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.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Main Nue: Baptiste Ducassou--Juge Arbitre

The Federation Francaise de Pelote Basque (FFPB) held its Amateur Main Nue Individuel Final at Trinquet Moderne, Bayonne (1)(2) on April 23, 2017.

A. S. Eskulari-Lahonce (Dufourcq) (blue)  defeated A├»retik-Mendionde (Bonetbelche) (red) 40-33.

Match article (Pilota Ttiki)

17 photos (FFPB) Scroll to "National A" near the bottom of the page.

For Dufourq this match evened his record against Bonetbelche in amateur finals held in the last two months, as Bonetbelche had won the Ligue de Pelote du Pays Basque Championship on March 26, 40-26.

But there was another interesting aspect to the FFPB final. Look closely at the FFPB photos. One in particular. It is the "Juge Arbitre" for this match, none other than Baptiste Ducassou, the premier back court player in Main Nue at present. It seems that Ducassou, in the heat of the moment in an FFPB Championnat de France Poule match in March, lost his temper at what he thought was a poor call and let the Juge Arbitre know it in no uncertain terms. He apologized later.

Instead of a punitive reaction such as a suspension, which is invoked regularly in other "major league" sports, the FFPB required him to be Juge Arbitre for this match.

Now that is a sports story we don't hear about very often :)

Pala: Bizkaia Open Begins

The 2017 Bizkaia Open short court tournament, a "bridge" between the recently completed winter Pala season and summer tournaments and festivals, began on April 22, 2017 and will end with a Pro-Am and Amateur final on June 17. Though it is known by the name of the venue for some of the matches, including the final, this tournament is played at venues all over the South Basque Country. This year a North Basque Country venue is also scheduled for the competition. The venues are: Bilbao, Armintza, Balmaseda, Biarritz, Gallarta, Sopela, Mungia, Zalla, and Zierbena. This is a single round robin tournament with 6 teams, comprising the entire InnPala roster, plus two promising amateurs, who are paired with last year's champions. The teams:

* Amateur

Necol-Martin Figeac*
Mikel Sanz*-Imanol
Fusto-Ibargarai
Zubiri-Ibai Perez
Gaubeka-Gordon
Landeta-Brefel

Mikel Sanz played in last year's tournament. The other amateur player in that tournament was Iker Gordon, now an InnPala professional. Martin Figeac won the Federation Francais de Pelote Basque 2016 Championat de France Junior (under 22) pala corta competition. Match video for that Final match is available via pelotelive.free.fr (Make sure to click on "desactiver" under the video in order to disable PFF's auto refresh. Otherwise the video will stop). Figeac is in the back court on the red team. He was also runner up in the 2016 IX Mondial Pelota Basque Espoirs Fronton 36m under 22 amateur Pala Corta competition played in  October 2016 at Biarritz. There is also full match video for that Final. Figeac is in the back court on the red team.

Standings for the Bizkia Open will be determined entirely by number of jokos (sets) won.

At the end of the league phase, a two match semi final (1 v 4 and 2 v 3) will be played to determine the finalists. There will be a Final for the amateur competition that accompanies this competition, followed by the Final, on June 17.

Tournament preview article (Deia)

Tournament preview article (mundodeportivo.com)

Complete recap of the 2016 Bizkaia Open, including all match scores, tournament table, and link to full match video of final match.

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April 22, 2017

Jornada 1

Sources for match scores: Innpala Twitter feed, Diario Vasco Cartelera (April 23), and Innpala Fronton Facebook page. Note that for the the second match below, DV had the scores correct but the winners reversed.

Bizkaia, Bilbo (Bilbao) (1)(2)

Fusto-Ibargarai defeated Gaubeka-Gordon 3-0 (10-5, 10-7, 10-5)

Zubiri-Ibai Perez defeated Mikel Sanz*-Imanol 3-2 (7-10, 7-10, 10-6, 10-4, 10-4)

As of this posting, I have found no match articles or videos for these matches.

Bizkaia Open Table

Key: Team; Joko Record, Team Points, Match Record

Fusto-Ibargarai..................(3-0); 3; 1-0
Zubiri-Ibai Perez ..............(3-2); 3- 1-0
Mikel Sanz*-Imanol......... (2-3); 2; 0-1
Gaubeka-Gordon ..............(0-3); 0; 0-1
Necol-Martin Figeac*
Landeta-Brefel

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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.

April 22, 2017

Championships:  L=La Liga; MI-Mundial Individual; MP-Mundial Parejas

Fusto(d)............13-8....46-37..+4.......1(MP)
Gaubeka(d)......11-9....43-38...-4*....1(L)
Zubiri(d)...........9-8.....34-31..+1*
Necol(d)...........11-12...46-49.+1
Landeta(d)........6-13...31-46..+1

Ibai-Perez(z).....17-6....59-37..+1*....3(L, MI, MP)
Ibargari(z)..........9-8....35-31...+2
Brefel(z).............9-8....35-32...-1
Imanol(z)...........8-12...38-44...-1*
Gordon(z)..........7-15...32-53...-1

*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.