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, August 30, 2016
Jai Alai/Cesta Punta--Jai Alai World Tour--CTO. Individual MPB Quarter and Semi-Finals and change of schedule due to player injuries
CPO Individual MPB Tournament. This entire competition was originally scheduled at Bizkaia for August 21 (2 quarter-finals), August 26 (quarter-final winners v Goikoetxea and Egiguren respectively), and a final on August 28. Due to injuries to both Goikoetxea and Egiguren the August 26 matches were postponed. A semi-final was scheduled between the two quarter-final winners on August 28. The rest of this tournament will resume after the end of the CPO Parejas Tournament on September 10, assuming Goikoetxea and Egiguren are fit to play.
This is a short court (36 meters) Jai-Alai/Cesta Punta tournament. The rules are slightly different in that jokos (sets) are played to 12 instead of 15. This tournament was played simultaneously with a Pala Tournament. Matches in each modality were held on August 21 and 28. A pala match was held August 26.
CPO Individual MPB Quarter Finals at Bizkaia Fronton (Bilbo (Bilbao))
August 28, 2016
Background article about short court Jai Alai (Deia)
Olharan defeated Hormaextea 2-1 (10-12, 12-10, 5-1)
At 4-8 in the second joko, it looked like Hormaetxea was on his way to an easy victory. He made an error which took the score to 5-8 and opened the door just a crack. Olharan kicked that door down, outscoring Hormaetxea 12-3 to win the match.
Full match video (Source: EITB)
August 21, 2016
Olharan defeated Barandika 2-0 (12-11, 12-9)
Hormaetxea defeated Ohla 2-0 (12-4, 12-9)
Match article for both matches (JAWT)
Match article for both matches (Deia)
Olharan overcame a 2-6 deficit in the first set. In the second set he overcame 0-6 and 4-9 deficits to win.
2-6; 7-7; 8-8; 9-9; 10-10; 10-11; 12-11
In the second match 6 service faults (4 in the second joko) hurt Olha's cause.
Egiguren injury article (left thigh injury)
Goikoetxea injury article (sprained right ankle injury)
MY ARTICLE: Long court to short court trends in Jai Alai/Cesta Punta, Remonte, and Pala