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, July 11, 2016

Main Nue--Recurring 50 point matches..

Recurring indivdual matches. (Source of scores, ancillary information, and videos: Esku Pilota web and Youtube site.)

A. Trinquet Garat, Donibane Garazi  (Saint-John-Pied-de-Port)

We have more than just scores for one of these matches.

June 13, 2016: Monce-Migueltorena defeated Olcomendy-Lucu 50-30

Match article, statistics, chart, full match video (Source: Esku Pilota web and Youtube site.)

Match line score, MY ARTICLE, and link to full video (Source: pelotelive.free.fr), Note that with all videos located at pelotelive.free.fr, you must click on the "desactiver" under the video in order for the video to work. pelotelive.free.fr automatically resets every 30 seconds and this will stop the video and kick you back out to the site if you do not "disactiver" first.

There are two errors in my commentary that I know of.

Point 3 consumed 1 ball in play (a service ace), not 11. So all of the total balls in play for the first 10 points and the running total balls in play for the match should be adjusted accordingly. The total number of balls in play for the match should be 864, not 874.

In the commentary about the last 10 points of the match the winners were referred to as "M-O". They should have been referred to as "M-M". For any other errors found, please send corrections to the address at the top of this report.

For June 1-July 11, 2016:

July 11, 2016: Inchauspe-De Ezcurra defeated L. Lambert-Lezcano 50-44

July 4, 2016: Monce-Migueltorena defeated Aguirre-Benesse 50-33

June 27, 2016: Aguirre-Benesse defeated Inchause-Bonetbelche 50-37

June 20, 2016: Monce-Migueltorena defeated Elgart-Iturbe 50-40

June 6, 2016:  Monce-Migueltorena defeated Elgart-Iturbe 50-46

Note that linked players are on the Esku Pilota roster. See the player pages under the pages entry on the left side of the page to access player information as the direct links to players is phased out of these posts.

B. Trinquet Saint-AndreBaiona (Bayonne)

For June 4- July 7, 2016:

July 7, 2016: Alcacena-Lucu defeated Olcomendy-Amestoy 50-29

June 30, 2016: Darmendrail-Lucu  defeated Alcacena-Migueltorena 50-27

June 23, 2016: Aguirre-Iribarren defeated  Alcacena-Lucu 50-44

June 16, 2016: Aguirre-Iturbe defeated Ospital-Iribarren 50-38

Note that linked players are on the Esku Pilota roster. See the player pages under the pages entry on the left side of the page to access player information as the direct links to players is phased out of these posts.

There were no other single matches in June because the three weeks before June 16 were taken up with the Trophee de Commercants de Bayonne (the final of which will be discussed in a post on tournaments).

These matches are important for cultural reasons (one in the tiny hamlet of Donibane Garazi and the other in the metropolis of Baiona--both in old fashioned trinquets). They also serve to give valuable exposure and experience to younger players. But most impressive to me is the idea of a 50 point match, the will and stamina that it takes to win one. In the above discussed match, the losers were broken on the rack of two consecutive points that consumed 35 and 25 balls in play. One of the wonderful things about Main Nue is how a service ace can be followed by a 35 balls in play point. Because of the geometry of the trinquet and all of its  ornamentations, because the back courters are so mobile and so adept at rebote (rebound) shots off the back wall, because there are four walls (five if you count the different hights of parts of the left wall), a single point in Main Nue can feel like a life experience. For the fan. For the player and  the player's hands, I cannot imagine what they go through. There are other types of handball. There is nothing quite like Main Nue.