One of the most important tournaments of the summer, that of San Mateo in Logrono, starts on 19th September, with the final being held on the 26th. The six pairs will compete initially in two pools of three, as follows:
Group A: Martinez de Irujo-Pascual, Xala-Zubieta, Saralegi-Begino
Group B: Titin III-Barriola, Berasaluze VIII-Apraiz, Bengoetxea VI-Patxi Ruiz
For a full run down of fixtures, see Asegarce.
There will also be a mano a mano tournament featuring four young players: Lemuno and Albisu from Asegarce, and Ladis Galarza and Merino II from Aspe.
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Friday 10th September, Zestoa
22:30 (CEST) RETEGI BI – CECILIO v APEZETXEA – GONI III
23:30 (CEST) MARTINEZ DE IRUJO – MERINO II v XALA – LASKURAIN
Sunday 12th September, Lezama
17:00 (CEST) APEZETXEA – MERINO v CABRERIZO II – ARRUTI
18:15 (CEST) TITIN III – BEROIZ v ARITZ LASA – BARRIOLA
Sunday 5th September, Lekeitio
MARTINEZ DE IRUJO – BARRIOLA beat BENGOETXEA VI -APRAIZ 22-14
In a long overdue round-up, I can report that Juan Martinez de Irujo and Abel Barriola won the top prize in Lekeitio at the weekend, beating Oinatz Bengoetxea and Alexis Apraiz by 22 points to 14. Irujo and Barriola were the clear favourites, despite the excellent form of Bengoetxea, and justified their billing to take the tournament with ease. They profitted from the inconsistency of Apraiz, who played at a level below his recent best and committed seven errors. Barriola, in contrast, was metronomic, and picked up his third player of the tournament award of the summer. Irujo, with eleven winners, appears to be returning to his best after a spell of indifferent form.
Scoring sequence: 6-0/6-3/8-3/8-6/12-6/12-7/15-7/15-8/15-10/18-10/19-13/19-13 / 21-14/22-14
Total match time: 55 minutes
Actual playing time: 23 minutes
Winners/errors: Irujo 11/4, Bengoetxea 8/4, Barriola 1/0, Apraiz 0/7
Barriola on top again
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