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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Main Nue--Trinquet Garat Super Prestige singles tournament begins

The 23rd Super Prestige is a singles tournament, an EP 2000 competition played at the cathedral of Main Nue, Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port's (Donibane Garazi) "Le Garat"(1)(2).

It will be played on Mondays from November 28, 2016 to January 8, 2017. This is a seeded singles tournament,  with 2 matches each Monday. The tournament will be played in knockout fashion with 4 "tours", followed by two semi-finals and a final (played on a Sunday). Seeding in one bracket (from low to high) is: Guichandut, X. Lambert, Bilbao, and Larralde. And in the other bracket: Ospital, de Ezcurra, Waltary, and Ducassou. The seeding can be seen graphically here.

2015 SP results

The tournament is organized by Garaziko Pilota (Societe Sportive Goizeko Izarra)

Tournament Competition page

The ongoing results of the tournament will be available on a "ladder" chart. Statistics and commentary for only the most recent Monday matches should be available, but it is unknown whether they will be available for every match. Esku Pilota sometimes puts these statistics into a spreadsheet. If they do, they will be linked to. If not, because of the importance of this tournament, I will copy them.

The first "tour" was played on November 28, 2016.

"Tour 1" preview article (Pilota Ttiki)

Source for match statistics: H. Ocafrain (Goiziko Izarra)

1. Gonzalez defeated Olcomendy 40-31

Equalities: 13-13

Decade line scores (winner always listed first)
4-6; 8-12; 17-13; 25-15; 31-19; 34-26; 39-31

Time of match: 52 minutes 25 seconds, actual playing time: 17:39


Gonzalez +31 (20 service aces, 2 egindakoak, 6 xareat, 1 pumpa xare, 2 dejadez) -7
Olcomendy +24 (10 service aces, 5 xareat, 4 pumpa xare, 1 dejada, 1 buruzgain, 1 motz, 2 izkin motz) -9

2. Monce-Ondars defeated Etchegaray 40-24

Equalities: 0-0

Decade linescores (winner always listed first)
9-1; 18-2; 21-9; 24-16; 34-16; 38-22

Time of match: 54:00, actual playing time: 20:26


Monce-Ondars +30 (15 service aces, 6 egindatukoak, 1 xareat, 5 pumpa xare, 2 dejadez, 1 buruzgain, -5 (1 service fault)
Etchegary +19 (7 service aces, 3 egindatukoak, 1 xareat, 2 pumpa xare, 1 dejadez, 3 motz, 2 izkin motz) -10 (1 service fault).

Match article for both matches (Pilota Ttiki)

1. Trailing 12-8, Gonzalez put together a 17-3 run and cruised home from there. Almost 2/3 of his points came from service aces. Both players were very accurate with direct point shots (xareat and pumpa xare), Gonzalez with 7, Olcomendy with 9. Gonzalez moves on to play Guichandut on December 5, 2016.

2. Monce-Ondars totally dominated Etchegaray at the beginning, winning 20 of the first 22 points. In the middle of the match, Etchegaray attempted to come back. Then Monce-Ondars shut him out completely in the 5th decade of the match to seal the outcome. 10 Etchegaray errors hurt his cause. Monce-Ondars moves on to play Ospital on December 5, 2016.