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, November 15, 2016

Main Nue--Player Rankings--November 11, 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 November 11, 2016. Current through Tournoi de Macaye. The top five rankings remain the same.

Top 5
Larralde
Ducassou
Ospital
Guichandut
Bilbao

Complete Player Rankings as of October 15, 2016. Current through Tournoi de Bidart.

Top 5
Larralde
Ducassou
Ospital
Guichandut
Bilbao

Main Nue--Tournois de Macaye

Tournoi de Macaye (1)(2), an EP 1000 tournament, was played November 5 and 11, 2016.

Sources for scores (Esku Pilota Results page)

November 5, 2016

Semi-finals:

Monce-Bilbao defeated L. Lambert- X. Lambert 40-26

Inchauspé-Lazcano defeated Etchegaray-de Ezcurra 40-30

November 11, 2016

Final;

Monce-Bilbao defeated Inchauspé-Lazcano 40-25

Match article, including audio interview with Bilbao and full match video

Full match video (Esku Pilota Youtube)

Like the recent Tournois de Bidart and Trophee Atharee  this tournament was played on a mur a gauche with a drop-in Trinquet dugout. And like those two tournament finals,this one is also interesting to watch from the standpoint of a right side of the court that is open. Monce-Bilbao dominated both of their matches.

Pala--La Liga Kutxabank--Week 3

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 semi-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

Week 3--November 12, 2016 (source for scores, statistics, and full match videos--EITB)

Bizkaia:

Full match video for both matches

Gaubeka--Ibai Perez defeated Necol-Ibargari 3-2 (10-4, 10-9, 4-10, 6-10, 10-3).

Scoring: Gaubeka +14 -7 Ibai-Perez +5 -6; Necol +17 -7 Ibargari +6 -14

820 balls in play. Total score: 40-36. Time of match: 74 minutes 28 seconds.

G-I remain undefeated at 3-0 (9pts). In the two matches we have scoring for Gaubeka is +29 -14.

Zubiri-Brefel defeated Fusto-Gordon 3-0 (10-2, 10-9, 10-7).

Scoring: Zubiri +10 -4 Brefel +9 -2; Fusto +8 -4 Gordon +4 -7

381 balls in play. Total score: 30-18. Time of match 40:36.

Fusto and Imanol, at present the highest ranked front and back court players on the InnPala roster, have yet to win a match in La Liga.

Match article for both matches (Source: InnPala Fronton Facebook page. Auto translate to English may be available).

League Table:

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

Gaubeka--Ibai-Perez.......3-0....(3-2, 3-1, 3-2).....9
Zubiri-Brefel...................2-1....(2-3, 3-1, 3-0)....8
Necol-Ibargari:................1-1.....(3-1, 2-3)...........5
Landeta-Imanol...............0-2....(1-3, 1-3)............2
Fusto-Gordon..................0-2....(1-3, 0-3)............1

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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 12, 2016

Gaubeka(d)....3-0.....9-5...+3
Zubiri(d)........2-1.....8-4...+2
Necol(d).........1-1.....5-4....-1
Landeta(d)......0-2.....2-6...-2
Fusto(d)..........0-2.....1-6...-2

Ibai-Perez(z).3-0.....9-5...+3
Brefel(z)........2-1.....8-4...+2
Ibargari(z).....1-1.....5-4....-1
Imanol(z).......0-2.....2-6...-2
Gordon(z)......0-2.....1-6...-2

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.