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 2, 2016

Main Nue--Tournoi De La Magdeleine

Tournoi De La Magdeleine, an EP 500 competition, was contested at Trinquet Saint Palais (1) (2) July 22 and 26, 2016.

* Not listed on the Esku Pilota player pages at this time

July 22

Full Match Videos (first semi-final begins at 10-7),  match charts and linescores for the two semi-finals only: Source: Esku Pilota via pilotelive.free.fr Click on the links below the scores for all of this. Click on "disactiver" below the match videos to disable pfr's auto-refresh.

Semi Finals

Ospital-de Ezcurra defeated L. Lambert-Bennesse* 40-30

Inchauspe-Amulet defeated Monce-Lucu* 40-30

Match Statistics for both (Source: Esku Pilota)

Match article for both (Source: Esku Pilota) Note: this article also links to the two full match videos.

July 26, 2016

Final

Ospital-de Ezcurra defeated Inchauspe-Amulet 40-21

Match article and an audio interview with de Ezcurra

One of the most interesting things about this competition was the venue. When you watch the semi-final matches, the camera will focus on the scoreboard high above the front wall to keep score. But to the left and a little below, you will see the dedication stone: 1891. Certainly one of the oldest active trinquets in the North Basque. I have seen none older, but I am new to this. The only trinquet I've ever seen that is older is the famous Valencian Pelota Trinquet Pelayo, which dates back to 1868. Anytime you see a sporting arena that began in the 19th century and is still in use, you are seeing something very special. If the Trinquet Garat (1937) is the Cathedral of Main Nue, then perhaps Trinquet Saint Palais is its Parthenon.