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.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Pala--La Liga Kutxabank--Week 8

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--December 2-3, 2016 

Week 7--December 10, 2016

Week 8 (Source for match and individual joko scores: Diario Vasco Cartelera (Dec. 17, 2016)

December 16, 2016

Zubiri-Brefel defeated Gaubeka--Ibai-Perez 3-1 (10-5, 10-6, 5-10, 10-6)

Fusto-Gordon defeated Necol-Ibargari 3-2 (8-10, 10-9, 9-10, 10-7, 10-3).

Article that details the playoff possibilities going into the final round of league play on December 23, 2016. (Source: InnPala Fronton Facebook page). The matchups will be Gaubeka--Ibai-Perez v Necol-Ibargari and Fusto-Gordon v Landeta-Imanol. In week 3 (Nov. 12--see the link above, full match video is available for the match) G-I defeated N-I 3-2 (10-4, 10-9, 4-10, 6-10, 10-3). In week 5 (Nov. 26--full match video is available for the match) F-G defeated L-I 3-0 (10-4, 10-9, 10-7).

Gaubeka--Ibai-Perez' slump continued as the league phase neared its conclusion. They lost their second match in succession. They have lost 6 of their last 9 jokos (sets). Zubiri-Brefel, who finished their league phase,  desperately needed to win for a decent chance at a semi-final appearance. They took control of the match early, dominating the first two jokos, and cruised home. Fusto-Gordon, who have vastly improved their performance after an 0-2 (1-6 jokos) start, showed that they are going to be a handful for any opponent after coming back from 0-1 and 1-2 deficits to defeat Necol-Ibargari in a match that was crucial to both. By winning, F-G kept their hopes of a semi-final alive. They will need to take care of business against Landeta-Imanol (no easy task, given the quality of L-I's recent play) and get a bit of help from G-I (preferably a sweep v N-I). It should make for an entertaining evening at Gallarta on Friday night.

League Table:

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

Gaubeka--Ibai-Perez.. 5-2....(3-2, 3-1, 3-2, 3-2, 3-1, 2-3, 1-3)..........18
Zubiri-Brefel...............4-4....(2-3, 3-1, 3-0, 2-3, 3-0, 0-3, 1-3, 3-1)...17
Necol-Ibargari:...........3-4....(3-1, 2-3, 2-3, 3-2, 1-3, 3-1, 2-3)...........16
Fusto-Gordon.............4-3....(1-3, 0-3, 3-2, 3-0, 1-3, 3-0, 3-2)...........14
Landeta-Imanol..........2-5....(1-3, 1-3, 2-3, 0-3, 0-3, 3-1, 3-2)...........10

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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.

December 16, 2016

Gaubeka(d)..5-2....18-14..-2*
Zubiri(d)..... 5-4....20-14..+1*
Fusto(d).......4-3....14-13...+2
Necol(d).......3-5....16-19....-1
Landeta(d)...2-5....10-18..+2

Ibai-Perez(z).5-2....18-14...-2*
Ibargari(z)....4-4.....19-16..-1
Brefel(z)........4-4....17-14...+1
Gordon(z).....4-4....14-16..+2
Imanol(z).......2-5...10-18..+2*

*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: Zuberi-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--XXVI Bizkaiko Kluben Arteko Txapelketa 2016 finals

Sponsored by Bizkaiko Eusko Pilota Federakuntza (BEPF) and El Corte Ingles (Madrid based Spanish Department Store Chain), two club finals (Junior and Senior) of  the XXVI Bizkaiko Kluben Arteko Txapelketa Mano tournament were played December 17, 2016.

Kurtzea Fronton (Galdakano) (1)(2)

1. Adiskide (Galdakao) (Karnegal-Artola) (Blue) defeated Izarra (Portugalete) (Lizundia-Garcia) (Red) 22-9

2. Usansolo (Usansolo) (Betia-Zabala) (Red)  defeated  Hori-Hori (Elorria) (Aspiri-Kastillo) (Blue) 22-16

More information about the tournament

Full match video for both matches

Senior match begins at 43 minutes, 57 seconds on the video.