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.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Multiple Modalities-- FIPV VI Copa del Mundo

The FederaciĆ³n Internacional de Pelota Vasca held its VI Copa del Mundo November 20-26, 2016, It was a 30 meter court specialty tournament held in Santiago, Chile. Tournaments were held for men and women in Paleta Goma and Frontenis. Frontenis is a modality that hasn't been covered in this blog before now.

Basics of Frontenis

18 countries participated.

FIPV VI Copa del Mundo competition contexts and day by day match articles:



Finals: Full match videos (Vivo Sport)

Mexico won 3 competitions. France won 1.

1. Women's Frontenis--Mexico v Spain  (0:00-1:20:00)
2. Men's Paleta Goma--Mexico v Argentina (1:20:00-2:05:12)
3. Women's Paleta Goma--France v Argentina (2:05:12-3:17:02)

Interview with Maritxu Chapelet-Husset and Amaia Etchelecu, winners of the women's Paleta Goma Championship (Pilota Ttiki) (Added December 6, 2016)

Women's Paleta Goma Semi-Final--France v Mexico (FIPV) (Added December 7, 2016)

4. Men's Frontenis--Mexico v France (3:17:02-3:55:01)
5. Closing Ceremony--(3:55:01-4:42:38)

Other Full match videos (FIPV)

Other Full match videos (Vivo Sport)

20 separate matches plus Opening cermonies (Marcello Baumann Youtube site (Added December 11, 2017)

The Vivo sport videos are better for keeping score of the matches you are interested in, but not labeled particularly well.

Final medal table

Pala--La Liga Kutxabank--Week 6

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

Week 4--November 19, 2016

Week 5--November 25-26, 2016

Week 6 (Source for match and individual joko scores: InnPala and Diario Vasco Cartelera articles.)

December 2-3, 2016

December 2:

Zubiri-Brefel defeated Landeta-Imanol, 3-0 (10-8, 10-4, 10-8).

Gaubeka--Ibai-Perez defeated Fusto-Gordon 3-1 (10-4, 10-6  7-10, 10-6)

League Table:

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

Gaubeka--Ibai-Perez...5-0....(3-2, 3-1, 3-2, 3-2, 3-1).....15
Zubiri-Brefel..............3-2....(2-3, 3-1, 3-0, 2-3, 3-0).....13
Necol-Ibargari:............2-2....(3-1, 2-3, 2-3, 3-2)............10
Fusto-Gordon..............2-3....(1-3, 0-3, 3-2, 3-0, 1-3)......8
Landeta-Imanol...........0-5....(1-3, 1-3, 2-3, 0-3, 0-3)......4

December 3:

Landeta-Imanol defeated Necol-Ibargari 3-1 (10-7, 10-9, 6-10, 10-6)

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

League Table:

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

Gaubeka--Ibai-Perez.. 5-0....(3-2, 3-1, 3-2, 3-2, 3-1)..........15
Zubiri-Brefel..............3-3....(2-3, 3-1, 3-0, 2-3, 3-0, 0-3)...13
Necol-Ibargari:...........2-3....(3-1, 2-3, 2-3, 3-2, 1-3)...........11
Fusto-Gordon.............3-3....(1-3, 0-3, 3-2, 3-0, 1-3, 3-0)....11
Landeta-Imanol..........1-5....(1-3, 1-3, 2-3, 0-3, 0-3, 3-1)......7 

Note: N-I are listed above F-G because that is how they are listed at InnPala. Match records are meaningless in the actual tournament scoring mechanics. Jokos (sets) only are counted. Since N-I have the same number of points in fewer matches, they are ahead even though their match record is worse. This, of course, will sort itself out when all teams have played the same number of matches.

The biggest surprise package of the tournament was delivered on December 3. Landeta-Imanol scored a huge upset over Necol-Ibargari for their first win of the tournament. Fusto-Gordon's upset of Zubiri-Brefel was perhaps not as surprising, but the way they did it, in shutout fashion, was. And what a match that must have been, only 5 points separating the two teams after 3 jokos. At the end of this session the last semi-final spot was wide open (compared to how it looked just one day before). Even L-I have an outside chance if they can sweep their last two matches and have other matches fall their way. Unfortunately, one of L-I's matches will be against the leaders of the competition and L-I cannot really afford to lose one joko the rest of the way. Z-B, N-I, and F-G all have solid semi-final chances. And with some help, first place and an automatic trip to the finals is within their reach. There are a lot of "long shots" going into the end of the league phase. And the events of December 3 made most of them possible.


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.

December 3, 2016



*Does not include the result of Nov.25, 2016 independent match Gaubeka--Ibai-Perez v Zubiri-Imanol. The result is unknown at this time. I will add it when I find it.

Includes Nov. 19, 2016 independent match: Zubiri-Ibargari defeated Necol-Gordon 3-0 (10-8, 10-3, 10-9) at Bizkaia.

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.

Mano--Abel Barriola announces his retirement after 19 years.

Abel Barriola, ASPE back courter, has announced his retirement from the game. He will retire at the conclusion of the Mano Parejas competition (which began December 2, 2016 and will end in April of 2017).

Barriola is one of 7 players in the history of Mano to win the triple crown (singles, doubles, and 4 1/2 Championships). Full match videos (EITB) are available for all of those victories.

4 1/2 Championship: 2001 Ogueta (Vitoria-Gasteiz): defeated Eugi 22-10.

Singles: 2002 Atano III (Donastia (San Sebastian)): defeated Beloki 22-3

Doubles Championship: 2014 Bizkaia (Bilbo (Bilbao)) Mtz. de Irujo-Barriola defeated  Olaizolla II-Aretxabaleta 22-13

He also participated in 8 other finals in those disciplines.

Retirement articles:

Noticias de Gipuuzkoa

Deia(1) (2)

Diario Vasco

ASPE Player page

Main Nue--Trinquet Garat Super Prestige singles tournament begins

The 23rd Super Prestige is a singles tournament, an EP 2000 competition played at the cathedral of Main Nue, Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port's (Donibane Garazi) "Le Garat"(1)(2).

It will be played on Mondays from November 28, 2016 to January 8, 2017. This is a seeded singles tournament,  with 2 matches each Monday. The tournament will be played in knockout fashion with 4 "tours", followed by two semi-finals and a final (played on a Sunday). Seeding in one bracket (from low to high) is: Guichandut, X. Lambert, Bilbao, and Larralde. And in the other bracket: Ospital, de Ezcurra, Waltary, and Ducassou. The seeding can be seen graphically here.

2015 SP results

The tournament is organized by Garaziko Pilota (Societe Sportive Goizeko Izarra)

Tournament Competition page

The ongoing results of the tournament will be available on a "ladder" chart. Statistics and commentary for only the most recent Monday matches should be available, but it is unknown whether they will be available for every match. Esku Pilota sometimes puts these statistics into a spreadsheet. If they do, they will be linked to. If not, because of the importance of this tournament, I will copy them.

The first "tour" was played on November 28, 2016.

"Tour 1" preview article (Pilota Ttiki)

Source for match statistics: H. Ocafrain (Goiziko Izarra)

1. Gonzalez defeated Olcomendy 40-31

Equalities: 13-13

Decade line scores (winner always listed first)
4-6; 8-12; 17-13; 25-15; 31-19; 34-26; 39-31

Time of match: 52 minutes 25 seconds, actual playing time: 17:39


Gonzalez +31 (20 service aces, 2 egindakoak, 6 xareat, 1 pumpa xare, 2 dejadez) -7
Olcomendy +24 (10 service aces, 5 xareat, 4 pumpa xare, 1 dejada, 1 buruzgain, 1 motz, 2 izkin motz) -9

2. Monce-Ondars defeated Etchegaray 40-24

Equalities: 0-0

Decade linescores (winner always listed first)
9-1; 18-2; 21-9; 24-16; 34-16; 38-22

Time of match: 54:00, actual playing time: 20:26


Monce-Ondars +30 (15 service aces, 6 egindatukoak, 1 xareat, 5 pumpa xare, 2 dejadez, 1 buruzgain, -5 (1 service fault)
Etchegary +19 (7 service aces, 3 egindatukoak, 1 xareat, 2 pumpa xare, 1 dejadez, 3 motz, 2 izkin motz) -10 (1 service fault).

Match article for both matches (Pilota Ttiki)

1. Trailing 12-8, Gonzalez put together a 17-3 run and cruised home from there. Almost 2/3 of his points came from service aces. Both players were very accurate with direct point shots (xareat and pumpa xare), Gonzalez with 7, Olcomendy with 9. Gonzalez moves on to play Guichandut on December 5, 2016.

2. Monce-Ondars totally dominated Etchegaray at the beginning, winning 20 of the first 22 points. In the middle of the match, Etchegaray attempted to come back. Then Monce-Ondars shut him out completely in the 5th decade of the match to seal the outcome. 10 Etchegaray errors hurt his cause. Monce-Ondars moves on to play Ospital on December 5, 2016.