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, November 9, 2016

Pala--La Liga Kutxabank--Week 2

La Liga Kutxabank competition began on October 29, 2016 at Bizkaia Fronton, Bilbo (Bilbao) (1)(2). This tournament includes the entire InnPala roster, divided into 5 teams which will participate in a double round robin League competition, followed by a sem-final between the 2nd and 3rd place teams. The winner will face the League winner in a final on January 7th, 2017. Most of the matches will be at Bizkaia. There will also be matches at Sopela and Gallarta. For more on the tournament see the tournament page at InnPala.

Week 1--October 29, 2016

Week 2--November 5, 2016

Sopela (1)(2) (Joko scores source: Diario Vasco Cartelera, Nov. 6, 2016).

Zubiri-Brefel defeated Landeta-Imanol 3-1 (10-5, 1-10, 10-5, 10-9)

Gaubeka--Ibai-Perez defeated Fusto-Gordon 3-1 (10-8, 6-10, 10-1, 10-6).

Match article for both matches with 7 photos (Source: InnPala Fronton Facebook page). Auto translate may be available.

Video of Zubiri-Ibai-Perez v F-G practice on Nov. 1, 2016 (Source: InnPala Twitter feed).

Video of Gordon training (with Ibai-Perez, Fusto, and Zubiri) on Oct. 31, 2016) (Source: Innpala Twitter feed).

Match video of one point of G-I v F-G (Source: InnPala Fronton Facebook page).

Iker Gordon played his first match as a professional at his home fronton. It was a well played match, but, according to the match article, G-I are the in form team at the moment, having now won both their opening matches. Special mention was made of the play of Ibai-Perez.

League Table:

Key: Team, Match record, Joko (set) record, League points

Gaubeka--Ibai-Perez...... 2-0....(3-2, 3-1)....6
Zubiri-Brefel...................1-1....(2-3, 3-1).....5
Landeta-Imanol...............0-2....(1-3, 1-3)....2


Table of wins and losses for the 2016-2017 season.

Key: Player, Position (d=delantero (front court), z=zaguero (back court)) match wins-losses, joko (set) wins-losses, winning-losing streak, championships won. Matches that are single partidos will be noted. Table will be according to match winning percentage. 1st tie breaker will be number of wins. 2nd tie breaker will be joko win-loss differential.

November 5, 2016



For cumulative accounting of this player table see the InnPala Player win-loss table under the Pala page on the right side of the blog.

Main Nue--Tournois Herriarena and Replay of Tournoi Hoberenak (Arcangues) Final

1. Tournois Herriarena (Saint-Etienne-de-Baigorry) (1)(2), an EP 1000 tournament, was played October 23, 30, and November 6, 2016.

Source of scores: Esku Pilota Results page. Note: scroll to dates or name of tournament.

* Not listed at the Esku Pilota player page at present.

November 6, 2016


Olcomendy*-Ducassou defeated Bielle (substituting for Larralde)-Amulet 40-27

Match article, including an audio interview with Olcomendy and full match video (Source: Esku Pilota) (Added Nov. 11, 2016)>

Full match video (Source: Esku Pilota Youtube site) (Added Nov. 11, 2016).

October 23, 2016:

1st Semi-final

Olcomendy*-Ducassou defeated Beille-Guichandut 40-30.

Match statistics

O-D lead throughout the match, although B-G made a run at them in 4th decade (20-10--23-17). Bielle led all scorers with +18, but was somewhat neutralized by Guichandut's -11. Ducassou's scoring was +10 -1.

October 30, 2016

2nd Semi-final:

Larralde-Amulet defeated Lambert-de Ezcurra 40-18.


2. Tournoi Hobernak (D'Arcangues) (1)(2), an EP 1000 tournament, was completed on November 1, 2016 with a full replay of the final that was originally played on July 14, 2016. That match was postponed after Larralde suffered an ankle injury.

Full coverage of the tournament.

November 1, 2016

Final Replay

Larralde-Ducassou defeated Waltary-Bilbao 40-28

Match article, along with link to an audio interview with Ducassou and full match video (Source: Esku Pilota)

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

The second try at playing this match suffered the same fate as the first, except for the fact that Bilbao was able to come back from injuring his left hand. In fact the break seemed to interrupt L-D's momentum and led to an 15-2 run and a 18-16 lead for W-B. But they couldn't keep their momentum going, and L-D dominated the rest of the match 24-10 to win the championship.

Mano--Lau eta erdiko Txapelketa 2016/Campeonato del 4 1/2 de 1a categoría 2016 LEP. M--3rd 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. The third and final round was played on Oct. 28-30, 2016

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 third and final round: Note: Final group tables are given below.

Group A:

October 30, 2016

Atano III Fronton, (Donostia (San Sebastian)) (1) (2): Altuna III defeated Irribarria 22-9.

Match article

For the second match in a row Altuna III ended the match with a big run. He wasn't in the desperate straits that he was in against Victor (trailing 12-19 before scoring the last 10 points), but blew open a 7-7 deadlock by outscoring Irribarria 14-1. He finished 2-1, 2nd in Group A and will now face the winner of Group B Oliazola II at this venue on November 13. Irribarria finished the tournament 1-2 in the league phase and 2-2 overall.

Match highlights

Match highlights (

Full match video (match begins at 1 hour 15 minutes 15 seconds on the video).

October 31, 2016

Santanape Fronton, (Gernika (Guernica)) (1) (2) (3): Urrutikoetxea defeated Victor 22-5.

Match article:

Urrutikoetxea dispatched Victor in a little over 1/2 hour, with the aid of  two runs that amounted to 13-2. Urrutikoetxea finished undefeated in league play (3-0) and now advances to face 2nd place Group B finisher Bengoetxea VI November 12 at Iruna (Pamplona). Victor finished the league phase 0-3 and was 1-3 for the tournament.

Match highlights

Group B:

October 28, 2016

Madalensoro Fronton  (Oiartzun) (1)(2Oliazola II defeated Retgi BI 22-6.

Match article:

For the 3rd consecutive match, Retegi BI scored the first point of a match he lost decisively. Oliazola II responded to his deficit by scoring the next 10 and finished the match with a 6 point run. Oliazola II takes a perfect 3-0 league record into his semi-final next week Retegi BI finished the league phase 0-3. To add injury to insult he damaged his left hand in this match.

Final point of the match

Full match video (match begins at 1:02:50 of the video)

October 29, 2016

Labrit Fronton, Iruna (Pamplona) (1) (2Bengoetxea VI defeated Ezkurdia 22-6.

Match article:

In the only elimination match in the final round,  a 14 point Bengoetxea VI run (7-4--21-4) led to a surprisingly easy victory over Ezkurdia. For Ezkurdia, who just a week before lost a 21-16 lead to Olaizola II, it was a sad end to a tournament that had promised much. Bengoetxea VI finished the league phase 2-1 and moves on to the semi-finals, recovering with two dominating victories after losing his own heartbreaker to Oliazola II two weeks before. Ezkurdia finished the league phase 1-2 and was 2-2 overall for the tournament.

Match highlights

Full match video ( Scroll to Pamplona-Labrit 29/10/2016

Final league table

Group A

Altuna III..........2-1

Group B

Oliazola II.........3-0
Bengoetxea VI..2-1
Retegi BI...........0-3