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.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Main Nue--Player Rankings: 2016 Final rankings.

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.

 2016 Final Rankings--November 26, 2016 Current through Tournois de Villefranque. Ducassou's victory in the Tournois de Villefranque increased his lead at the top of the rankings. Bilbao's defeat in the final of that tournament allowed him to leapfrog Guichandut into fourth place. This was the final ranking for 2016. A match between Ducassou-Waltary and Larralde-Bilbao was played at Trinquet Haitz Paen, Anglet on December 3, 2016. Here Ducassou received the trophy as top ranked player of the year and a large banquet was held.

Top 5
Ducassou
Larralde
Bilbao
Ospital
Guichandut
 
Complete Player Rankings as of November 21, 2016. Current through Tournoi de Paris. While Larralde was injured, Ducassou won the Tournois de Paris to again take the lead in the rankings. There were no other changes among the top 5 players.

Top 5
Ducassou
Larralde
Ospital
Guichandut
Bilbao

Complete Player Rankings as of November 11, 2016. Current through Tournoi de Macaye.

Top 5
Larralde
Ducassou
Ospital
Guichandut
Bilbao

Main Nue--Tournoi de Villefranque

Tournoi de Villefranque (1)(2)(3), an EP 1000 competition, was played November 23 and 26, 2016.

Tournament preview article (Pilota Ttiki)

November 26, 2016

Final:

Bielle-Ducassou defeated Waltary-Bilbao 40-32

Match article (Pilota Ttiki)

Selected linescore (winners always listed first)

10-4; 15-5; 20-13; 20-26; 25-30; 32-32; 40-32

Match article, audio interview with Ducassou, full match video, and link to traditional dance performed for the players after the final (Esku Pilota)

Full match video (Esku Pilota Youtube)

It was a match in three distinct parts, with each team having control for a long period of time. A 13-0 run by W-B seemed to put them in command. Shortly thereafter, Waltary suffered an adductor injury. After receiving treatment, he came back but his movement was hindered and B-D took advantage to close out the match with a 15-2 run of their own. The match video is wonderful to watch in that it is shot with two cameras, both at low level, from behind and in front of the players.

November 23, 2016

Semi-finals:

Bielle-Ducassou defeated Lambert-de Ezcurra 40-14

Waltary-Bilbao defeated Inchauspe-Amulet 40-30

Match article for both matches (Pilota Ttiki)

Match article for both matches (Esku Pilota)

Main Nue--Tournois de Paris

The Tournois de Paris, an EP 1000 competition, was played at Trinquet Chiquito de Cambo (1)(2)(3) on November 18 and 20, 2016

pelotelive.free.fr Competition page

Tournament preview article (Pilota Ttiki)

November 18, 2016

* not listed in Esku Pilota player pages at present

Semi-Finals

Waltery-Amulet defeated Etchegary-Lezcano 2-0 (15-8, 15-6)

Monce-Ducassou defeated Darmendrail*-Bilbao 2-0 (15-6, 15-3)

Match articles for both matches (Pilota Ttiki)

November 20, 2016

Final

Monce-Ducassou defeated Waltary-Amulet 40-19

Match article for both final and third place match (Pilota Ttiki)

Match article (Esku Pilota)

Linescore with commentary, statistics, graph, photos, and video of one point (Pelotelive.free.fr)

Third place match:

Etchegary-Lazcano defeated Darmendrail*-Bilbao 40-29.

According to Amulet (as explained in the Pilota Ttiki article) the players asked for the format to be changed after the semi-final matches. Amulet's thinking on this is illuminating. Also, according to the PT article, the final was closer than the score indicated, with many long points that were fiercely contested.