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.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Mano--Binakako Txapelketako/Campionato Parejas Competition begins

Binakako Txapelketako/Campionato Parejas, the premier doubles competition of the 2016-2017 Mano season, began December 2, 2016. 8 teams compete for the title. The first (league) phase is a double round robin (14 matches). The top 4 finishers will then face off in a single round robin (3 matches). The two winners will play in a final on April 9, 2017.

Asegarce Competition Page

Asegarce League phase table

ASPE League phase table

Wikipedia Competition Page (Castilian)

Full ongoing league phase table (with total points and differential):

Source for all match articles, unless otherwise specifically stated, is will also keep an ongoing phase table at its main Parejas site and with every match article.

Match linescores will be provided from match articles when available. Full match linescores can be found at Twitter feed.  Track back to the date and match and follow from beginning to end. The feed is also available at the Main site of while the matches are in progress.

Source for all highlights and full match videos, unless otherwise specifically stated, is EITB.

Week 1:

December 2, 2016

A. Fronton Gurutzeaga, Zestoa (1)(2): Artola-Albisu defeated Ezkurdia-Merino II 22-20.

Match Statistics and line score (ASPE)

Match article

The competition began with a marathon 1 hour 18 minute match that consumed 753 balls in play. After leading 19-13 and 20-15, A-A staggered home with a 22-20 victory. Artola returned to action after elbow surgery in September.

Match highlights (EITB)

Full match video (match begins at 38 minutes, 7 seconds on the recording)

December 3, 2016

B. Fronton Remontival, Lizarra (Estella) (1)(2): Oliazola II-Untoria defeated Bengoetxea VI-Larunbe 22-16

Match article, statistics, linescore (Deia)
Match article

A 12-3 run in the middle of the match was crucial in O-U's victory. Oliazola II led all players with 13 winners.

Match highlights

Full match video (match begins at 58:30 on the recording)

December 4, 2016.

C. Beloki Fronton Zumarraga (1)(2)(3) Irribarria-Rezusta defeated Elezkano II-Zabaleta 22-17

Match statistics, linescore, and graph (ASPE)

Match article

A 5 point run with the score 15-15 helped I-R win. 13 E-Z errors did not help their cause. Highlight of the match (1:34:00-1:34:07 on the video) was a Zabaleta successful rebote of an Irribarria bomb that hit the back wall. Zumarraga is a short court (barely past the 10 line), but still...

Full match video: (match begins at 58:05 on the video)

December 6, 2016

4. Beotibar Fronton, Tolosa (1)(2) Altuna III-Barriola defeated Urrutikoetxea-Beroiz 22-16

Match statistics (ASPE)

Selected match linescore (Deia) (winners always listed first)

1-0; 1-1; 2-1; 2-2; 3-3; 14-4; 15-6; 15-7; 16-12; 16-13; 17-15; 17-16; 18-16; 22-16

Match article

An 11-1 run took the match from 3-3 to 14-4 for the winners, who managed to win from that point, but not without consequences. Both Altuna III and Barriola suffered injuries, to the knee and hand respectively. Altuna III's was more severe and will cause him to miss 3 to 4 weeks. Both have been ruled out for their week 2 match. They will be replaced by Mendizabal III-Tolosa for their match against Artola-Albisu. 11 errors by U-B did not help their cause. Urrutikoetxea will be in the front court this year after winning the tournament in the back court last year.

Match highlights ( Youtube site). Highlights include the play on which Altuna III injured his knee.

Full match video (match begins at 1:04:13 on the video)

Altuna III and Barriola injury article (Diario Vasco)