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.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Main Nue--FFPB Championnat de France Elite Pro Individuel--Results of January 20, 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 won their way in and two who were 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

January 20, 2017

Arcangues (1) (2)

 B8: Etchegaray defeated Inchauspe 40-24

Preview article  (Pilota Ttiki)

Match article (Pilota Ttiki)

Match article (Esku Pilota)

Selected linescore (winner always listed first) (source: match articles above)

5-10; 12-12; 18-15; 18-18; 30-23; 35-24; 40-24

Etchegaray won easily again, his 3rd decisive victory in this tournament. He has outscored his opponents 120-74. The first half of the match was close, with Inchauspe in control early. Runs of 25-13 and 10-1 enabled Etchegaray to advance to the Liguilla phaseof the tournament.

Etchegaray will first face Elgart (seeded into the tournament at this level) at historic Saint Palais (0:12-0:24 on the video if your device doesn't parse the section) on January 29, 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.