Twelve clubs have entered this year, with four First Round ties. Newcomers Jersey are drawn to meet Wrest Park in Round One, the winners to meet Colchester, holders Surbiton play Nottingham, the winners to play Bristol, Bowdon are drawn against Hamptworth, the winners to play Cheltenham, and Woking meet Sussex County, the winners to play Hurlingham.
Nineteen clubs have entered this year, so the draw is again in two sections. Holders Woking meet newcomers Bath in the First Round, winners to play Hamptworth. Two other First Round ties are between Medway and Dulwich (winners play Sussex County), and Hurlingham and Surbiton (winners play Bristol). Remaining Second Round ties are Pendle & Craven v Wrest Park, Norwich v Nottingham, Bury v Bowdon, Newport Essex v Colchester and Cheltenham v East Dorset.
Holders Blewbury join the eight qualifiers from the Federations (West Midlands have declined the invitation to participate this year) to compete for the Shield. In the First Round, Blewbury play Dulwich (winners play Hamptworth). The Second Round contains Tyneside against Huddersfield, Pendle & Craven against Kington Langley and Watford (Cassiobury) against Nottingham.
The 41 entries have been put into four sections to keep the draw reasonably regional. The sequence of sections in the draw was itself drawn, with South / South-East, North / Midlands, East / London, South-West / Wales being the result. Holders Pendle & Craven play Beverley, while runners-up Parsons Green play local rivals Hurlingham, winners to play Watford. Third-placed Surbiton play Purley Bury, while Blewbury play Cheltenham, both in the Second Round.
The full draws, with dates for completing each round, and the usual letter giving details, are being circulated to club contacts, and are available on the Website under Tournaments. The letter includes the regulations for selecting a venue and date for a match, and how to handle a match should bad weather intervene.
Wrest Park hosts the Finals Weekend on 6th and 7th October.