The Draw for 2014
The draw sheets have all been issued bar Harefield's and Rosedale Park who will get theirs later this week.
The Men's Singles had a good number of entries and there are some interesting match ups early doors. Hillingdon title holder Steve Skinner has a trip to Harefield, Ron Le Leux is back in the Hillingdon fold and has a home draw in the first round. Tili Ciampini is in the same half of the draw. The Hare's Nigel Rushton plays Roger Graham in what could be a good match. In the other half of the draw, Gary Miller, Jason Rowlands, Tony Waller and Chris Harris will make sure there is strong competition for a Bank Holiday slot. All of those named have won a Hillingdon title in the recent past.
The Pairs sees John Haw of Court Park entertain Alex Groves in an interesting pairing. Alan Hooper against Dave Clements looks another tie to note. Derek Cutmore travels to Bessingby while Tony Waller gets a bye. It's a tough life!
The triples sees Denham travelling to Harefield and Rosedale (E Milsom) hitting the road to Eastcote.
The Over 60s looks strong this year and some ID may be needed as proof of age! Newman and Parrott looks a good match up at Court Park. Others to look out for early on are Ransom verses Norris as well as Pocknell v Hooper.
The ladies' disciplines are no different with some intriguing encounters booked for early in the season.
The singles has Sue Pocknell visiting Hayes to play local rival Joyce Westlake. Previous winners Dawn Rooks and Karen Rushton both have byes. It's all right for some.
The pairs has been well supported. Thank you ladies! Rooks and Crooks looks a good match early on. Sylvia Laws starts the campaign at home, while Ann Bell travels to Deane Park and Karen Rushton visits Court Park.
The triples standard looks good this year. Harlington's Sheila Cutmore entertains Gwen Richards and Jean Matthews hosts Angela Martel at Rosedale in a titanic first round bruiser.
The Open Singles Championship has a huge increase in entry numbers, the best for years, and players will be playing for a cash prize as well as the title and trophy in 2014. Alan Hooper revisits Rosedale to play Ric Vye and Nigel Rushton hosts Paul Mayo at the Hare's. Heavyweight clash of the round sees 'Tili Ciampini travel to Harlington where Derek Cutmore awaits. There are many other major clashes and include the all-Ladygate bash between Chris Harris and Steve Skinner.
Karen Rushton has again been lucky in the mixed pairs as her entry gets a bye. Matthews and Westlake looks a great match up and there are other decent ties such as Dear v French at Uxbridge and also Graham hosting Le Leux.
Finally, in the mixed triples, last year's finalists Mill (Mike Hulbert) have a bye in round 1 before they try to go one better than last year. The crowd really got into their match last year as it went on into the early evening with great support for both sides. Hallam v Rooks looks a good tussle at Eastcote and Clarke hosting Matthews (B) looks an interesting battle at Hayes.
The season has started!
Best wishes, Dennis.