Jai Alai: Master Jai’s weekly update by frontonnews
February 28, 2009, 5:32 pm
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26/02/2009: Churruca has been the main character in Orlando Jai Ali, where he managed to reach no less then twelwe wins. Alltogether this gives him 59 victories, which places him as number four in the Most Wins. Olabe is still in the lead with 67 quinielas won. Among the backcourters Gino and Tommy have stood out during the last days, each accounting for nine wins.

In Miami Lopez is still in the lead thanks to the ten pairs quinielas and 5 individuals that he has won since last thursday. With last weeks wins, he managed to increase the distance to Beñat and Girard. Also worth mentioning is the the good play by Aizarna, which has given him ten wins, and the bad luck for Irastorza, Ladutxe and Lejardi, who have not been able to gather many points due to injuries.

En Dania Erik has a firm grip on the Most Wins through his eleven quinielas won last week. That is two more than Korta and three more than Diego and Arrieta. The best backcourter has been Manex, who is now at place seven. Other good news from Dania is the reappearence of Gotzon Enbil.

In Ft. Pierce Hernandez became best pelotari last week with six victories, one more than Troy. Hernandez is still number one in the standings.

Source: Master Jai

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Jai Alai: Master Jai’s Game Schedule by frontonnews
February 26, 2009, 11:15 am
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Monday, 2 of March, 17:00 (CET)
FRONTÓN GERNIKA JAI ALAI

First Game
TREKU-JOAKIN – LEKUE-KEVIN

Second Game
BARONIO-ELIZEGI – OLHA-ALBERDI III

Third game
AIMAR-FÉLIX – ALBERDI II-MUGARTEGI

Source: Master Jai



Mano pairs: schedule and webcast information for the first weekend of semi finals by frontonnews
February 25, 2009, 11:01 pm
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The first two semi final matches are as follows:

Saturday 28th February
Labrit, Pamplona
18:00 (CET) OLAIZOLA II – MENDIZABAL II v MARTINEZ DE IRUJO – GONI III
No webcast. On Telecinco in Spain.

Sunday 1st March
Atano III, San Sebastian
17:00 (CET) BENGOETXEA VI – BELOKI v BERASALUZE VIII – BEGINO
Webcast on ETB-Sat

In addition to this, note that there will be two matches, unconnected with the championship, available for viewing on ETB-Sat on Friday night. They are as follows:

22:15 (CET) SARALEGI – APRAIZ v CABRERIZO – BEROIZ
23:25 (CET) GONI II – EULATE v CAPELLAN – LASA III

Labrit hosts the first semi final match

Labrit hosts the first semi final match

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Mano pairs: final standings from the qualifying round by frontonnews
February 25, 2009, 10:57 pm
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The Pairs Championship will enter the semi final stage this weekend, upon the completion of the quarter final rounds on Monday. The top four pairs will proceed to play each of their three fellow qualifiers in turn over the next weeks to decide the finalists. Defending champions Olaizola II and Mendizabal II will kick start the semi finals on Saturday with a match against Martinez de Irujo and Goni III in Pamplona. Bengoetxea VI and Beloki, and Berasaluze VIII and Begino will enter the fray in San Sebastian on Sunday.

1. Berasaluze VIII-Begino 8 5 3 152 155 5
2. M. de Irujo-Goñi III 8 5 3 156 132 5
3. Olaizola II-Mendiza. II 8 5 3 145 139 5
4. Bengoetxea VI-Beloki 8 4 4 149 158 4

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5. Gonzalez-Barriola 8 4 4 155 145 4
6. Xala-Zubieta 8 4 4 159 131 4
7. Titín-Pascual 8 3 5 155 155 3
8. Olaizola I-Patxi Ruiz 8 2 6 118 173 2

Berasaluze and Begino qualify in first place

Berasaluze and Begino qualify in first place

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Mano pairs: win for Xala and Zubieta sends Bengoetxea VI and Beloki through by frontonnews
February 25, 2009, 12:22 am
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Monday 23rd February
Beotibar, Tolosa
XALA – ZUBIETA beat OLAIZOLA I – PATXI RUIZ 22-6

The final scoreboard tells us that Asier Olaizola and Patxi Ruiz lost once again at Beotibar on Monday. This in itself was hardly important, or startling, news. However, the result of this match meant so much more and a seemigly pointless encounter between two pairs, already eliminated from the championship, took on the status of one of the strangtest and most important matches of the year so far. The fate of two couples, Bengoetxea VI/Beloki of Asegarce and Gonzalez/Barriola of Aspe hung on this evening; a Xala/Zubieta win would see the former qualify for the semi finals and an Olaizola I/Patxi Ruiz win would see the latter pair go through. Whatever happened, a win for either side would result in elimination for a pair from their own empresa. Certain elements of the press spent the week discussing the potential ramifications of this situation; could either pair be tempted to play at ‘worse than their best’ for the good of their own empresa? In the end however, fair play was the only sporting option and there was nothing remotely suspect about the outcome as Asier and Patxi were once again outplayed by a better pair. Xala and Zubieta have won their last three matches in commanding style and Monday was no different. Xala must consider himself unlucky to be leaving the tournament at this stage given the recent exalted level of his play. Despite being one of the players of the competition, he has never quite had the defender to back him up and head to head record against the other pairs in contention was his undoing in the finals standings. He did however bid farewell with a flourish to which Asier Olaizola, who gave everything he could muster, had no answer. Zubieta, on this occasion, supported him consumately, outplaying Patxi Ruiz with ease.

And so, Oinatz Bengoetxea and Ruben Beloki will be back for more as the championship moves into the semi final stage. Gonzalez and Barriola suffer from Asier and Patxi’s failure to perform and leave the competition. They will be joined in the next stage by defending champions Olaizola II and Mendizabal II, Martinez de Irujo and Goni III, and Berasaluze VIII and Begino.

Bengoetxea and Beloki are through

Bengoetxea and Beloki are through

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Mano pairs: Aimar and Oier show nerves of steel to qualify at Astelena by frontonnews
February 23, 2009, 11:31 pm
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Sunday 22nd February

Astelena, Eibar

OLAIZOLA II – MENDIZABAL II beat GONZALEZ – EULATE 22-19

The equation was simple: the winners would qualify for the semi-finals and the losers would sweat it out. This duel had been headlined by the meeting of Olaizola II and Barriola, two immovable obstacles of big match play, the former possessed of a lethal left hand in attack, the latter resembling a brick wall in defence. The result, many thought, would hinge on their respective abilities to hit the high notes in a game where every point would matter. In this respect, the match turned out to be a let down, for the haematoma in Barriola’s right hand, acquired last week, had failed to recover. Leitza’s famous son was therefore replaced by Pedro Martinez de Eulate Maestresalas, the 29 year old from Lizarra-Estella who has two pairs championship wins on his resume. Despite Eulate’s status as a highly dangerous customer, the defending champions were now firm favourites, but matches of such magnitude are rarely straightforward to call. In the end, nerves of steel were required and unshakable determination would win the day: step forward Aimar Olaizola, the coolest cucumber in Navarre.

Early signs suggested that the defending champions had blown it. They endured a nightmare against Irujo and Goni III last week, hardly aided by Aimar’s suspect stomach, and it appeared that they had continued where they left off. After six points, Gonzalez and Eulate were 6-0 up, through a combination of some excellent attacking play from Gonzalez, two mishits from the back by Mendizabal and a wide swipe from Olaizola. Mendizabal found himself peppered with long balls in an early attempt to test his mettle; in the first seven points, he struck the ball 24 times to Olaizola’s 9. For the Asegarce pair it was therefore imperative to find a way to break the stranglehold in which they found themselves.

An error from Gonzalez gave the champions the serve and the advantage of their elected balls and from this point on, the disparity in points closed, gradually. As the score moved from 1-6 to 9-9, one sensed that Aimar had finally settled into the task at hand. Errors from Mendizabal, who still appeared ill at ease, were obviated by three exquisite hooks by his partner as well as a searing 98 kph serve expertly placed down the wall to which Eulate had no answer. Another excellent serve then set up a sitting duck of a winner and Aimar seized the lead for the first time in the match.

There now began a period of play when the Asegarce pair slowly and almost imperceptably pulled away in terms of both quality and composure. True, Aimar would make four more errors in the course of the game and Oier five but their opponents were the guiltier. Eulate in particular leaked points, his earlier solidity in the face of Olaizola seemingly gone. Mendizabal on the other hand saw his trajectory rise, hitting with ever increasing confidence and class. He was responsible for one of the shots of the match when, with the score at 17-15 he hit a skidding ball from the back of the fronton at such an angle that Gonzalez stood open mouthed in bewilderment. But it was Olaizola who was the chief architect of the solid recovery. Aimar’s great strength is his control of the pace of a match, every nuance calculated by his superb tactical brain. His pair never built a commanding lead and never obliterated their opponents with a barrage of dramatic hitting but the impression he gave was of a puppeteer pulling the strings. So clinical was his outward demeanour that one could be forgiven for overlooking his moments of brilliance as he demonstrated his wide repertoire of hooks, smashes and drops. Particularly impressive was his skill in turning defence into attack from the side wall; lack of operating space seemed to concern him not one bit. One match point was squandered when Gonzalez pulled off a masterful shot into the corner under unimaginable pressure but another miss by Eulate ensured the defending champions safe passage to the next stage of the competition. While his supporters gasped in relief, the tension past, Aimar nonchalantly signed autographs as if nothing had ever happened.

Scoring sequence (Olaizola II and Mendizabal II first): 0-6, 1-6, 2-6, 2-7, 2-8, 6-8, 6-9, 9-9, 10-9, 10-10, 11-10, 11-11, 12-11, 15-11, 15-12, 15-15, 19-15, 19-16, 20-16, 20-18, 21-18, 21-19, 22-19

Aimar in control

Aimar in control

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Treku and Kevin turns the game by frontonnews
February 23, 2009, 10:47 pm
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23/02/2009:

AIMAR-GARAI –     24
TREKU-KEVIN –     25

Duration: 49 minutes

Scoring sequence: 1-1, 2-2, 3-3, 3-5, 5-5, 6-6, 9-6, 9-7, 12-7, 12-8, 13-8, 13-9, 14-9, 14-10, 17-10, 17-11, 18-11, 18-15, 20-15, 20-18, 21-18, 21-19, 22-19, 22-20, 23-20, 23-21, 24-21 and 24-25

Treku and Kevin turned 18-11 against them to a victory 24-25 in the game in Gernika Jai Alai. In a very exciting last part of the game Treku and Kevin won four straight points taking them from 24-21 to 24-25. The first half of the game belonged to Garai, who played in a very convincing way. Treku had some problems with his serves, resulting in two pasas.

The result of the other two games was:

ALBERDI II-ALBERDI III –  35
OLHA-ELIZEGI –  32

BARONIO-GARITA –  25
LEKUE-MUGARTEGI –  30

David Treku

David Treku

Source: Master Jai