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 27, 2016

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

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. The 1st round quarterfinal league competition took place on  Oct. 14-16, 2016. The second round was played on Oct. 21-23.

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.

Quarterfinal league second round: Note: Current group tables are available at the main site above, as well as at all match articles. The winners of the first round play against each other in the second round. The losers also play each other.

Group A:

October 21, 2016

Atano III Fronton, Donostia (San Sebastian) (1) (2): Altuna III defeated Victor 22-19

Match article

For the second match in a row Victor couldn't hold on to a large lead. This was a more difficult defeat because he was seemingly in total control at 12-19. Then Altuna III closed the match out with 10 consecutive points. 9 errors contributed to Victor's defeat. He is still mathematically alive in the tournament, but he needs to defeat Urrutikoetxea and also have another match go his way to stay in the competition.

Match highlights

Full match video (match begins at 41 minutes 48 seconds on the video).

October 22, 2016

Bizkaia Fronton, Bilbo (Bilbao) (1) (2): Urrutikoetxea defeated Irribarria 22-11

Match article:

Two six point runs by this competition's defending champion guaranteed him a place in the semi-finals as he improved his record in the quarter-final league to 2-0 with an easy victory over Irribarria. Watch the match and you'll see a master at work, moving Irribarria all over the court. Urrutikoetxea was aided by 8 Irribarria errors.

Match highlights

Full match video (match begins at 1:18:48 on the video).

Group B:

October 22, 2016

Labrit Fronton, Iruna (Pamplona) (1) (2) Oliazola II defeated Ezkurdia 22-21

Match article:

In the best match of the tournament so far, Oliazola II came back from deficits of 13-17 and 16-21 to win by the minimum. It was his second comeback victory in a row and guaranteed him a place in the semi-finals. Earlier Ezkurdia had overcome deficits of 7-2 and 13-8 to put himself in a position to win. Sadly, full match video is unavailable. The match highlights do, however, show the last point, won by a typically brilliant Oliazola II cross court kill shot.

Match highlights (highlights of this match begin at 0:49 on the video)

October 23, 2016

Beotibar Fronton, Tolosa  (1) (2) Bengoetxea VI defeated Retegi BI 22-8.

Match article:

For the second week in a row Retegi BI scored the first point of the match and then never came near the lead again. Two 6 point runs by Bengoetxea VI, along with 8 Retegi BI errors, sealed an easy win. Bengoetxea VI will now play Ezkurdia in the 3rd quarter-final league match to determine the 2nd semi-finalist from Group B.

Match highlights

Full match video (Match begins at 49:56 on the video).

Pala: Iker Gordon joins InnPala roster, replacing the recently retired Mikel Ayerbe--Information about the upcoming La Liga Kutxabank competition.

"La liga kutxabank de pala profesional se inicia este sábado en el Bizkaia de Bilbao," by Igor G. Vico (Deia, Oct.26,2016).

The newspaper story gives details of the upcoming La Liga Kutxabank professional Pala competition, to be played from this Saturday, October 29, 2016 through the final on January 7, 2017. More information about the tournament is available at InnPala .

The article also discusses Iker Gordon, the new professional signed by InnPala to replace the recently retired Mikel Ayerbe. He will partner with Fusto in La Liga Kutxabank.

Multiple Modalities--North Basque amateur competitions begin.

Amateur competitions for the 2016-17 season began in the North Basque Country in late September. I will check in with selected competitions when match videos are available. Most of the beginning tournaments are regional in nature. Later in the season the Federation Francais de Pelote Basque (FFPB) national (Championnat de France) and other specialty competitions will begin. The seaon will climax with the  FPPB Grand Semaine, a week of multiple tournament finals for all age and talent groups, held mostly outdoors on fronton place libres.

The best place to follow all of these competitions is Nowhere else that I know of consolidates the ongoing results of as many competitions. No other BP website I know of is as well organized with so much information. PFF has a very powerful query database that allows interested users to query a competition database for any or all of eight different variables. For those of you just getting started with North Basque pelote sports, the best way to start is to query the entire database  by "medias". Select "Videos" and "recherche". You will retrieve competitions in 11 different sports, played on three different kinds of courts, by men and women of different age and talent levels, sponsored by multiple agencies. Click on any "voir" to get to a competition and then look for the film icon. MAKE SURE TO "DESACTIVER" the PFF auto-refresh feature (which is used for keeping up with match point by point scoring) when viewing a match. Otherwise the video will stop. In many cases there are links to Youtube sites of origin for these matches, which you may want to investigate, as the Youtube site may have more exhaustive video coverage of the sport than PFF does. In most, but not all PFF cases where video is available, it is available for finals or semi-finals (at the bottom of each competition list). This is the best way to learn these sports.

For those of you who are familiar with these sports, the best way to find out what is going on is to query the same database by saison (2016-2017). Click on "voir" to see the progress of any competition you are interested in. To obtain more information about an individual competition, simply cut and paste the acronym for the organizer into a search engine. If you don't get what you are looking for, search with the acronym plus "pelote" or "voir" the competition in PFF for the full name of the organizer and query that. The organizer will often have results more quickly than they are available at PFF and you will become familiar with the various organizations.

You will also want to bookmark the national organizing agency for Basque Pelote in the North, FFPB, for information about national competitions. At the site you will find a calendar of national competitions that run from January through June, 2017. Most of these competitions will be covered by PFF but this calendar is essential for those who are interested in staying "ahead of the curve". Results for these competitions will be avialable at the FFPB results database, as well as PFF.

At this time there are match videos available for one sport, Xare. They are provided by the  Urrunarrak Pelote Youtube site. Urrunarrak is one of the clubs that plays in the Ligue de Pelote du Pays Basque  Championnat du Pays Basque 2017 - Xare - 1ère série (or  LPPB Resultats and Classements). Search either for "Trinquete / Xare" and Categorie "1ere Serie - 1.Maila".

MY ARTICLE: My first Xare match.