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, March 9, 2017

Multiple Modalities--Amateur Action Ramps Up With a Large Dose of Match Video

Last week was a busy week on the amateur scene in both the South and North Basque Country. The South Featured three women's tournament finals, two sponsored by EEPF  and one international mano tournament. In the North there were FFPB Championat de France National tourmament finals in two modalities. What made all this even more interesting was the wide availability of match video, greatly increasing the audience for these competitions. From the commercial quality of EITB to talented videographers like Olivier Simon to Facebook and/or Youtube films by relatives of players (Theo Pucheux) or players themselves (Timothe Sender), more and more amateur action is becoming available live, on demand, or both. Access to amateur matches that was unheard of 5 years ago is becoming commonplace.
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South Basque

1. Women's Mano:

Emakume Master Cup First Division and Elite Finals

March 5, 2017

Amorebieta IV, Amorbieto-Etxano/Zornotza (1)(2)

A. First Divsion Final:

Martinez-Bergara (blue) defeated Aramendi (substituting for Zulaika)-Bilbao (red) 22-18

B. Elite Final:

Arrizabalaga-Etxaniz (red) defeated Mendizabal-Arozena (blue) 22-14

Full Match video for both matches (EITB) via Emakume Master Cup Facebook page.

Full match video (EITB): First Division (0:00-46 minutes, 24 seconds on the video), Elite Final (58:44 to end of video)

These matches were the climax of a two month international tournament sponsored by Laboral Kutxa.

Promotional video:

Competition Context and other information about EMC

Competition preview article: (Deia)

Finals preview article (Deia)

Match article (mundodeportivo.com):

2. Women's Paleta Goma

March 3, 2017

Mallabia (1)(2)

Full match video for both matches (EITB) (Abierto Feminino: 0:00-57:21, CEEH: 57:37 to end of video)

A. Abierto Feminino de Paleta Goma Level 1 Final:

Eraiztegi-Senperena (blue) defeated San Sebastian-Erasun (red) 25-23

EEPF competition context

B. Campeonato Elite de Euskal Herria Final

Martin-Etxaniz (red) defeated Arrizabalaga-Mendizabal (blue) 25-14

EEPF competition context:

Match article for both matches

Photo Gallery for both matches (11 photos) :

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North Basque:

1.  Joko Garbi Note: for more information about Joko Garbi, including especially its role as an ancestor sport for Jai Alai/Cesta Punta see the article at bidasoa.com.

FFPB Championnat de France Joko Garbi National A and B Finals

March 4, 2017

Orthez (1)(2)

National A:

Hardoytarrak (Anglet) Sistague-Carricaburu (red) defeated U.S. Saint-Palais Amikuze (Saint Palais) Franchisteguy-Irigoin (blue) 40-37

Competition Context

Match article with photos (FFPB)

Two full match videos, one extensive highlight video. Note: if you watch this directly via Pelotelive.free.fr, be sure to "desactiver" PFF's auto refresh function (used for live scoring) or the video will stop. There are also links at PFF to the original sources of the videos.

National B:

Aviron Bayonnai 3 (Bayonne) Betbedder-Godrie (blue) defeated Kamboarrak (Cambo les Bains) X. Saint Esteben-F. Saint Esteben 40-22.

Competition context

Match article and photos (FFPB)

Two full match videos, one extensive highlight video.Note: if you watch this directly via Pelotelive.free.fr, be sure to "desactiver" PFF's auto refresh function (used for live scoring) or the video will stop. There are also links at PFF to the original sources of the videos.

2. Paleta Gomme Creuse

March 5, 2017

Mont (1)(2)

National A Final:

Pelote Lasseuboise (Lasseube) K. Pucheux (red) defeated C.A. Beglais (Begles) Sender (blue) 2-0 (15-9, 15-5).

Match article and photos (FPPB)

Two Full match videos .Note: if you watch this directly via Pelotelive.free.fr, be sure to "desactiver" PFF's auto refresh function (used for live scoring) or the video will stop. There are also links at PFF to the original sources of the videos.

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.