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, December 28, 2016

Mano--Binakako Txapelketako/Campionato Parejas--Week 4

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 1Week 2; Week 3;

Week 4:

Short video recap of all 4 matches (Elezkano-Zabaleta v Mendizabal III-Barriola highlights are here).

December 22, 2016

A. Uarkape, Arrasate (Mondragon) (1)(2)(3): Ezkurdia-Merino II defeated Urrutikoetxea-Imaz 22-15.

Match article with statistics and linescore (Deia)

An 8-1 start propelled E-M to their second consecutive victory. 8-1 was maintained all the way to 20-11 before U-I were able to close the gap and make the score more respectable. E-M 2-2 U-I 1-3

Match highlights (EITB)

Match Highlights ( Youtube) Parts or all of 12 points.

December 23, 2016

B. Biaizpe, Irurtzun (1)(2): Elezkano II-Zabaleta defeated Mendizabal III (substituting for Altuna III)-Barriola 22-3. Altuna III, injured in the 1st match of the League phase, is expected to return on January 1, 2017 v Ezkurdia-Merino II.

Match article with statistics and linescore (Deia):

Feature article on Elezkano (Deia)

Feature article on Altuna III return from injury (Diario Vasco)

Led by Danel Elizkano's  +16 (more than doubling the output of the other three players combined) and a 19 point run at the finish, E-Z won their 2nd consecutive match, dominating M-B. E-Z 2-2 A-B 1-3. 

Match highlights (see video recap of all matches above).

Full Match video ( Scroll to "Irurtzun-Biaizpe - 23/12/2016".

December 24, 2016

C. Beotibar, Tolosa (1)(2):  Victor (substituting for Artola)-Albisu defeated Bengoetxea VI-Larunbe 22-20

Selected linescore: (winner always listed 1st)

0-6; 7-7; 14-14; 15-15; 16-16; 17-17; 22-20

Match article

Match statistics (Asegarce)

With Victor substituting for Artola for the first of what could be 8-10 weeks, V-A got off to a slow start. But then they clicked into gear and evened the score with a 7-1 run. From there the two teams were evenly matched until the end, when V-A eked out the victory. They had to overcome 13 errors in order to do so. A-A 3-1 B-L 1-3

Match highlights

Full match video (match begins at 1 hour, 7 minutes, 7 seconds on the video).

December 25, 2016

D. Astelena, Eibar (1)(2):  Irribaria-Rezusta defeated Oliazola II-Untoria 22-7

Match article with statistics and linescore (Deia)

I-R took Oliazola II completely out of the match (+2 -5) and remained the only undefeated team in the competition with this easy victory. The match linescore shows no big runs, just a continual accumulation of the lead throughout the match. This match was a statement of intent for I-R, as O-U  are thought to be one of the favorites to win. I-R 4-0 O-U 2-2.

Match highlights

Full match video (match begins at 1:05:23 of the video).