Valencian handball: a homage to the sport and its players

Homage: A ‘pilota’ player sports the t-shirt with the names of the five players who were honoured.

THE Valencian handball game known locally as ‘pilota’ was celebrated in Benitachell paying homage, not only to the sport, but to five players who have passed away.

Residents, local Valencian handball players and family members gathered together in the afternoon of San Jaime Day.

After the handball matches, residents and civil servants looked on as Sport councillor, Antonio Colomer and the mayor, Josep Feminia presented a memorial plaque.

Benitachell “has been a town of ‘pilota’ tradition that has allowed us to enjoy many afternoons,” said the mayor.

Colomer talked of the “will to bring back ‘pilota,’ include it in public primary schools, and encourage it in festivals.”

Five former ‘pilota’ players were honoured: Romano, Paquito, Alberto, Quico el Guirri and Toni Felip.

Participants wore the five names on the back of their shirts in memory of the five late players.

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