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.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Mano--Lau eta erdiko Txapelketa 2016/Campeonato del 4 1/2 de 1a categoría 2016 LEP. M--Final
The third place match between Urrutikoetxea and Oliazola II, which was supposed to take place on November 20, 2016, was cancelled due to a shoulder injury suffered by Oliazola II in his semi-final-loss to Altuna III.
Asegarce Competition Page
The competition had 12 players, in two groups. The opening round of four preliminary matches took place October 7-10, 2016. The four winners (two in each group) moved on to a quarter final league, where they joined four other seeded players (Urrutikoetxea and Altuna III in Gourp A, Oliazola II and Bengoetxea VI in Group B) in a single round robin quarter-final league. The 1st place finishers in each group then faced the 2nd place finishers in the other group in the semi-finals. Semi-final winners played in the final on November 27, 2016.
Note: Source for all match articles, unless otherwise specifically stated is 21iquales.com.
Source for all match video, unless otherwise specifically stated, is EITB.
November 27, 2016:
Ogueta Fronton, Vitoria-Gasteiz (1) (2). Bengoetxea VI defeated Altuna III 22-21
Match article and statistics (21iguales.com).
Match article (Diario Vasco--includes link to 33 photos)
Match article (Deia)
Feature article--Altuna III (Diario Vasco)
Feature article--Bengoetxea VI (Diario Vasco)
Feature article that discusses Bengoetxea VI's triple crown (singles, doubles, 4 1/2) (Deia)
In an incredible match that see-sawed back and forth throughout, the lead changing hands 4 times, Bengoetxea VI placed a perfect left wall shot that Altuna III could not answer, winning his second consecutive 22-21 pressure match to win the tournament. 7 service aces were crucial to the win. With the victory, Bengoetxea VI becomes the 7th player in Mano history to win the triple crown (singles, doubles, and 4 1/2). He joins Julien Retegi, Fernando Arretxe, Aimar Oliazola, Juan Martinez de Irujo, Abel Barriola, and Mikel Urrutikoetxea. Urrutikoetxea won all three last season. Altuna III finished the tournament 3-2. Bengoetxea VI finished 4-1.
Match video highlights (EITB)
Video of final point of match (EITB)
Video highlights, various points (21iguales.com Youtube)
Full match video (EITB)