NABO Team at World Pilota Council Tournament in Argentina (Updated)

Players from NABO and FEVA II.
Players from NABO and FEVA II.

By Evelyne Etcharren

The NABO pelota team of Esther Ciganda and Maite Iribarren-Gorrindo has been playing hard at the 2009 World Pilota Council Tournament being held in Argentina.

Ciganda and Iribarren-Gorrindo, who hail from Boise, played a tough match Thursday morning Oct. 29 against the team from Euskadi. The two NABO women gave it their best, but they ended up losing 30-5.

The NABO players began the Baleen tournament, played in a trinquet, with a morning match on Oct. 28 in Bahia Blanca, a city southwest of Buenos Aires. Ciganda and Iribarren-Gorrnido gave a solid performance against Australia, but ended up losing 30-18. Team Euskadi, meanwhile, beat Venezuela 30-19.

Later that afternoon on Oct. 28, the NABO team faced off against a tough Venezuelan duo. The Venezuelans came out on top 30-8. Team Euskadi lost its Oct. 28 afternoon match to FEVA I by a score of 11-30.

The Paleta Goma championship, played in a 30 meter left-wall court, was held last week in La Plata, Argentina. The NABO team finished in sixth place. Here’s the scores of the other NABO games:

The paleta goma opening ceremony.
The opening ceremony in La Plata, Argentina.

NABO v. FEVA II (18-30)
NABO v. VENEZUELA (13-30)
NABO v. AUSTRALIA (17-30)

And here are the overall results for the Paleta Goma championship, won by the Euskadi team:

1st Place – EUSKADI
2nds – FEVA I
3rd – VENEZUELA
4th – FEVA II
5th – AUSTRALIA
6th – NABO

In August, NABO held its 34th annual Pelota Championships at the Basque Cultural Center in South San Francisco. The games featured action-packed performances by all the participants.