Queen Letizia attended the women’s basketball finals named in her honour on Sunday afternoon, presenting The Queen’s Cup to Perfumerías Avenida Baloncesto.
The Copa de la Reina de Baloncesto (English: The Queen’s Cup of Basketball) is the oldest women’s basketball tournament in Spain. It was first played in 1943 but didn’t become an annual tournament until 1978.
Queen Letizia arrived at the Multipurpose Pavilion Sánchez Paraíso in Salamanca joined by José Manuel Rodríguez Uribes, the Minister of Culture and Sports, and was received by Alfonso Fernández Mañueco, the President of the Junta de Castilla y León; Luis Fuentes, the President of the Courts of Castilla y León; José Javier Izguierdo, the government delegate for the community of Castilla y León; and Jorge Garbajosa, the President of the Spanish Basketball Federation.
Queen Letizia watched the match from the VIP box along with these delegates and 5,000 basketball fans, and watched as the hometown team, the Perfumerías Avenida Baloncesto, beat the Spar CityLift Girona team 76-58.
It was the Perfumerías Avenida’s fourth consecutive win and its ninth overall. The team has the most wins in tournament history, having won their first in 2005.
Queen Letizia presented the trophies after the match, including to the three referees. Her Majesty presented the Most Outstanding Player trophy to Tiffany Hayes, the runner-up trophy to the Spar CityLife Girona team and The Queen’s Cup to team captain Silvia Dominguez.
The Spanish Basketball Federation posted about the match on its website, describing Dominguez’s playing style as “a cyclone from the initial jump.”
The Queen’s Cup is played mid-season with the top eight teams in the league. The tournament began on Thursday, 5 March and continued through Sunday. The other teams in the competition included the Lointek Gernika, the RPK Araski, the Durán Ensino Machinery, the Valencia Basket, the City of Laguna Tenerife, and the Cadí La Seu.