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.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Main Nue Tournament--Le Trophee Intersports

Le Trophee Intersports (pelotefree.live.fr) (Esku Pilota), played at Trinquet Anderenia ,Donibane Lohizune (Saint-Jean-de-Luz) June 24, 27, 2016:

Final:

Monce-Guichandut defeated Elgart-Amulet 40-35

Between the two sources linked to above, the entire tournament is covered, The Esku Pilota website contains a succinct final match story. You can also find the complete videos of all three matches there (2 semi-finals and a final), but not in one place. For that check the Esku Pilota Youtube site. But the easiest place to get almost everything you will need to enjoy this tournament is the pelotefree.live.fr site linked to above. All three match videos are conveniently located (when you are inside one match of a competition, simply close that window to take you back to the main competition site). The final contains a graph and linescore. The second semi-final is the most professionally produced video, with sound commentary and a superimposed scoreboard. The first video is the most basic and you will have to listen to the judge call out the scores. On top of all this, there is a 4 and 1/2 minute audio (at the Esku Pilota web site) with Monce about how it feels to win a tournament. With all the visual and sound information available at the sources, I decided not to burden you with any analysis of this tournament, as it is all there for you to see, hear, and read about. The only thing I might add is to watch Monce and Guichandut, not just in the final, but in both their tournament matches. They are young, up and coming players, very athletic,  hungry, and enthusiastic. A joy to watch.