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.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Main Nue--Player Rankings--October 2, 2016

Main Nue complete player rankings are available on the player rankings page (Under "Main Nue") on the right side of the main blog page. You can also find how these rankings are calculated there.

Complete Player Rankings as of October 2, 2016. Current through Tournoi de Saint Palais. . (Source: Esku Pilota)

Top 5:

Baptiste Ducassou reclaimed the top ranking even though he lost his semi-final at Saint Palais. The fact that he played at all moved him ahead of Larralde. Ospital cemented his third place ranking by virtue of his victory at Saint Palais. Guichandut and de Ezcurra switched places, Guichandut coming up from #6 to #4, de Ezcurra dropping to #6. Bilbao maintained his spot rounding out the top five.

Complete Player Rankings as of September 25, 2016.

Top 5:
de Ezcurra

Main Nue--Tournois de Saint Palais

Tournois de Saint Palais(1) (2), an EP 1000 tournament, was played on September 30 and October 2, 2016.

Source for scores: Esku Pilota Results pages. Scroll to date or tournament name.

September 20, 2016:

1st semi-final

Ospital-Guichandut defeated Lambert-Ducassou 40-38

2nd semi-final

Etchegaray-Bilbao defeated Bielle-Amulet 40-38

October 2, 2016:


Ospital-Guichandut defeated Etchegaray-Bilbao 40-30

Match article (Source: Esku Pilota)

Selected linescore (winners always listed first)

3-3: 4-4: 6-6; 11-15; 16-16; 17-17; 20-17; 23-20; 23-23; 31-23; 35-26; 40-30

Mano--Torneo San Saturio-Ciudad de Soria

Torneo San Saturio-Ciudad de Soria was played at Polideportivo la Juventud (1) (2) on September 30 and October 2, 2016

September 30:

Only semi-final

Bengoetxea VI-Albisu defeated Irribarria-Merino II 22-15

Match statistics, linescore, and graph (ASPE)

October 2, 2016:


Altuna III-Untoria defeated Bengoetxea VI-Albisu 22-16

Full match video (EITB) (match begins at 1 hour, 5 minutes, 5 seconds on the video)

Match article (

Match statistics (ASPE)

Partial linescore (winners always listed 1st).

14-7; 14-11; 16-16; 22-16

The final summer tournament of 2016 was yet another win for Altuna III, his 5th in 7 championship finals. He won with 4 different partners.