They seem subscribed to the same number

Jokin Altuna and Jon Mariezkurrena are the provisional leaders of the Couples Championship when they got the second point yesterday at the Municipal de Bergara against Joseba Ezkurdia and Ladis Galarza, whom they defeated 11-12, curiously the same result they achieved in their debut against to Jaka and Martija on New Year’s Day at the Astelena in Eibar. They seem to have subscribed to that figure, as if it were a Lottery number.

Game time:

52 minutes and 45 seconds.

Balls to good:


So many serve:

Ezkurdia, 0. Altuna, 1.

Service fouls:

Ezkurdia, 0. Altuna, 0.

So many at stake:

Ezkurdia, 2. Ladis Galarza, 3. Altuna III, 11. Mariezkurrena II, 3.

So many lost:

Ezkurdia, 3. Ladis Galarza, 4. Altuna III, 2. Mariezkurrena II, 4.


0-1, 1-1, 1-4, 2-4, 2-6, 3-6, 3-8, 5-8, 5-11, 6-11, 6-12, 8-12, 8- 14, 9-14, 9-15, 10-15, 10-17, 11-17 and 11-22.

Exit rates:

There were no runners, but the money came out 100 to 80 in favor of Altuna III and Mariezkurrena II. 60 to 100 below.


match corresponding to the second day of the quarterfinal league of the Couples Championship played at the Municipal fronton of Bergara behind closed doors.

And that is precisely what Ezkurdia and Ladis Galarza lack. Not el Gordo, but at least the stones. On this occasion they gave a better image than at Uranzu, it was not difficult, but insufficient to take control of the game and fight the opposite. Ezkurdia is forced to pull the couple’s cart and did not do so despite trying. He needs to criticize himself, regain confidence, the spark with which he won the txapela.

Altuna has plenty of that. He alone is enough to unbalance the matches. Its beginning was spectacular. Hooks, stops to the txoko. Everything that came out of his hands became so much. By 2-6 he already had five in his bag and the figure increased to seven and a serve at 5-10. Ladis, who was favored by various escapades, was unable to remove the air. Ezkurdia was a luxury guest who could only defend himself. Of course, he tried to help his partner by getting air to the rest up to thirteen times, but not for those.

With the game practically on track, the Amezketarra seemed to take a break, although he continued to use himself with the same intensity as at the beginning in defense – Ezkurdia could not find the space where he could score and had to wait for 6-11 to debut – and let him do a Mariezkurrena who started with some doubts to focus on the second half and end up enjoying as in that right hand that was 10-16. Berriozar’s defender returned to cross the ball to the wall with intention at 11-20. The fish was already sold by then. Ladis could do little more.

Urrutikoetxea-Imaz, for the same goal as Artola-Aranguren

Mikel Urrutikoetxea and Ander Imaz aspire to inaugurate this afternoon (ETB1,17.00) their record of victories. That is the same goal of his rivals, Iñaki Artola and Aitor Aranguren. Both couples were defeated in their premiere. Urrutikoetxea and Ander Imaz lost on the same stage to Peña II and Albisu (8-22). And Artola and Aranguren succumbed in Estella (22-12) to Olaizola II and Rezusta.

The festival is completed with the Promotion match between Darío, Zabala’s replacement, and Erostarbe against the provisional leaders, Salaberria and Oier Etxebarria. In the beginning, Oinatz Bengoetxea reappears.


Animals that seem from other worlds

Biologist Juan Ignacio Pérez gathers 39 stories about the extraordinary variety of life in an illustrated book

A flock of Indian geese flies over the Himalayas.  / Illustrations: Yolanda González
A flock of Indian geese flies over the Himalayas. / Illustrations: Yolanda González
Luis Alfonso Gamez