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.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Main Nue--FFPB Championnat de France Elite Pro Individuel--Results of January 16, 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"). Note: Benesse was added to the Esku Pilota player pages sometime in January 2017.

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;    January 6, 2017January 9, 2017; January 14, 2017;

January 16, 2017

Le Garat, St. Jean-Pied-de-Port (1) (2)

Preview article for both matches (Pilota Ttiki)

Match statistics source: H. Ocafrain (Garat "Lundi" page). Note: the statistics will only be available until the next "Lundi" match. Occasionally, Esku Pilota copies these statistics into a spreadsheet. If that happens, I will link to it. If not, I will copy these out to preserve them here. 

A6. The scheduled A6 match between Ospital and Waltary was postponed due to Ospital's heel injury. It has been rescheduled for next Monday, January 23, 2017 at Le Garat.

In its place, a "lever de rideau" (curtain raiser)  between two amateurs was played.  

Cubiat defeated Iturbe 40-30.

Match statistics:

Equalities: 4-4; 7-7; 11-11; 12-12; 14-14; 16-16; 17-17; 18-18

Decade linescores: (winner always listed 1st)

4-6; 11-9; 16-14; 22-18; 27-23; 33-27

Time of the match: 58 minutes, 31 seconds. Actual playing time: 20:28.

Scoring: Cubiat +34 (12 service aces, 5 egindakoak, 4 xareat, 5 pumpa xare, 1 ziloat, 3 dejadez, 1 buruzgain, 1 motz, 2 izkin motz), -11 (including 1 service error)
                Iturbe: +19 (4 service aces, 4 egindakoak, 1 xareat, 3 pumpa xare, 4 dejadez, 2 buruzgain, 1 izkin motz), -6

From the scoring evidence, Cubiat did a little more of almost everything (including errors), but his service ace advantage was decisive. The first half of the match was very competitive before Cubiat slowly pulled away.

B7. Benesse defeated Palomes 40-31.

Match statistics:

Match statistics (Esku Pilota spreadsheet of Ocafrain statistics) (added January 18, 2017)


7-7; 9-9; 10-10; 13-13; 14-14; 15-15; 18-18; 19-19;

Decade linescores (winner always lised 1st)

7-3; 10-10; 15-15; 21-19; 28-22; 32-28; 39-31

Time of the match: 56:23. Actual playing time: 19:46

Scoring: Benesse +22 (5 service aces, 8 egindakoak, 2 xareat, 4 pumpa xare, 1 buruzgain, 2 izkin motz), -9 (including 1 service fault)
               Palomes: +22 (5 service aces, 4 egindakoak, 2 xareat, 5 pumpa xare, 1 ziloat, 2 dejadez, 3 izkin motz), -18 (including 3 service faults).

The first half of this match was even. Palomes was still in the match going into the 7th decade. At that point an 8-3 run sealed the match for Benesse.  A quick look at the scoring may be instructive. The difference in error totals was the exact difference in the match. Benesse advances to the Liguilla phase of the tournament.

Benesse will first face Monce (seeded into the tournament at this level) at Le Garat on on January 30. They played in a "lever de rideau" on  January 2. Monce won that match, 40-33. 

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. 

Mano--Binakako Txapelketako/Campionato Parejas--Week 7

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 1;  Week 2;  Week 3;  Week 4;  Week 5;   Week 6

Week 7

January 13, 2017

The league phase reached its halfway point with Irribarria-Rezusta in command at 6 wins and 1 loss (corrected from 5-2 January 19, 2017). 6 other teams were bunched together with either 4 or 3 wins. Urrutikoetxea-Imaz were at the bottom of the ladder with 2 wins and 5 losses.  

A. Fronton Daniel Ugarte, Hendaya (1)(2): Bengoetxea VI-Larunbe defeated  Irribaria-Rezusta 22-16. 

Match article with statistics and linescore 

B-L handed I-R their first loss of the tournament. The winners came out smoking and quickly led 10-2, including 3 left wall winners by Bengoetxea VI where Irribarria was moving the wrong way.  I-R came back late and a 5-1 run from 17-11 left them in a position for a great comeback victory. But it never happened, as Bengoetxea VI personally shut the door, with a left wall winner, a cross court kill shot, a beautiful high-deep shot that forced a Rezusta error, and a serve that Irribarria mis-hit.   I-R 6-1 (-1) B-L 3-4 (+1)

Match highlights

Full match video (match begins at 1 hour 8 minutes on the video)

January 14, 2017

B. Labrit, Iruna (Pamplona) (1) (2):  Altuna III-Barriola defeated Olaizola II-Untoria 22-16.

 Match article with statistics and linescore

In a match pitting two of the best shot makers in the tournament, Altuna III got the best of Olaizola II, leading his team to victory. According to EITB, it was Altuna III +12 -4 and Olaizola II +8 -3. Altuna III won the left wall battle 6-4, the cross-court kill shot battle 2-0, and the 2 wall battle 2-0. Olaizola III won the high and deep shot battle 3-0. He was also less accurate with his own lethal cross-court kill shot than usual. As a result, A-B got off to a quick start, and then, after Olaizola II began working over Barriola with high deep shots to get O-U back in the match, A-B took the lead again, this time for good. A-B remain undefeated when playing together. When either one or both of them have been out, the team has lost all its matches. A-B 4-3 (+3) O-U 3-4 (-2)

Match highlights

Full Match video (match begins at 1:09:07 on the video).

January 15, 2017

C. Adarraga, Logrono (1) (2): Ezkurdia-Merino II defeated Jaka (substituting for Elezkano II)-Zabaleta 22-15

Match article with statistics and linescore 

Feature article on Erik Jaka (Deia)

Erik Jaka debuted in this competition in a match that had many more errors than winners (23-14 by the count of EITB, had the count slightly different). From 16-15 to the end most of the 6-0 run by E-M that finished the match were due to E-Z errors. Jaka showed potential and a deft touch on his left wall shot that earned him 5 winners. However the winners were neutralized by 4 certain winners that he hit too low. Elezkano, whom Jaka replaced, will be out at least 3 to 4 weeks with an ankle ligament injury. E-M 4-3 (+2) E-Z 3-4 (-1)

Match highlights

Match highlights ( Youtube) (15 selected points, including the final point).

Full match video (match begins at 59:50 on the video).

January 16, 2017 

D.  Beotibar, Tolosa (1)(2): Urrutikoetxea-Imaz defeated Victor (substituting for Artola)-Albisu 22-18.

Match article with statistics and linescore 

A 9-3 run by U-I broke open a tight match (12-10--21-13). V-A made a valiant comeback with a 5-0 run of their own but it wasn't enough. There were almost as many errors as winners in the match. Victor was in double figures with winners and errors. U-I 2-5 (+1) A-A 3-4 (-3)

Match highlights

Match highlights ( 11 selected points.