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, September 11, 2016

Jai Alai/Cesta Punta--Xistera Kluba amateur competition circuit

Note that this site is completely bilingual. I have used Castilian links. Click on the top right side of the page to switch to Basque.

Euskal Herriko Xistera Kluben Kirol Kluba (Basque Country Xistera Sports Club) together with EEUP (Euskadiko Euskal Pilota Federakuntza) has recently started an amateur Jai Alai tournament circuit. The Club has three aims: to reintroduce the game to children, to strengthen the game at the club level, and to create a competition circuit to help encourage new and young fans to follow the game. The full mission statement is here.

A circuit has been created and so far, 8 tournaments have been organized  and 5 have been played (see below). See the "calendario"  page for details. Finals are broadcast live via Xistera Kluba's US Stream site. You can follow the Xistera web, Twitter, or Facebook page (Twitter and Facebook pages are linked from the web page) to keep up with times and dates of broadcasts. USstream also provdes email notices if you register with them.

Full match videos of all finals broadcast are also available on demand in three places:

1. The USstream site (selected finals only at this time)

2. Xistera Youtube page (all but the Cabanillas final at this time)

3. EITB (full collection, including Cabanillas).

(Programmas or Saioak A-Z)---->WXYZ---->Zesta Punta---->Zesta: afizionatuak

Xistera also keeps player tables:

Announcement of the next Tournament (Mutriku), final scheduled for September 17, 2016 (Diario Vasco) (see also Xistera "caldendario" link).

Below is a list of linked full match videos and articles for the tournaments that have already been played. While I have not watched all of  these, there is some very high quality Jai Alai/Cesta Punta here.

Note that match articles are given in order to identify the players and time the video. There is more than one match per video. They are age/ability based and go from youngest to oldest. Read the match article from bottom to top in order to time the video. Note that match stories contain match line scores, so if you don't want to know who won, don't read the story until after you watch the match.

September 2, 2016

Donibane Lohizune (Saint-Jean-de-Luz) (2 matches)

Match articles

Full match video (Xistera Youtube)

August 7, 2016

Cabanillas (2 matches)

Match articles

Full match video (EITB)

July 9, 2016

Markina-Xemein (3 matches including 1 girls match)

Match Articles (in Basque and Castilian)

Full match video (Xistera Youtube)

June 18, 2016

Andoain (more than one match)

No match article available--Photos

Full match video (Xistera Youtube)

June 11, 2016

Durango (3 matches, inluding 1 girls match)

Match articles (in Basque and Castilian)

Full match video