but the winners reversed.

Bizkaia, Bilbo (Bilbao) (1)(2)

Fusto-Ibargarai defeated Gaubeka-Gordon 3-0 (10-5, 10-7, 10-5)

Zubiri-Ibai Perez defeated Mikel Sanz*-Imanol 3-2 (7-10, 7-10, 10-6, 10-4, 10-4)

As of this posting, I have found no match articles or videos for these matches.

Bizkaia Open Table

Key: Team; Joko Record, Team Points, Match Record

Fusto-Ibargarai..................(3-0); 3; 1-0
Zubiri-Ibai Perez ..............(3-2); 3- 1-0
Mikel Sanz*-Imanol......... (2-3); 2; 0-1
Gaubeka-Gordon ..............(0-3); 0; 0-1
Necol-Martin Figeac*
Landeta-Brefel

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Table of wins and losses for the 2016-2017 season.

Key: Player; Position (d=delantero (front court), z=zaguero (back court)); match wins-losses; joko (set) wins-losses; winning-losing streak; championships won. Matches that are single partidos will be noted. Table will be according to match winning percentage. 1st tie breaker will be number of wins. 2nd tie breaker will be joko win-loss differential. We begin the season with  La Liga Kutxabank, starting October 29, 2016.

April 22, 2017

Championships:  L=La Liga; MI-Mundial Individual; MP-Mundial Parejas

Fusto(d)............13-8....46-37..+4.......1(MP)
Gaubeka(d)......11-9....43-38...-4*....1(L)
Zubiri(d)...........9-8.....34-31..+1*
Necol(d)...........11-12...46-49.+1
Landeta(d)........6-13...31-46..+1

Ibai-Perez(z).....17-6....59-37..+1*....3(L, MI, MP)
Ibargari(z)..........9-8....35-31...+2
Brefel(z).............9-8....35-32...-1
Imanol(z)...........8-12...38-44...-1*
Gordon(z)..........7-15...32-53...-1

*Does not include the result of Nov. 25, 2016 independent match Gaubeka--Ibai-Perez v Zubiri-Imanol. The result is unknown at this time. I will add it when I find it.

For cumulative accounting of this player table see the InnPala Player win-loss table under the Pala page on the right side of the blog.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Mano: Eskuz Banakako Txapelketa-Campeonato Manomanista De Lep.M--1/8 Finals

Eskuz Banakako Txapelketa-Campeonato Manomanista De Lep.M, the premier professional Mano singles championship competition, began on April 14, 2017 and will end on May 28, 2017. It is a seeded ladder knockout tournament consisting of 4 1/16 round play in matches, followed by seeded 1/8 and Quarter-finals. Quarter final winners will play a Semi-final and Semi-final winners will play in the final. A third place match will be played on May 21, 2017.

Players seeded in at the 1/8 level: Artola, Rezusta, Olaizola II, and Ezkurdia.
Players seeded in at the Quarter-final level: Irribarria (defending champion), Altuna III, Bengoetxea VI, and Urrutikoetxea.

Asegarce Competition page  (choose any year back to 1999 next to the "seleciona la temporada") for complete score recap of every tournament).

ASPE Competition page

21iguales.com Competition page

21iguales Twitter feed live scoring page

List of previous winners going back to 1940 (Asegarce)

Available final match videos

1948 (Gallestegi 22 Atano III 6--highlights only) ;

1992 (Galarza III 22 Retegi II 12--added April 27, 2017) ; 1993 (Retegi II 22 Galarza III 19) ; 1995 (Beloki 22 Errandonea 15)1997 (Arretxe 22 Elkoro 18)

2000 (Eugi 22 Beloki 13) ; 2001 (Beloki 22 Eugi 8) ; 2002 (Barriola 22 Beloki 3) ; 2003 (Patxi Ruiz 22 Olaizola II 7) ;  2004 (Mtz. de Irujo 22 Xala 12) : 2005 (Olaizola II 22 Mtz. de Irujo 18) ; 2006  (Mtz. de Irujo 22 Olaizola II 17) ; 2007 (Olaizola II 22 Barriola 10) ; 2008 (Bengoetxea VI 22 Barriola 11) ; 2009 (Mtz. de Irujo 22 Olaizola II 12)

2010 (Mtz. de Irujo 22 Xala 13--1:18:45) 2011 (Xala 22 Olaizola II 19) ; 2012 (Olaizola II 22 Mtz. de Irujo 7) ;  2013 (Olaizola II 22 Mtz. de Irujo 7) ; 2014 (Mtz. de Irujo 22 Retegi BI 9--1:22:38) ;  2015 (Urrutikoetxea 22 Olaizola II 19) ; 2016 (Irribarria 22 Urrutikoetxea 13)

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1/16 Finals

Source for all match articles, unless otherwise specifically stated, is 21iguales.com. Source for all match video (highlights and full match video) unless otherwise specifically stated, is EITB).

1/8 finals

April 21,2017

A.  Bergara (1)(2)(3): Rezusta defeated Victor 22-19

Match article with statistics and scoring

Until this match no back court player had won in this tournament. Rezusta, seeded in at the 1/8 level, was the last back court man in the tournament, and, at 2-8 it looked as if he too would be dispatched. But he did not panic and slowly worked his way back into the match. Halfway through he was still down 6-10. But at 6-11 he broke through with a 9-1 run to take the initiative. A 7-4 Victor run tied the score at 19, but then two contrasting Rezusta winners (short and very long) following a Victor error sealed the victory. It was Rezusta's 10th consecutive victory, 9 in the Mundial Parejas and this one. His next opponent is Altuna III.

Match highlights

Full match video (EITB--Basque) (match begins at 35 minutes 5 seconds on the video)

Full match video (fronton.tv--Castilian) (scroll to "Bergara - 21/04/2017").

April 22, 2017

B. Labrit, Iruna (Pamplona) (1)(2): Olaizola II defeated Mendizabal III 22-5

Match article wth statistics and scoring

Mendizabal III won the first point of the match, but a 6-0 run by Olaizola II at the beginning and an 11-0 run at the end led to a very easy victory (the match took barely over 1/2 hour). Olaizola (+19 -1) played a nearly perfect match. His next opponent is Bengoetxea VI.

Match higlights

Full match video (match begins at 51:38 on the video)

April 23, 2017

C. Ogueta, Vitoria-Gasteiz (1)(2): Ezkurdia defeated Retegi BI 22-11

Match article with statistics and scoring

Ezkurdia used 4-0 runs at the beginning and in the middle, and a 6-0 run at the end to finish Retegi BI's tournament. Retegi BI  re-injured his shoulder (see match highlights) but was able to continue. Ezkurdia's  next opponent is Urrutikoetxea.

Match highlights

Full match video (match begins at 1:20:19 on the video)

April 24, 2017 

D. Zumaia (1)(2): Artola defeated Laso 22-13.

Match article with statistics and scoring

Artola dominated most of the match, using 7-1 and 13-1 runs to lead to what should have been an easy demolition of his young opponent. However, Laso did not go without a fight, with an 8-0 run to take the score from 20-5 to 20-13. Alas, it was too little, too late. 9 errors (according to 21iguales.com) hurt his cause. Artola's next opponent is defending champion Irribarria.

Match highlights

Match highlights (21iguales.com) (parts or all of 7 selected points)>

There was no full match video for this match.

Main Nue: FFPB CDC Elite Pro par Equipe--Semi-finals --April 21, 22 2017

The Main Nue Elite Pro par Equipe (pairs) Championnat de France A and B competition is sponsored by the  Federation Francaise de Pelote Basque (FFPB). The competition began on March 3, 2017 and ends on May 7, 2017. You can follow its progress here (link to "resultats" from the FFPB home  page).  Pelotelive.free.fr also provides A and B coverage. The tournaments have a "poule" phase, a single round robin, followed by a playoff system that is explained below. It turns out not to be quite as byzantine as I thought. :) It is a very interesting way to re-seed a tournament in mid-stream. 

*  not listed on the Esku Pilota player pages at this time.

Groupe A

Peio Larralde-Bixintxo Bilbao; Agusti Waltary-Peio Guichandut; Mathieu Ospital-Baptiste Ducassou; Julien Etchegaray-Vincent Lazcano; Alexis Inchauspe-Anton Amulet; Philippe Bielle-Ximun Lambert

Groupe B:

Laurent.Lambert-Mickael Palomes; Vincent Elgart-Pascal de Ezcurra; Mattin Olcomendy*-Jean-Philippe Bennesse, Antton Monce-Cedric Lucu

Source for all match articles, unless otherwise specifically stated, is pilota-ttiki.com. Thus far, most Pilota Ttiki match articles are incorporated into the Pelotelive.free.fr match pages. I will link to them, for ease of access when they are.

Week 1: March 3-4, 2017  ; Week 2: March 12-13 ; Week 3: March 18-19 ; Week 4: March 25, 27, 2017 ; Week 5: April 1-2, 2017 ; Week 6: April 7, 10 2017 ; April 14, 2017--Barrage

Semi-finals in both poules in this competition were played on April 21 and 22, 2017.

April 21, 2017

Trinquet Haitz Pean, Anglet (1)(2)(3)

Match preview article for both matches

Poule A:

Waltary-Guichandut (A4) defeated Ospital-Ducassou (A1) 40-36

Selected linescore (winners always listed first) (source: both match articles)

0-4; 12-12; 16-12; 20-14; 21-14: 24-14; 26-15; 28-16; 32-17; 32-20; 32-21; 34-24; 36-29; 38-32; 39-32; 39-36; 40-36

Poule B:

Aguirre (substituting for L. Lambert)-Palomes (B1) defeated Monce-Lucu (B4) 40-20

Selected linescore (winners always listed first) (source: both match articles)

26-12; 26-19; 38-19; 40-20

Match article for both matches

Match article for both matches, including an audio interview with Peio Guichandut (Esku Pilota)

Poule A:

This was the upset of the tournament, as O-D were undefeated in poule play (athough they were severely tested by W-G in March before winning 40-38.) According to the match article, a key moment occurred when Waltary scored consecutive winners from 21-14--24-14. It was part of a 16-4 (12-12--28-16) run which basically decided the match, They needed every bit of that cushion because O-D fought back tenaciously with a 19-8 run at the end (32-17--40-36), including 4 consecutive points when W-G had 39, to begin to put the match in doubt. In the end, W-G, who barely survived the Barrage match against L. Lambert-Palomes (B1) when Waltary took matters into his own powerful hands, now find themselves (4-3) and in the final against Larralde-Bilbao (A2--5-1). Both Bilbao and Waltary will be defending the championship that they won together last year. For O-D it was a disappointing end to a magnificent tournament. They finished 5-1.

Poule B:

L. Lambert's tournament ended due to an adductor injury.  He was replaced by Gregory Aguirre. A-P had little trouble with M-L, answering a 7-0 run with a 12-0 run of their own to secure the victory. Palomas' team remains undefeated in Poule B at 4-0. They will now face  Poule A 5th place team Inchauspe-Amulet in the Poule B final. Inchauspe-Amulet have an overall record of 2-4 (1-0 in Poule B).

April 22, 2017

Le Garat, Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port  (1!)(2)

Match preview article

Poule A:

Larralde-Bilbao (A2) defeated Bielle-X. Lambert (A3) 40-25

Selected linescore (winners always listed 1st) (source: both match articles)

4-4: 6-6; 7-7; 8-8; 13-8; 20-11; 25-14; 30-15; 39-21; 39-25; 40-35

Poule B:

Inchauspe-Amulet (A-5--B-2) defeated Elgart-De Ezcurra (B2--B3) 40-34

Selected linescore (winners always listed 1st) (source: both match articles)

6-0; 18-10; 18-17; 20-19; 25-24; 26-25; 26-26; 34-28; 34-31; 35-33; 40-34

Match article for both matches along with a link to a condensed full match video of the Poule A match (also linked to directly below)

Match article for both matches, including an audio interview with Peio Larralde (Esku Pilota)

Condensed full match video of Larralde-Bilbao v Bielle-X. Lambert (Bixintxo Bilbao Youtube)

Poule A:

This match, according to both match articles (and corroborated by the match video), was not as easy as the final score indicated. It lasted around an hour and 15 minutes, with many long and hotly contested points, After an early 12-3 run that took their lead to 20-11, L-B slowly built the lead to 18. They faltered slightly at the end, as B-L made a 4 point run. Bilbao will be going for his 3rd consecutive CdF.

Poule B:

This hour and 20 minute battle had many ebbs and flows, but in the end, E-D could not recover from an early 8 point deficit. Every time they challenged, I-A met that challenge, finally pulling away with a 5 point run at the end. I-A hoped to be contending for a Groupe A championship this year, but a chance to defend their 2016 Groupe B championship is not the worst consolation.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Pala--InnPala Rankings Update--April 20,.2017

Innpala has published a new ranking table as of April 20, 2017.  It includes the results of the  Mundial Parejas competition.

Delanteros (front) Zagueros (back)

Gaubeka 156 Ibai         198
Fusto      150    Ibargarai 138
Necol      120 Imanol     108
Zubiri       96 Gordon     105
Landeta    93 Brefel        96

Previous ranking

February 15, 2017

Delanteros (front) Zagueros (back)

Gaubeka  102 Ibai 132
Necol  84 Ibargarai108
Fusto  84 Gordon  63
Zubiri  66 Brefel  60
Landeta  51 Imanol  54

Rankings, along with explanation 

Mundial Parejas was a 3 diamond (***) tournament.

For the actual records of InnPala players since the season began on October 29, 2017 see the InnPala Player cumulative win-loss table and independent matches page on the right side of the blog.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Jai Alai/Cesta Punta--Dania Beach Final Winter 2017 Season Standings--With a link to Win Sorts

The Dania Beach (1: Fronton after renovation)  (2: Fronton before renovation) Winter 2017 season began on January 2, 2017 and ended on April 15, 2017.

Entries; Results; Game Pages; Statistics 

Note that complete up to date roster statistics are only available for the latest performance at this time.

Roster Information

Final standings for the Dania Winter 2017 Season (.pdf format, 2p.)

Source: Dania Jai Alai. See page two for the full season statistics.

Erik won the triple crown for the third consecutive season (not counting the 2016 Fall season, when there was no triple crown competition due to the Dania Team Competition--he led all winners in the team competition). He finished the 2017 Winter season with 134 wins, 25 more than 2nd place Leke. He won the championship singles with 26 wins, 6 more than 2nd place Aimar, and he won the championship doubles (front) with 31, 14 more than 2nd place Arrieta. In addition he won the most team wins-all games with 19 (with Urbieta), 7 more than any other team. He was the leading weekly winner 8 times, 3 more than 2nd place Leke. He had the most wins to lead a week with 13 (twice). His winning percentage was .257, the only player on the roster over .200. Leke was second with a .186 percentage. Erik also led the in the money percentage with .536, .90 points higher than Leke, who finished 2nd. Erik played 521 games, 15th most on the roster. Leke played the most games with 585.

Erik was the story of the Winter 2017 season any way you look at it. But another story is beginning to emerge. Leke, the 22 year old back court player, is becoming a factor on the Dania roster. For the second consecutive season he has finished runner up to Erik for most wins. And, after Erik dominated the Fall 2016 season weekly leaders (10, 8 more than 2nd place Diego), Leke emerged as a real challenger in that category this season. Leke is still mostly an early games player at Dania, but his progression has been very interesting to watch.

Dania now takes a short hiatus before a short Spring season that begins on May 2,

MY ARTICLE: Dania Standings--sorted by wins and by wins by position

For current information about the progress of the Dania season, including a weekly breakdown of playing statistics, leading weekly winners, and a game by game chart of each week's winner,  see the Jai Alai: Dania Jai Alai weekly leaders page on the right side of the blog.

Mano: Eskuz Banakako Txapelketa-Campeonato Manomanista De Lep.M Competition Begins

Eskuz Banakako Txapelketa-Campeonato Manomanista De Lep.M, the premier professional Mano singles championship competition, began on April 14, 2017 and will end on May 28, 2017. It is a seeded ladder knockout tournament consisting of 4 1/16 round play in matches, followed by seeded 1/8 and Quarter-finals. Quarter final winners will play a Semi-final and Semi-final winners will play in the final. A third place match will be played on May 21, 2017.

Players seeded in at the 1/8 level: Artola, Rezusta, Olaizola II, and Ezkurdia.
Players seeded in at the Quarter-final level: Irribarria (defending champion), Altuna III, Bengoetxea VI, and Urrutikoetxea.

Asegarce Competition page  (choose any year back to 1999 next to the "seleciona la temporada") for complete score recap of every tournament).

ASPE Competition page

21iguales.com Competition page

21iguales Twitter feed live scoring page

List of previous winners going back to 1940 (Asegarce)

Available final match videos

1948 (Gallestegi 22 Atano III 6--highlights only) ;

1992 (Galarza III 22 Retegi II 12--added April 27, 2017) ; 1993 (Retegi II 22 Galarza III 19)1995 (Beloki 22 Errandonea 15); 1997 (Arretxe 22 Elkoro 18)

2000 (Eugi 22 Beloki 13)2001 (Beloki 22 Eugi 8) ; 2002 (Barriola 22 Beloki 3) ; 2003 (Patxi Ruiz 22 Olaizola II 7) ;  2004 (Mtz. de Irujo 22 Xala 12) : 2005 (Olaizola II 22 Mtz. de Irujo 18) ; 2006  (Mtz. de Irujo 22 Olaizola II 17) ; 2007 (Olaizola II 22 Barriola 10) ; 2008 (Bengoetxea VI 22 Barriola 11) ; 2009 (Mtz. de Irujo 22 Olaizola II 12)

2010 (Mtz. de Irujo 22 Xala 13--1:18:45) 2011 (Xala 22 Olaizola II 19) ; 2012 (Olaizola II 22 Mtz. de Irujo 7) ;  2013 (Olaizola II 22 Mtz. de Irujo 7) ; 2014 (Mtz. de Irujo 22 Retegi BI 9--1:22:38) ;  2015 (Urrutikoetxea 22 Olaizola II 19) ; 2016 (Irribarria 22 Urrutikoetxea 13)

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Source for all match articles, unless otherwise specifically stated, is 21iguales.com. Source for all match video (highlights and full match video) unless otherwise specifically stated, is EITB).

Deciseis avos (1/16) de Final:

April 14, 2017

A. Politiportivo La Juventud, Soria (1)(2): Victor(d) defeated Untoria(z) 22-8

Match article with statistics and scoring

An early 12-1 run erased the only lead Untoria enjoyed and set the tone for an easy victory. Victor's ratio was +9, Untoria's was -5. Victor's next opponent is Rezusta. The victory made front court players (delanteros) 1-0 in the tournament, back courters (zagueros)  0-1.

Match highlights

Full match video

April 15, 2017

B. Labrit, Iruna (Pamplona) (1)(2): Laso(d) defeated Albisu(z) 22-19

Match article wth statistics and scoring

Unai Laso, at age 19 this year's youngest competitor, used a 14-7 run at the end of the match to overcome a 8-12 deficit and defeat Albisu. 17 of the 41 points were the result of errors. Laso's next opponent is Artola. Delanteros 2-0; Zagueros 0-2.

Match higlights

Full match video

April 16, 2017

C. Santi Brouard, Lekeitio (1)(2): Mendizabal III(d) defeated Zabaleta(z) 22-3

Match article with statistics and scoring

Mendizabal III scored the 1st 6 and last 14 points of the match to rout Zabaleta. Mendizabal III's next opponent will be Olaizola II. Delanteros 3-0; Zagueros 0-3

Match highlights

Full match video (match begins at 51:17 on the video)

April 17, 2017 

D. Astelena, Eibar (1)(2): Retegi BI(d) defeated Juanarena(z--changed from d in 2016) 22-15.

Match article with statistics and scoring

Retegi BI, coming off  a shoulder injury, used 5-0 runs at the beginning and in mid-match to win. Jaunarena was hurt by 10 errors. Retegi Bi's next opponent will be Ezkurdia. Delanteros 4-0; Zagueros 0-4.

I could not find any match highlights for this match.

Full match video (match begins at 37:44 on the video)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Jai Alai/Cesta Punta--Two "Editorials" on the future of Jai Alai.

The recent re-opening of Fronton Mexico has led to the publication of many articles about various aspects of the new Jai Alai/Cesta Punta development. Most of them deal with the cultural or sporting aspects. Recently a print and video article have been released that attempt to address possible futures of the sport. Both of the articles have a definite point of view, some might say contrasting points of view. Whatever your point of view, there is food for thought in each. Both articles are in English.

A. The Death and Resurrection of the Old Game of Jai-Alai, by Juan Ignacio Zulaika (Basque Tribune, April 17, 2017)

B. Jai Alai 101 (The New Tropic, April 14, 2017). Running time: 1 minute 50 seconds.