Euskaraz irakurri: Azkoitian hasiko da 2024ko Binakako Txapelketa, ostiralean
Eight couples will fight starting this Friday, November 24for the txapelas of the 2024 Couples Championshipwhich was presented this Tuesday at the Frontón Bizkaia in Bilbao. The final The championship is scheduled for March 31, and will be played in Pamplonain it Navarra Arena. With respect to the pelota players who participated as starters in the last edition, the only new thing is the entry of Iñaki Artola instead of Mikel Urrutikoetxeain Baiko, and it should be noted that Jokin Altuna, damaged in his left shoulder, and Unai Laso, in the final stretch of his recovery after hip surgery, will not play in the first games. Elezkano will take Altuna’s place in the first two matches, while Larrazabal will be in charge of replacing Laso in their first match.
Thus, the eight couples selected by Baiko and Aspe will face each other starting this coming weekend at the quarterfinal groupwhich will consist of fourteen days; That is, each pair will play twice against each of the others. The first two finishers will obtain direct qualification for the semi-final groupwhile the couples that finish in the quarterfinals in the positions third, fourth, fifth and sixth will play a play-off in which the other two places for the semi-final group will be defined. From this phase the four finalist pelotaris of the new edition of the championship will emerge.
In this way, these are the couples who will try to steal the txapelas won in 2023 by Aitor Elordi and José Javier Zabaleta:
P. Etxeberria – Zabaleta
Ezkurdia – Tolosa
Altuna III – Martija
Elordi – Rezusta
Jaka – Mariezkurrena II
Laso – Aranguren
Peña II – Albisu
Artola – Imaz
As has been said, the first working day of the 2024 Couples Championship will begin on Friday in Azkoitia, in the Gurea fronton (Ezkurdia-Tolosa vs. P. Etxeberria-Zabaleta); On Saturday, the Atari-Soro of Aizarnazabal will take over (Jaka-Mariezkurrena vs. Larrazabal-Aranguren), and on Sunday the competition will reach the Baratze, in Segura (Artola-Imaz vs. Peña II-Albisu); already on Thursday, the 30th, in Eibarwill conclude this initial day of the quarterfinal group (Jaka-Mariezkurrena vs. Larrazabal-Aranguren).
Playoffs and semi-finals
The playoffs will take place on February 22 (3rd and 4th place), February 23 (5th and 6th place) and February 25 (the loser of the 22nd against the winner of the 23rd); The semi-finals, on the other hand, are scheduled on these dates:
-March 2, 9 and 16, at the Labrit fronton.
-March 3, 10 and 17, in Vitoria, Bilbao and Eibar.
Atano III pediment of San Sebastian
As explained in the presentation, with the aim of the Atano III fronton in San Sebastián regaining its former prominence, the legendary fronton will host four festivals: on December 8 and 22, as well as on February 4 and 18, 2024.
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