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.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Main Nue--FFPB Championnat de France Elite Pro Individuel--Results of January 6, 2017

The Main Nue Individuel Elite Pro Championnat de France A and B competition is sponsored by the  Federation Francaise de Pelote Basque (FFPB). The competition began on December 23, 2016 and will end on February 20, 2017. You can follow its progress here. also provides A and B coverage. The tournament is a seeded ladder tournament.

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

The A group consists 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 are: Amulet and Ospital (1/8), Bilbao and Waltary (Quarter-finals), and Larralde and Ducassou ("Liguilla").

The B group consists 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 are: Darmendrail and L. Lambert (1/8), Palomes and Inchauspe (Quarter-finals), and Elgart and Monce ("Liguilla).

The "Liguilla" phase is a round robin among the top 4 finishers (two who win their way in and two who are seeded in) which will determine the finalists.

Article describing the competition (Esku Pilota)

December 23 2016-January 2, 2017 matches

January 6, 2017 

Arcangues (1) (2)

Preview article for both matches (Pilota Ttiki)

Match article for both matches along with an audio interview with Peio Guichandut (Esku Pilota)
Match article for both matches (Pilota Ttiki)

B4: Etchegaray defeated Aguirre 40-23 or 40-24

Both match stories list the final score of this match as 40-24. FFPB and list the final score as 40-23. In any event, after the 1st quarter of the match (7-7; 11-11) Etchegaray took complete control. Etchegary next plays Laurent Lambert at Villefranque on January 14, 2017.

In the Pilota Ttiki preview article on the Etchegary v Inchauspe match of January 20, 2017, the final score of this match is 40-23. (Added January 21, 2017).

A3: Guichandut defeated Amulet 40-39

Selected linescore (source: both articles above)

0-6; 13-13; 13-20; 17-23; 25-25; 27-27; 29-29; 30-30; 33-33; 33-38; 35-39; 39-39; 40-39

According to both accounts, neither player had a particularly good match. There were 7 equalities and Guichandut came from behind to finally win. Guichandut next plays Bilbao at Villefranque on January 14, 2017.

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.

Jai Alai/Cesta Punta--Los Templos Chinos de la Pelota

Los Templos Chinos de la Pelota (Diario Vasco (Bilbo (Bilbao)), January 3, 2016. This article gives a short history of Jai Alai Cesta/Punta in China. It also mentions landmark dates for the expansion of the sport into various parts of the globe. (Thanks To Tiger's Chalk Talk discussion forum  Jai Alai News Facebook page for discovering it).