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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Remonte: 46th Campeonato Oficial de remonte Parejas-Fundación Orona--Final

The, Campeonato Oficial de remonte Parejas-Fundación Orona, the premier Remonte doubles tournament, began on November 3, 2016 and ended with a final on December 17, 2016. Five teams participated.

Ezkurra II-Ion
Ezkurra-Etxeberria III
Segurola-Barrenetxia IV

The tournament consisted of a single round robin "league"phase". The top four finishers played a two match total points semi-final (1 v 4 and 2 v 3). The league phase ended in the order listed above. The entire tournament summary, match by match, can be found in the "Remonte: Galarreta "STAR" matches" recurring page on the right side of the blog (as all the matches, with the exception of one semi-final, were "Star" matches). For convenience, the summary will also be available from the "MY ARTICLE" link below.

December 17, 2016 (Final)

Galarreta Fronton, Hernani (1)(2): Uterga-Endika defeated Ezkurra II-Ion 40-30 

Full match video (EITB)

Full match video (EITB via Oriamendi2010) (added Dec. 22, 2016).

Preview article (Oriamendi 2010) This article contains a list of winners of this tournament from 1972-2015 and also 1964, 1957, and 1943.

Preview articles (Diario Vasco)

1st preview article
2nd preview article 

Match article (Oriamendi2010)

Diario Vasco

Match Statistics, scoring, and linescore (Diaro Vasco)

"Time of the match: 62 minutes and 14 seconds. Actual playingtime: 19:25

Balls in play: 394.

Service Aces: Endika, 3. Ion, 3.
Service Faults: Endika, 0. Ion, 0.

Winners in play: Uterga, 21. Endika, 8. Ezkurra II, 19. Ion, 4.
Errors in play: Uterga, 2. Endika, 2. Ezkurra II, 5. Ion, 3."

Scoring (EITB)

Uterga +19 -2, Endika +10 -4; Ezkurra II +18 -8 Ion +6 -3

Balls in play: 394: Uterga 99 Endika 103; Ezkurra II 90 Ion 102

Condensed linescore (winners always listed first--Diario Vasco): 1-0, 1-1, 2-1, 2-2, 5-2, 5-3, 9-3, 9-4, 10-4, 10-11, 12-11, 12-13, 15-13, 15-15, 16-15, 16-17, 18-17, 18-19, 23-19, 23-21, 24-21, 24-22, 27-22, 27-24, 32-24, 32-25, 33-25, 33-27, 35-27, 35-28, 39-28, 39-30, 40-30.

It is difficult to imagine a match played this well (53 or 58 winners, 12 or 17 errors in total, depending on who was scoring) could end up this one sided. The answer is that U-E built small advantages into a big victory. Uterga was +1 (EITB) or +2(DV) winners and -3(DV) or -6(EITB) errors v Ezkurra II. Endika was +4 (both sources) winners and -1(DV) or +1(EITB) errors v Ion. It added up to a decisive win for the champions, but a quick look at the linescore shows that this match was very close during its first half. It wasn't until a 9-3 run from 24-22 that U-E were able to break it open (46:02-54:55 on the video). U-E finished the tournament with 5 wins and 2 losses. E-E finished 4-3.

Endika, Urriza, and Ion won individual awards. Selected awards were presented by José Joaquín Erkizia, a Remonte fan who has attended matches at Galarreta regularly since it opened in June of 1970. Mr. Erkizia is 94.

MY ARTICLE: Orona Tournament: from beginning to end. Note that this article also links to 3 other tournament full match videos.