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.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Jai Alai/Cesta Punta--Recent Happenings North and South

Here are some Jai Alai/Cesta Punta recent comings and goings in the Basque Country. Many of you may have already seen or read about some or all of this. For you this will hopefully be a "one stop" source. For those who haven't, enjoy this compilation.

North Basque:

October 31, 2016

Saint-Jean de Luz (Donibane Lohizune) (1) (2) Trophée d'Automne de Cesta Punta Final:

Olha-Errandonea defeated Laduche-Laborde 2-1 (15-12, 12-15, 5-0).

Full match video. Source: Intnationaux Cesta Punta Youtube site.

I was unable to find any information about any preliminary matches in this tournament. It was youth v experience in this hotly contested final. The player to watch in this match is 22 year old front courter Ludovic Laduche. We will be seeing a lot more of him soon, if this match is any indication. He and 18 year old Theo Laborde gave old pro Christophe Olha and Mathieu Errandonea all they could handle and then some before the veterans took over the tie-breaker.

South Basque

October 31, 2016

1. Gernika (Guernica) (1) (2)

Egiguren-Enbil defeated Hormaetxea-Lopez 2-1 (15-11, 13-15, 5-2).

Video Preview  Source: Vimeo via Jai Alai Facebook Page.

Match article (Castilian, auto-translate may be available, including 5 photos and an audio interview with Lopez). (Source: Jai Alai News Facebook page). This match article, even in translation, is one of the best I've read. It will tell you everything you need to know about the electric atmosphere and great match this was.

2. Two Interviews with Imanol Lopez

A. "Lopez: 'Estoy Feliz de Poder Jugar en Casa'," (Oct. 30, 2016). Source: Jai Alai Facebook page. Auto translate may be available at the site

B. "Imanol Lopez: 'Zestaz gozatzen segitzen dut, baina lehentasunak aldatuta'" (Oct. 29, 2016). Source: baleike.eus. No auto translate available.

3. Interview with Mikel Egiguren  "Egiguren: 'Voy a Salir a Acabar el Partido Adelante" (Oct. 28, 2016). Source: Jai Alai News Facebook page. Auto translate may be available at the site.

4. EITB Documentary: Origen: "Guillermo Amuchastegui" (Castilian, running time: 1 hour, 5 minutes, 9 seconds). "Guillermo Antonio Amuchástegui, 'the monarch', loved and hated at the same time. A character that could be the protagonist of any hollywood movie." Source: Jai Alai News Facebook page.