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.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Main Nue--FFPB Championnat de France Elite Pro Individuel--Finals, February 19-20, 2017

The Main Nue Individuel Elite Pro Championnat de France A and B competition was sponsored by the  Federation Francaise de Pelote Basque (FFPB). The competition began on December 23, 2016 and ended on February 20, 2017. You can follow its progress here. Note: the "progress here" link has been changed to a (hopefully) persistent URL that covers the entire tournament (added March 18, 2017). That link is now present in every MNIEP CDF post. also provided A and B coverage. The tournament was a seeded ladder tournament.

FFPB final summary, with links to match articles (Pilota Ttiki) for all matches and photos for the 2 finals.

* not listed on the Esku Pilota player pages at this time.

The A group consisted of Antton Amulet, Philippe Bielle, Bixintxo Bilbao, Pascal de Ezcurra, Baptiste Ducassou, Peio Guichandut, Ximun Lambert, Peio Larralde, Matheiu Ospital, and Agusti Waltary. The seeds, from low to high were: Amulet and Ospital (1/8), Bilbao and Waltary (Quarter-finals), and Larralde and Ducassou ("Liguilla").

The B group consisted of Gregory Aguirre, Jean-Philippe Benesse, Mickael Darmendrail, Vincent Elgart, Julien Etchegaray, Alexis Inchauspe, Laurent Lambert, Cedric Lucu, Alain Migueltorena, Antton Monce, Mattin Olcomendy*, and Mickael Palomes. The seeds, from low to high were: Darmendrail and L. Lambert (1/8), Palomes and Inchauspe (Quarter-finals), and Elgart and Monce ("Liguilla"). Note: Benesse was added to the Esku Pilota player pages sometime in January 2017.

The "Liguilla" phase was a round robin among the top 4 finishers (two who won their way in and two who were seeded in) which determined the finalists.

Article describing the competition (Esku Pilota)

December 23 2016-January 2, 2017;    January 6, 2017;  January 9, 2017;   January 14, 2017;  January 16, 2017 ;  January 20, 2017 ;  January 21, 2017 ;  January 23, 2017

Liguilla Semi-final Round 1-January 29-30, 2017

Liguilla Semi-final Round 2--February 3-6, 2017

Liguilla Semi-final Round 3--February 11-12, 2017


February 19, 2017

Groupe A:

Trinquet Moderne, Bayonne (Baiona) (1)(2)

Ducassou defeated Ospital 40-27

Pre-match predictions from various experts (Pilota Ttiki)

Pre-match interviews with both players (Pilota Ttiki)

Match article (Pilota Ttiki)

Match article with audio interviews with both players (Esku Pilota)

Match photos (FFPB)

Selected linescore  (winner always listed 1st) (Source: both match articles)

1-0; 3-3; 6-6; 11-6; 25-13; 25-17; 30-20; 30-25; 40-27

Ducassou was the better player on this day and won the A groupe CDF fairly easily. Runs of 5-0 and 14-7 put him in control at mid-match. After a 5-0 run by Ospital got him to within 5 points, Ducassou closed the match with a 10-2 run. Ducassou has played each of the last 3 finals. This was his 2nd win.

February 20, 2017

Groupe B:

Le Garat, Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port (Donibane Garazi) (1)(2)

Etchegaray defeated Elgart 40-21

Preview article (Pilota Ttiki)

Match article (Pilota Ttiki)

Match article with an audio interview with Julien Etchagaray (Esku Pilota)

Match statistics (spreadsheet format, Esku Pilota)

Match photos (FFPB)

Selected linescore (winners always listed 1st) (Source: Esku Pilota match article and match statistics spreadsheet)

2-2; 3-3; 7-3; 10-4; 15-5; 20-10, 26-14; 30-16; 31-19; 39-21; 40-21

Etchegaray easily won this rematch against Elgart, (who won the first Liguilla match 40-26) to claim the championship. After early equalities Etchegaray took the lead and continually lengthened it through the 6th decade. He finished with a flourish, a 9-2 run that almost doubled his opponent's total. Elgart was bothered by a bruised hand, but that should take nothing away from a dominating performance by Etchegarary.

For cumulative records of Main Nue elite professionals see the "Cumulative records of EP players" on the recurring results page on the right side of the blog.

For other match videos in other FFPB 2017 Championnat de France competitions see the FFPB CDF 2016-2017 National A and B match videos page on the right side of the blog.