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.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Main Nue--hand protection demonstrated by Pampi Laduche

If you have ever wondered how Main Nue players protect their hands against the ravages of the game, then this 38 minute 46 second video (source: Esku Pilota Youtube site), with the legendary Pampi Laduche preparing the protection is mandatory viewing.

Main Nue--Trophee de Lohitzun

Trophee de Lohitzun (1)(2) was played on October 6 and 9, 2016

Source for scores: Esku Pilota resultats. Scroll to date and name of tournament.

*=not listed in the Esku Pilota player pages at present.

October 6, 2016:


Olcomendy*-Amulet defeated Etcheverry*-Guichandut 40-39

Larralde Freres (Peio and Bixente*) defeated Ospital-Lucu* 40-23

October 9, 2016:


Larralde Freres (Peio and Bixente*) defeated Olcomendy-Amulet 40-19

Match article, along with link to audio interview with the Larraldes and full match video:

Full match video (Source: Esku Pilota Youtube site):

Mano--Lau eta erdiko Txapelketa 2016/Campeonato del 4 1/2 de 1a categoría 2016 LEP. M

The 2016-17 professional Mano season began on October 7, 2016 with the first round of the Lau eta erdiko Txapelketa 2016/Campeonato del 4 1/2 de 1a categoría 2016 LEP. M competition.

Asegarce Competition Page

The competition has 12 players, in two groups. The opening round of four preliminary matches took place October 7-10, 2016. The four winners (two in each group) move on to a quarter final league, where they join four other seeded players (Urrutikoetxea and Altuna III in Gourp A, Oliazola II and Bengoetxea VI in Group B) in a single round robin quarter-final league. The 1st place finishers in each group will then face the 2nd place finishers in the other group in the semi-finals. Semi-final winners will play in the final on November 27, 2016.

Note: Source for all match articles, unless otherwise specifically stated is

Source for all match video, unless otherwise specifically stated, is EITB.

Match highlights for all four matches

Group A

October 7, 2010:

At Municipal Fronton, Bergara  Irribarria defeated Jaunarena 22-20

Match article:

In a very Urrutikoetxean performance, Irribarria came back from deficits of 4-10, 5-14, 8-16, and 12-19, to win. A 10-1 run at the end of the match got him over the line.

Full match video (Source: Scroll to Bergara - 07/10/2016

October 8, 2016

At Beotibar Fronton, Tolosa Victor defeated Untoria 22-17

 Match article:

Victor overcame 9 errors with 13 winners (including 2 service aces) to outlast Untoria,

Full match video:

Group B

October 8, 2016:

At Vall d'Hebron Fronton, Barcelona Retegi BI defeated Gorka 22-15

Match article:

7 Gorka errors were the difference in this match.

October 9, 2016:

At Lekunberri Fronton (1) (2) Ezkurdia defeated Arretxe II 22-16

Match article:

Arretxe II suffered a neck injury early in this match (1-2) but came back after treatment. Ezkurdia had 19 winners.

Full match video