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.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Jai Alai/Cesta Punta--Internationaux Cesta Punta--SLAM Tournament

The 2016 Donibane Lohizune (Saint-Jean-de-Luz) Internationaux Cesta Punta Masters competitions began on July 7, 2016 and ended August 25, 2016. At the ICP website, you will find scheduled matches, results, match articles, rules of the competition, player pages, and how the player points are determined, among other information.

The SLAM Internationaux Cesta Punta Tournament was held at Donibane Lohizune (Saint-Jean-de-Luz) (1) (2) from August 18-25, 2016. The SLAM tournament was a championship of championships, pitting the winners of the four Masters championships against each other to determine an overall champion.

To recap:

Masters Championships:

Master 1: Olharan-Minvielle
Master 2: Olha-Minvielle
Master 3: Beaskoetxea-Lekerika (substituting for the injured Irastorza)
Master 4: Hormaetxea-Eyheragary (substituting for injured Irastorza)

The four teams in the SLAM competition were:

Master 1: Olharan-Lekerika
Master 2: Goikoetxea (substituting for the injured Olha)-Minvielle
Master 3: Beaskoetxea-Irastorza (returning from injury)
Master 4: Hormaetxea-Ihitsague (substituting for Eyheragaray)

All match scores and match articles are available at the Internationaux Cesta Punta site. Note: as of February 11, 2017 this link no longer worked. I was able to link directly to the match articles. Those links are below.

Full Match videos are also available at the Internationaux Cesta Punta Youtube site.

August 18, 2016:

First Semi-Final:  Beaskoetxea-Irastorza  defeated Hormaetxea-Ihitsague 2-0 (15-2, 15-9)

Match article

Match highlights

Full Match Video

August 23, 2016

Second Semi-Final: Olharan-Lekerika defeated Goikoetxea (substituting for the injured Olha)-Minvielle  2-0 (15-9, 15-9).

Match article


Jean Olharan's play of the season

Full Match Video

August 25, 2016:

Final: Beaskoetxea-Irastorza  defeated Olharan-Lekerika 2-1 (15-7, 12-15, 5-3)

Match article


Full match video (Canal +--en Francais)

Full match video (EITB (Canal+ feed)--Euskararen)

Beaskoetxea finished with the best record and most championships for both competitions. He was 9-2 in 11 matches and 4-1 in 5 championship finals (Hondarribia--JAWT; Mutriku-Markina--JAWT; Master 3--ICP; and SLAM--ICP). He lost one final (Gernika II--JAWT). He played in 6 competitions all told. It was a remarkable performance.

MY ARTICLE: SLAM Final: commentary, enhanced linescores.

MY ARTICLE: Cumulative match records for all participants in both Internationaux Cesta Punta and Jai Alai World Tour Summer Partidos through the all eleven tournaments.