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 29, 2017

Jai Alai/Cesta Punta--Pilota Ttiki interview with Eric Irastorza and EITB feature on Fronton Mexico

1. Pilota Ttiki has recently released an interview with Eric Irastorza. Irastorza recently ended his Miami Jai Alai career  after starring in the back court for nearly 20 years. In the interview, he discusses his reasons for leaving Miami and his future plans. The interview is a frank appraisal of some of the issues confronting the sport's future in the US.

"Ce Sera Tres Complique Pour La Cesta Punta de Survivre a Tout Ca"

2. EITB recently featured a small news item on the progress of the remodel of Fronton Mexico. Play is scheduled to begin there in March 2017.

EITB feature (running time 1 minute 51 seconds).

Main Nue--Pilota Ttiki feature article on Christophe Sorhondo

If you've watched some of the great Elite Pro Main Nue offered by Esku Pilota's Youtube site, watch for the judge (referee). He stands on the right side of the court. Chances are, more often than not, that man will be Christophe Sorhondo. He referees around 150 matches per year. Pilota Ttixi has released a very interesting and informative article concerning Sorhondo. It covers his background, how he came to be a referee, and some of the issues surrounding his vocation.

"Christophe Sorhondo: L’oeil de Lynx"

Mano--Herriaren XXI Txapelketa Finals

Herriaren XX1 Txapelketa, a prestigious amateur tournament played at Areta Fronton, Laudio (1)(2), began on November 4, 2016 and ended with Juvenile, under-19, and senior finals and January 27, 2017.

Competition Page (scroll to Campeonatos Privatos) Note that the competition page is a Microsoft Word document that may require downloading in order to read.

Preview article (Diario Vasco)

Finals:

Juvenile: Yuste-Mínguez defeated  Muguruza-Erkiaga, 22-7

Under 19: Alberdi-Zezeaga (red) defeated  Picote III-Ruiz (blue), 22-6

Senior:  Ojuel-Gorrotxategi (blue) defeated Ongay-Azanza (red) 22-21

Full match videos of the Under-19 and Senior finals (EITB). Senior final begins at 41 minutes 13 seconds on the video.

The preview article said the match would be close and competitive, and it was. The winning point consumed 32 balls in play.