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.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Jai Alai/Cesta Punta--Xistera Kluba amateur competition circuit--Tolosa Tournament Finals

Note that all print articles on the Xistera Kluba website are 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.

The Tolosa tournament finals were played on December 8, 2016. Three finals were played, including a girls final. They were played in order of age and ability with the girls match being the first match. Use the match article (reading from the end of the article to the beginning) below to identify players and locate the beginning of each match.

Preview article (Source:

Preview article  (Source:

Note that the senior final of this tournament featured the team of Unai Alberro-Julien Ihitsague. Alberro played in the Jai Alai World Tour Lekeito Masters tournament last summer. Ihitsague played three matches in the Internationaux Cesta Punta competition last summer, including the final of Master 1, with Inaki Goikoetxea. He also played in last summer's Coup de France, which he won with Jon Curveur

Match articles for all three matches (Source:

Full match videos for all three matches (Source: Youtube site)

Full match video for Alberro-Ihitsague match only

Links to all available full match videos of Xistera Kluba Finals this year (Source: Youtube site and EITB). Note that this link is to the blog post for the XK Mitruku final, the last final for which full match video is available. At the bottom of that post is a link to all earlier XK full match videos.

The next Xistera Kluba tournament is scheduled for December 17, 2016, at Markina-Xemien. It will be the grand final of finals, and last XK tournament of the year. See Xistera Kluba Calendario for details on future tournaments.

See the Xistera Kluba home page above or USstream page for details on notification of live streaming. Live and on demand streaming is available for finals only at this time.