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Wednesday, December 7, 2016
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.
Tour 1 (November 28, 2016)
Tour 2 preview article: (Pilota Ttiki)
December 5, 2016:
1. Gonzalez defeated Guichandut 40-36
Equalities: 5-5; 28-28; 31-31; 36-36
Decade line scores (winner always listed first)
3-7; 9-11; 11-19; 18-22; 22-28; 34-36
Time of match: 1 hour, 7 minutes, 33 seconds, actual playing time: 23:55
Gonzalez +33 (16 service aces, 4 egindakoak, 2 xareat, 4 pumpa xare, 3 dejadez, 1 buruzgain, 1 motz, 2 izkin motz) -10 (1 service fault)
Guchandut +26 (11 service aces, 3 egindakoak, 2 xareat, 7 pumpa xare, 2 motz, 1 izkin motz) -7
2. Ospital defeated Monce-Ondars 40-10
Decade linescores (winner always listed first)
10-0; 15-5; 23-7; 32-8; 40-10
Time of match: 45:54, actual playing time: 17:17
Ospital +30 (15 service aces, 3 egindatukoak, 5 xareat, 3 pumpa xare, 2 dejadez, 1 buruzgain, 1 motz -3
Monce-Ondars +7 (3 service aces, 1 egindatukoak, 2 xareat, 1 pumpa xare) -10
Match article for both matches (Pilota Ttiki)
1.Peio Guichandut led for much of the match and at every decade mark. However, Mikel Gonzalez won the last 6 points of the match, completing an 18-8 run, to climb one step higher on the ladder. His next opponent will be one of last year's semi-finalists, Ximun Lambert, on December 12, 2016.
2. Mathieu Ospital scored the first 10 points of the match and maintained or increased his lead at every decade mark, completely dominating Antton Monce-Ondars. The brief summary by Garaziko Pilota said it best: "Ospital impérial. Mauvais après-midi pour Monce-Ondars." Mathieu Ospital's next opponent will be Pascal de Ezcurra, also on Dec. 12.