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.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Remonte--Euskal Jai Berri 2017 Gala del Remonte

On March 10, 2017 Euskal Jai Berri held its 2017 Gala del Remonte, an awards presentation and 2 partidos. The following awards were given:

2016 Best Player: Javier Urriza

Urriza won 3 Euskal Jai Berri tournaments in 2016: the San Fermin and San Isidro pairs tournaments, as well as the Navidad singles tournament (added March 17, 2017).

2016 Best Front Court Player: Xanti Uterga
2016 Best Back Court Player: Ion Etxeberria
2016 Most Versatile Player: Endika Urrutia

This was due to the fact that Endika, now a back court player, played the entire Navarra Tournament in the front court. He played 4 matches and won them all, winning the tournament with Ion. (added March 17, 2017).

2016 Most Promising Young Player: Xabier Azpiroz

Preview: (Euskal Jai Berri)

Preview: (

Labrit, Iruna (Pamplona) (1)(2)

Score Source: Euskal Jai Berri

Erburu-Garces defeated Etxarri-Otano 30-21

Urterga-Endika defeated Urriza-Ion 35-27.  Euskal Jai Berri changed the score on their website from 35-26 to 35-27. (changed on March 17, 2017).

Uterga won his 10th consecutive match (see the Galarreta STAR Match recurring page on the right side of the blog for the other 9).

This marks the beginning of the 2017 Euskal Jai Berri Remonte season, a series of mostly short court tournaments throughout the year. These tournaments will be covered in the blog as they happen.

Tournament scores from 2016 can be found at the top right corner of the Euskal Jai Berri home page.

2016 Match and tournament articles. Scroll down through 8 pages to see all the match and tournament articles from last year.

It is unknown if these two matches are considered "official" EJB matches. I will count them and keep a table of EJB matches that will be updated when EJB posts appear in the main blog. 

Euskal Jai Berri Remonte Table

Key: Player; Position (d-delantero (front), z-zaguero (back); match record; points for and against, winning streak, tournaments won. Players will be ordered by match winning percentage. 1st tie breaker is most wins. 2nd tie breaker is point differential. 3rd tie breaker is point percentage.



Jai Alai/Cesta Punta--Fronton Jai Alai TV

Fronton Jai Alai TV is a Spanish language show broadcast by Canal 10 (Quintana Roo, Mexico). Shows usually, but not always, are broadcast every two weeks. The show began on October 15, 2016 and is available via the Canal 10 website and Vimeo. The latest show, which aired on March 10, 2017. ended with an interview with Pedro Andrinua, the Intendente of Fronton Mexico (phone interview begins at about 1:06:50. The show consists of topical discussions and highlights of matches past and present.

Canal 10:  Scroll down for previous shows.

Vimeo: Arrow across or scroll down for previous shows.

Multiple Modalities: South Basque: One Major Amateur Competition Ends as Another Begins

The EEPF Euskal Herriko Kluben/CPTO. de EH. de Clubes competition, featuring 25 tournaments in 8 modalities (Eskuz indivdual and pairs, Pala Motza,  Pala Goma, Paleta Goma, Larruzko Paleta, Zesta Punta, and Frontenis) began on January 28, 2017 and ended the weekend of March 10-12, 2017. The premiere South Basque amateur competition, the Gravni Competition, began on March 11, and will end with finals on April 30.

EITB televised the finals of two EHK competitions, the Ezkuz Individual Juvenile and Pairs Senior Division.

Source for all scores and match articles: EEPF

Preview finals article

Final results article 2017 EHK/ EH. with links to finals results (Spreadsheet format)

Photo Gallery for finals. (Added March 15, 2017).

March 10, 2017

Lakua, Vitoria-Gasteiz (1)(2)

Individual Juvenile Final:

Ultzama (Gascue--red) defeated Zabala (Zazpi Iturri--blue) 22-9

Senior Division Pairs Final:

Pagazpe (Santxo-Altuna--blue) defeated Ilunpe (Alberdi-Uzkudun--red) 22-21

Match article for both matches

Full match video (EITB). Individual match is the first match, Senior final begins at 39:44 on the video

The senior final was a 71 minute struggle that had 4 lead changes from 18-18, a terrific way to finish the night.


The Gravni competition, which runs from March 11 - April 30, 2017, is a provincial tournament involving players from Gipuzkoa, La Rioja, Araba, Bizkaia, Nafarroa and Iparralde (North Basque Country).The competition includes 15 modalities on mur a gauche and trinquet for men and women.

Preview article. See the reglamento document (.pdf format, 14p.) for details on the modalities and competition.

Preview article ( This article discusses aspects of North Basque Country participation in the Gravni competition.

To follow the competitions as they happen (or to recap the EHK results) go to the EEPF competition page. Click on competitions of interest and a drop down menu will appear. Click on any of the competitions and any phase from "Liga" to "Final". "Calendarios and "Calendarios de Resultados" are available in HTML and spreadsheet format. Gravni competitions will appear in the blog when there is match video.

Mano--Binakako Txapelketako/Campionato Parejas--Semi-Final League--Jornada 1

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 en 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 7Week 8 ; Week 9 ; Week 10;  Week 11Week 12Week 13Week 14--End of the Quarter-final League phase

Table of the 4 teams that advance to the Semi-final League.

Key: Team, match record, point differential, winning-losing streak going into the Semi-final League.

Irribarria-Rezusta: 12-2, +79,  +5
Elezkano-Zabeleta 7-7, +41  +1
Oliazola II-Untoria 7-7, +10 +2
Bengoetxea VI-Larunbe 7-7 -12, -1


Semi-Final League--Jornada 1

March 11, 2017

Labrit, Iruna (Pamplona) (1) (2): Bengoetxea VI-Larunbe defeated Olaizola II-Untoria 22-18 B-L 1-0, +4; O-U 0-1 -4

Match articles (analysis and/or linescores and statistics)

Diario Vasco


This was a match of two halves. The first half was named Olaizola II and ran from about 0-0 -- 5-13. The second half was named Bengoetxea VI and ran from 6-13 -- 22-18. For the longer version of this story see the match articles above. One thing to look for in the match video is the successful strategy employed by B-L. This involved keeping the pelota away from Olizazola II, which Larunbe was particularly successful at by moving in in order to drive Untoria farther away. B-L will face Irribarria-Rezusta this weekend at Donastia. They are the only team to have defeated I-R in this competition, handing them their only two losses.

Match highlights (EITB)

Match highlghts ( (parts of 23 points, including the final point).

Full match video (EITB) (Basque) (match begins at 56:14 on the video)

Full match video ( (Castilian) (scroll to "Labrit-Pamplona - 11/03/2017"

March 12, 2017

Astelena, Eibar (1)(2): Irribarria-Rezusta defeated  Elezkano II-Zabaleta 22-15 I-R 1-0 +7. E-Z 0-1 -7

Match articles (analysis and/or linescores and statistics):

Dairo Vasco


As the Deia headline stated, it was just another day at the office for I-R. After E-Z took an early 3-0 lead, a 9 point run set the tone for I-R, and though E-Z did fight back, they were never able to equalize. I-R's strategy was to pin Zabaleta as far back as possible (with Irribarria steam shoveling his high and deep bombs at this historic (1904) but rather small venue) and then pick up the pieces. An iconic picture from this match is that of Zabaleta, backing up and feeling for the back wall like a baseball outfielder feeling for the wall on a deep fly ball. Only Zabaleta couldn't catch the ball, he had to hit it. He simply was not up to the task. This match illustrates the disparity in scoring that is often evident in BP matches. The three print articles charged Zabaleta with either 5 or 6 errors. EITB was less generous, charging him with 11. Any way you look at it, it was a bad day at the office for him. E-Z now face Olaizola II-Untoria this weekend at Iruna in an elimination match.

One other thing to watch for is the interview with Elezkano II at the end of the EITB full match video. Look at his hand, bloodied on one side and quite swollen. That picture speaks a thousand words to the toll this modality can take.

Match highlights

Full match video (match begins at 49:12 on the video)

Pala--2017 Mundo Parejas--Jornada 3 and 4

Pre-Tournament qualifying round--February 17-18 ; Jornada 1: February 24, 2017 ; Jornada 2: March 3, 2017 (J2 links to full match video of both matches); Jornada 3 and 4 ; Jornada 5: March 17, 2017 ; Jornada 6: March 24, 2017Final and 3rd Place Match: April 1, 2017 (Final and 3rd place links to full match videos of both matches).

Note: All explanatory information about the tournament can be found in the Pre-Tournament qualifying round--February 17-18 link above.


Note: Source for all article links, unless otherwise specifically stated, is Munduko Pilota Batzarra (World Pilota Council). Usually MPB match articles are presented in both Basque and Castilian, using the same link. The articles appear first in Basque, and then below that in Castilian.

Individual joko scores source: InnPala Twitter feed

Jorrnada 3: March 10, 2017

1. Necol-Ibai Perez defeated Landeta-Imanol 3-0 (10-8, 10-8, 10-4) (30-20). Necol and Ibai Perez 100pts. Landeta and Imanol 0pts.

2. Gaubeka-Brefel defeated Fusto-Gordon 3-0 (10-2, 10-8, 10-9) (30-19). Gaubeka and Brefel 100pts. Fusto and Gordon 0pts.

Jornada 4: March 11, 2017

1. Gaubeka-Brefel defeated Landeta-Imanol 3-2 (5-10, 8-10, 10-5, 10-1, 10-4) (43-30). Gaubeka and Brefel 60pts. Landeta and Imanol 40pts.

2. Necol-Ibai Perez defeated Fusto-Gordon 3-2 (6-10, 8-10, 10-9, 10-6, 10-7) (44-42). Necol and Ibai Perez 60pts. Fusto and Gordon 40pts.

Match article for all four matches

Innpala brief summary for the weekend.

En las dos próximas jornadas los partidos que se disputaran serán definitivos de cara a la clasificación general, todos los tantos son de vital importancia. Si la clasificación sigue de la misma manera la clasificación para la final puede ser por tantos así que a partir de ahora a luchar cada tanto como si fuese el ultimo.

Los resultados de la doble jornada dejan sin opciones a Landeta y Gordon pese a mejorar su rendimiento y comenzar a sumar mientras para las dos plazas para ser finalistas están muy reñidas con tan sólo 20 puntos de margen entre los 3 primeros de cada demarcación.

Google attempted English Translation

In the next two days the matches that will be disputed will be definitive in the face of the general classification, all points are of vital importance. If the classification follows in the same way the classification for the final may be by so many so from now on to fight every bit as if it were the last ..

The results of the double day leave Landeta and Gordon  without options despite improving their performance and to begin to add whereas for the two places to be finalists they are very close with only 20 points of margin between the first 3 of each demarcation.


The outcome of the League phase began to come into focus, as Landeta and Gordon were eliminated. The table is identical on both sides, with 3 players who are within 20 points of each other are vying for two spots in the final. That said, the two days play were diametrically opposite. This was the weekend where the 1st half of the League phase ended and the 2nd half began. The first half ended as it had begun, with two shutouts. Each of the first 6 matches ended 3-0. The second half began with two nail biting 3-2 finishes.

Journada 3: After 2 difficult jokos, N-I won easily over L-I in the third. After being hammered 10-2 in the 1st joko, F-G put up a valiant fight in the 2nd and 3rd against G-B. It was a sign of things to come for F-G.

Jornada 4: The next day the partnerships stayed the same, but the match ups switched. And the matches were spectacular. After cruising through the first 2 jokos (20-13), L-I collapsed and were dominated by G-B (30-10) in the last three. F-G were on the cusp of victory, with a 9-8 lead in the third joko after winning the 1st two jokos (20-14). But they couldn't get to the finish line, losing the last 2 points, N-I used the momentum from that comeback to win the last two jokos and the match. The match article praised the play of both Fusto and Gordon and said both teams received an ovation after the 75 minute struggle.

Next week it will be Necol (260pts.)-Gordon (40pts.) v Gaubeka (260pts.)-Imanol (240pts.) and Fusto (240pts.)-Ibai Perez (260pts.) v Landeta (40pts.)-Brefel (260pts).

Table at end of Jornada 4:

Key: Player, W-win, L-loss, joko score, tournament points, match record

Delanteros (Front Court)

Gaubeka  (3-0, 0-3, 3-0, 3-2), 260 pts, 3-1
Necol    (0-3, 3-0, 3-0, 3-2), 260 pts, 3-1
Fusto    (3-0, 3-0, 0-3, 2-3), 240 pts, 2-2
Landeta  (0-3, 0-3, 0-3, 2-3),  40 pts, 0-4

Zagueros (Back Court)

Brefel     (0-3, 3-0, 3-0, 3-2), 260pts, 3-1
Ibai Perez (3-0, 0-3, 3-0, 3-2), 260pts, 3-1
Imanol     (3-0, 3-0, 0-3, 2-3), 240pts, 2-2
Gordon     (0-3, 0-3  0-3, 2-3),  40pts. 0-4

Table at the end of Jornada 3:

Key: Player, W-win, L-loss, joko score, tournament points, match record

Delanteros (Front Court)

Fusto    (3-0, 3-0, 0-3), 200 pts, 2-1
Gaubeka  (3-0, 0-3, 3-0), 200 pts, 2-1
Necol    (0-3, 3-0, 3-0), 200 pts, 2-1
Landeta  (0-3, 0-3, 0-3), 0 pts,   0-3

Zagueros (Back Court)

Imanol     (3-0, 3-0, 0-3), 200pts, 2-1
Brefel     (0-3, 3-0, 3-0), 200pts, 2-1
Ibai Perez (3-0, 0-3, 3-0), 200pts, 1-1
Gordon     (0-3, 0-3  0-3), 0pts.   0-3


Table of wins and losses for the 2016-2017 season.

Key: Player; Position (d=delantero (front court), z=zaguero (back court)); match wins-losses; joko (set) wins-losses; winning-losing streak; championships won. Matches that are single partidos will be noted. Table will be according to match winning percentage. 1st tie breaker will be number of wins. 2nd tie breaker will be joko win-loss differential. We begin the season with  La Liga Kutxabank, starting October 29, 2016.

March 11, 2017

Championships:  L=La Liga; MI-Mundial Individual


Ibai-Perez(z).....14-4....46-26..+2*....2(L, MI)

*Does not include the result of Nov.25, 2016 independent match Gaubeka--Ibai-Perez v Zubiri-Imanol. The result is unknown at this time. I will add it when I find it.

For cumulative accounting of this player table see the InnPala Player win-loss table under the Pala page on the right side of the blog


Pre-Tournament qualifying round--February 17-18 ; Jornada 1: February 24, 2017 ; Jornada 2: March 3, 2017 (J2 links to full match video of both matches); Jornada 3 and 4 ; Jornada 5: March 17, 2017 ; Jornada 6: March 24, 2017Final and 3rd Place Match: April 1, 2017 (Final and 3rd place links to full match videos of both matches).

Note: All explanatory information about the tournament can be found in the Pre-Tournament qualifying round--February 17-18 link above.