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.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Main Nue--Tournoi de Cambo les Bains

Tournoi de Cambo les Bains, an EP 1000 competition, was contested at Trinquet Cambo les Bains  (1) (2)  August  3, 4, and 8, 2016.

Competition page at

August 3, 2016:

First Semi-final

Bielle-Bilbao defeated Xala-de Ezcurra 40-28

Match article (Source: Esku Pilota)

Match graph and selected linescore:  (Source: Esku Pilota via

Full match video: (Source: Esku Pilota Youtube page, match article above, or match graph source)

Note the high angle the entire match is filmed from. This is because Cambo les Bains is an "Argentine" trinquet. There is no "dugout" in the back, just a solid wall. This allows for much greater freedom of movement of the back courters. They do not have to defend the open scoring area in the back that they do on most trinquet courts. They also do not have to follow the ball around the non-existent back trinquet roof, which allows for more ease of rebote (rebound) shots.

August 4, 2016:

2nd Semi-final

Ospital-Ducassou defeated Waltary-Harismendy 40-38

Match article (Source: Esku Pilota)

Perhaps as important as the article are the images that accompany it. Here we can clearly see the solidity of the front and back walls of this trinquet.

Match graph and (for all practical purposes) full linescore (Source: Esku Pilota via

Waltary almost turned this into a fantastic victory at the end. But not quite.

August 8, 2016:


Ospital-Ducassou defeated Bielle-Bilbao 40-26

Match article, photos, audio interview with Ospital (Source: Esku Pilota)

Match graph, selected match statistics, selected linescore and commentary (Source: Esku Pilota via