Zabaleta-Gaminde, champions with a great future… and present

Goiuri Zabaleta, just 14 years old, and Enara Gaminde, 16, have been proclaimed brilliant champions of the San Fermín women’s pelota tournament after beating Arrizabalaga-Oses 17-22 in an exciting final played in front of 600 spectators and a great atmosphere in the Labrit. While the defender from Laukiz has revalidated the title obtained last year together with Leire Garai and has endorsed that the Labrit is very good at it, after her txapela in the Comunidad Foral de Navarra a few weeks ago, the very young pelotari from Leitza has Confirmed as the true revelation of a tournament in which, in just a couple of weeks, she has been able to beat Amaia Aldai and Olatz Arrizabalaga, the two main references for the female hand.

And, apart from the phenomenal environment, that the female hand continues to have a pull between the pelotazales, that is the best news, that pelotaris are beginning to emerge capable of putting the dominance of the two Biscayans in doubt, with which the Master Cup circuit continues to grow in level and expectation. An outstanding student at Leitza’s school, Goiuri Zabaleta may not have a devastating hook, but she is capable of putting the ball anywhere on the dribble and, following in the footsteps of Oinatz Bengoetxea, she is a true artist of drop shots, a play with which He has finished several goals, including the one in the 17-22 final, with which they have culminated the comeback.

It is not usually easy for them to coincide, but the final has had all the ingredients that can be asked for in a final, with emotion, quality and suspense, and even some controversy in the play of the tie at 14 in which he has given the impression that Zabaleta’s drop has gone to the mattress below. Perhaps there has been some mistake left over, but it is understandable in a game with such tension and in which the heat has also taken its toll, especially in an Olatz Arrizabalaga who, in the draw at 17, went out into the street looking for air after feeling unwell .

They started as favorites and Gernika’s and a very confident Uxue Osés have taken slight advantages since the start of a match in which the two full-backs started very strong (9-4). It was difficult for him to get in, but little by little Goiuri Zabaleta has been taking the temperature in the final, thanks also to the gifts from his rivals, and they have completed a good comeback to win the txapelas well deserved. When it was her turn to look Amaia Aldai in the eye –in the semifinals– or Olatz Arrizabalaga today, Leitza’s pulse did not shake and she emerged victorious.

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