Asegarce have announced the signing of two new pelotaris, Iker Tainta (Barañaian-Navarra) and Alvaro Untoria (Nájera-La Rioja). Tainta plays his first match on 25th June in Pamplona, while Untoria will make his debut on 2nd July in his home town.
Meanwhile, Arretxe II has re-signed with the empresa for the next two years, and Oteiza has renewed for six months. Penagarikano, whose contract is about to run out, is still in talks.
Three players will not have their contracts renewed. Aratz Mendizabal leaves after eight years with the empresa. In that time he won the second tier championships in both Pairs (2005) and 4 1/2 (2006). Inigo Diaz, second tier 4 1/2 champion in 2007, leaves after six years. The Asegarce bosses are reportedly unhappy with his progress since his debut in 2005. Inaki Eskudero also moves on. He made his debut in 2003, and was runner up in the second tier pairs championship in 2005, 2008 and 2010. He will remain active, joining Garfe 11, where he will play alongside the likes of Koka, Capellán, Mikel Goñi, Fernando Goñi, Eugi and Eulate.
The Torneo Ciudad de San Sebastian begins tonight in the famous Gipuzkoan city, with an interesting encounter, featuring Juan Martinez de Irujo of Aspe playing with Oier Mendizabal of Asegarce. Mendizabal, Pairs Champion in 2008, is more used to playing alongside Irujo’s great rival Aimar Olaizola, currently injured, and it will be fascinating to see him work with the Manomanista Champion, who pipped him and Aimar to the Pairs title in 2009. Their opponents, who are well used to each other, are regular partners Pablo Berasaluze and Aritz Begino. This is effectively a quarter final match, used to decide the semi final opponents of Xala and Apraiz on Tuesday. The other semi, which takes place on Monday, pits Zubieta and Titin against Bengoetxea VI and Barriola.
Friday 20th August, Donostia-San Sebastian
22:25 (CEST) CABRERIZO II – LARRINAGA v RICO IV – OTEIZA
23:25 (CEST) MARTINEZ DE IRUJO – MENDIZABAL II v BERASALUZE VIII – BEGINO Torneo Ciudad de San Sebastian
Sunday 22nd August, Oteiza
17:00 (CEST) RETEGI BI – L. GALARZA v IDOATE –MERINO II
18:10 (CEST) MARTINEZ DE IRUJO – EULATE v TITIN III – BARRIOLA
To watch, go to https://www.eitb.eus/television/etb-sat/en-directo/
Patxi Ruiz will miss Monday’s Pairs Championship match in Tolosa after straining a gluteal muscle. He will be treated with a combination of rest, physiotherapy and anti-inflmmatories. Alexis Apraiz steps into the breach to partner Asier Olaizola against Xala and Zubieta. Jabier Otezia will substitute for Apraiz in the Second Tier Pairs, in which he plays with Inigo Diaz.
More injury woes for Patxi Ruiz
Image from: El Correo Digital