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.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Mano--Binakako Txapelketako/Campionato Parejas--Week 5

Binakako Txapelketako/Campionato Parejas, the premier doubles competition of the 2016-2017 Mano season, began December 2, 2016. 8 teams compete for the title. The first (league) phase is a double round robin (14 matches). The top 4 finishers will then face off in a single round robin (3 matches). The two winners will play in a final on April 9, 2017.

Asegarce Competition Page

Asegarce League phase table

ASPE League phase table

Wikipedia Competition Page (Castilian)

Full ongoing league phase table (with total points and differential):

Source for all match articles, unless otherwise specifically stated, is will also keep an ongoing phase table at its main Parejas site and with every match article.

Match linescores will be provided from match articles when available. Full match linescores can be found at Twitter feed.  Track back to the date and match and follow from beginning to end. The feed is also available at the Main site of while the matches are in progress.

Source for all highlights and full match videos, unless otherwise specifically stated, is EITB.

Week 1Week 2Week 3; Week 4;

Week 5

December 30, 2016

A. Etxeberri Municipal (1)(2): Bengoetxea VI-Larunbe defeated Elezkano II-Zabaleta 22-18

Match article with statistics and linescore

With Bengoetxea VI leading the way with +13 -2 B-L built leads of  8-3 and 19-13. Then they held off an E-Z rally to win. B-L were hampered by 8 Larunbe errors.  B-L 2-3 (+1) E-Z 2-3 (-1)..

Match highlights (EITB)

Full match video (match begins at 55 minutes, 45 seconds on the video)

December 31, 2016

B. Bizkaia, Bilbo (Bilbao) (1)(2): Irribaria-Rezusta defeated  Urrutikoetxea-Imaz 22-21.

Match article with statistics and linescore

In a great match with 3 lead changes, I-R came back the last time, from almost certain defeat (19-21) to win by the mininum. U-I are now 1-2 as a team after U-Berioz began at 0-2. Imaz is a powerful striker of the ball who can return it with ease from the far reaches of the court. U-I are in  a very deep hole in this competition, but they are by no means out of it. I-R are playing fabulous Mano at the moment.  I-R 5-0 (+5) U-I 1-4 (-2)

Match highlights

Full Match video (match begins at 1:23:37 on the video)

January 1, 2017

C. Astelena, Eibar (1)(2): Altuna III-Barriola defeated Ezkurdia-Merino II 22-18.

Match article with statistics and linescore

Altuna III returned after 4 weeks out with a knee injury and immediately made his presence felt. E-M were ahead 10-4 when the match was delayed by Barriola becoming sick to his stomach. When he returned, A-B kicked their game into high gear, outscoring E-M 18-8. Altuna III led all scorers with +13 in an a battle of attrition that consumed 675 balls in play and lasted a little short of an hour and a half. A-B 2-3 (+1) E-M 2-3 (-1)

Match highlights

Full match video (match begins at 55:22 on the video).

 January 2, 2017

D. Beotibar, Tolosa (1)(2): Oliazola II-Untoria defeated Victor (substituting for Artola)-Albisu 22-9

Match article with statistics and linescore (Deia)

A 9-0 run took the score from 8-6 to 17-6 and O-U cruised home from there. 12 V-A errors, including several errors in attack by Victor made O-U's day easier. O-U 3-2 (+1)A-A 3-2 (-1).

Match highlights

Match highlights ( (5 selected points)