Daily Archives: 22 January, 2009

Mano pairs: TV and match schedule for the coming weekend

Friday 23rd January
Amorebieta IV, Amorebieta-Etxano

22:15 Campeonato Parejas Promoción Cuartos
23:30 Campeonato Parejas LEP.M Cuartos


Saturday 24th January
Villa de Iscar, Iscar

c.17:45 Campeonato Parejas LEP.M Cuartos

No coverage

Sunday 25th January
Astelena, Eibar

17:00 Parejas
18:05 Campeonato Parejas LEP.M Cuartos


Monday 26th January
Beotibar, Tolosa

c.16:30 Campeonato Parejas LEP.M Cuartos

I will add details of any coverage when they become available

Oier Mendizabal

Oier Mendizabal


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Mano pairs: Gonzalez injured, to be replaced by Olazabal

Sebastian Gonzalez, who partners Abel Barriola in the ongoing pairs championship will be forced to sit out his next scheduled match against reigning champions Aimar Olaizola and Oier Mendizabal on Saturday. Aspe report that the defender from Lapurdi is suffering from bursitis in his right knee and must undergo treatment involing antibiotics, anti-inflammatories and a compression bandage. His place in the match in Iscar will be taken by 22 year old Mikel Olazabal. This is surely a blow for the Aspe pair who have thus far taken three wins from three games and have been in scintillating form. Gonzalez has been far superior to his rivals in each of these encounters and has worked in excellent harmony with Barriola, who must now pull out all the stops as he attempts to continue their fine run with a new partner. Olazabal for his part must find a way to outwit Cuatro y Medio champion Aimar Olaizola.

Sebastian Gonzalez

Sebastian Gonzalez


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FIPV: Countries hosting the next international competitions 2009

IV World Cup of 30m Fronton. – IOC’s President Trophy:

The Mexican Federation of Fronton, having not confirmed in the asked for term its candidacy for the organization of this competition, the Executive Committee of the FIPV has admitted the candidacy of the Real Nautical Club of Tenerife presented/displayed by the Spanish Federation of Pelota. This competition will take place from the 14 to the 19 of September.

VII Trinquet’s World Championship Under 22 years:
The Argentine club of Venado Tuerto, having resigned to the organization of this competition, the FIPV will decide next friday 6 of February between the Federations of Argentina and Uruguay which will have to prepare a dossier in this sense. Predicted dates: October/November.

III World Cup of Cesta Punta/Jai Alai. – IOC’s President Trophy: –
The candidacy of the Federation of the Philippines is confirmed. The organization will be trusting to the company Master Jai, in charge of a new fronton in phase of construction. Date to be confirmed

Situation of the Fronton Mexican Federation
The existing litigations between the FIPV and the FMF have being regulated, so it has been requested from the Appeal Commission of the FIPV to consider this new situation as for application of the sanctions previously requested. The re-establishment of normal and constructive relations between both federations are sincerely hoped.

Pelote Basque French Federation
The “Pelote Basque French Federation”, after having held its Specific General Assembly, informs she is directed by a new Board of Directors and its new President is Mr. Jean François Pascassio Comte.

Jai Alai: Imanol López, number one in Miami

Imanol López has shown this summer in the Basque country that he is a top player, and the two months he has spent in Miami so far has not done much to change that.

The zaguero from Zumaia finished his short summer season as the player with the highest percentage of wins just ahead of Irastorza and is leader in the beginning of the winter season, both in total quinielas won and in win percentage, just ahead of Goikoetxea, his compatriot and rival, who last year finished as number one in Miami followed by him.

The statistics are impressive; he has won 28 of the 111 quinielas he has taken part in, which gives him a win percentage of 25,2%. Goikoetxeo has with his 24 wins a percentage of 24,2%.aaaaaaa2

Source: Translated from http://manista.blogs.com/bitacora/

Jai Alai: Arriaga out – Diego in, at Citrus

The former runner-up at the World Championship is out of the 20th Annual Jai Alai Citrus Tournament in Orlando – on Jan 23/24th. The veteran will be replaced by the young (and running hot, as of late) Diego, who some will feel should have been included in the initial selections, instead of being a replacement player.

Diego was an injury replacement in the 2008 Citrus/World Cup Tournament, where he had a very quiet showing, when play was dominated by the two teams from the Miami fronton; Rekalde/Lopez (Champions) and Goichoetxea/Irastorza (2nd place).

The cancha at Orlando is known as a notoriously fast court and with the top 16 players in the U.S. (and arguably the top four in the world) one can expect the pelota to see plenty of action. This is not a night for those faint of heart or lacking in skill. If you have a weakness in your game, it will get exploited by these players and you will find yourself sitting down quite often.

While the official program has not been published yet, past tournaments will have the tournament players playing in ‘mixed’ warm-up games – where they team with each other in quinella style games, as regular fronton players (i.e. they will not play with their tournament partners). On Friday the 23rd, the feature games will then be the singles matches – when all the frontcourters will play against each other, and all the backcourters will go at it. The scoring is single points for both the fronts and backs and the game goes to seven points. In 2008, this is how the teams finished:

Backcourt Singles:
Zuri: 7 points, WIN
Barrondo: 6 points, PLACE
Lopez: 6 points, SHOW
Irastorza: 4 points
Sierra II: 3 points
Felix: 2 points
Oyarbide: 1 point
Hernandez: 0, (subbing for Enbil)

Frontcourt Singles:
Goikoextea: 7 points, WIN
Egi: 2 points, PLACE
Barronio: 2 points, SHOW
Arriaga: 2 points, FOURTH
Aperri: 2 points
Lander: 1 point
Rekalde: 1 point
Hormaetxea: 0

On Saturday the 24th, they will again have the players play in ‘mixed’ warm-up games, with the feature being the tournament doubles game player to TEN straight points. Last year, the teams finished:

Rekalde and Lopez: 10 points, WIN
Barronio and Sierra II: 6 points, PLACE
Goikoextea and Irastorza: 3 points, SHOW
Aperri and Zuri: 3 points
Lander and Felix: 2 points
Hormaetxea and Barrondo: 2 points
Arriaga and Oyarbide: 2 points
Egi and Hernandez: 0

For the 2008 tournament there were 2 teams that were flown in from Spain to compete:

Lander and Felix:
Hormaetxea and Barrondo:

Unfortunately for this years Citrus there are no teams from overseas – hence the thrid team each from Dania and Miami.

For the current lineup of players you can have a look at the official Orlando Jai Alai website:


Stay tuned, cesta punta fans.