THE Yorkshire Inter-Union Team strokeplay championship over at Shipley tomorrow is as wide open as it can be.
And if Halifax-Huddersfield’s six take their ‘A’ game to Shipley they will have as good a chance as anyone.
Halifax-Huddersfield strive to get leading players to make the three league match appearances required to qualify for the championship and that policy has paid off while some others teams have not been as successful.
Leeds, for instance, seeking to make the record books with a fourth successive title win, lack a trio of Moortown players, Nigel Sweet and brothers Nick and Duncan McCarthy, all county players, who would have been automatic choices had they played three league matches.
Sheffield, too, are similarly affected. Even though their top gun, English and Yorkshire champion Danny Willett, is on Walker Cup duty this weekend, Sheffield had named a side in which five of the six have plus handicaps and they would have started as firm favourites
Their line-up still has a formidable look about it though Adam Hodkinson, an England Under 21 squad member from Hallowes, missed making what would have been his third appearance in the league match against Halifax-Huddersfield last week and has had to drop out and Greg Hyde has withdrawn.
Aaron Hodkin, a junior from Wheatley, and seasoned campaigner Shaun Tarplett , who won the Yorkshire Amateur in 1988, come in.
Host Union Bradford, though their only plus handicapper is Rob Hillas and with two juniors on duty, may be the team to beat.
The teams may be subject to change before tomorrow.
Halifax-Huddersfield: R Broadley (Huddersfield, scr), I Powell (Hebden Bridge, +1), A Shaw (Bradley Hall, +1), S Martin (West End, scr), E Battye (Dewsbury, 1), B Crowther (Dewsbury, 1).
Leeds: A King (Garforth, scr), D Appleyard (South Leeds, 1), A Wiltshire (Pontefract, +1), M Armitage (Howley Hall, +1), S Coumbe (Pontefract, +4), A Shaw (Moortown, scr).
Bradford: S Jewell (Bradford, scr), D Rowley (Shipley, 1), L O’Neill (Keighley, scr), A Sagar (Keighley, scr), P Thomas (Northcliffe, scr), R Hillas (Northcliffe, +1).
East Riding: A Lockwood (Beverley & ER, scr), D Raybould (Scarborough SC, 2), M Helyard (Hessle, 1), J Lupton (Driffield, 1), A Wright (Hessle, scr), J Samuel (Hull, 1).
Harrogate: S Whitwham (Bedale, 1), J Buckley (Harrogate, +1), M Henson (Bedale, scr), W Crick (Oakdale, 2), T Hesketh (Oakdale, 1), C Bradley (Otley, 1).
Sheffield: D Booth (Rotherham, +2), M Evans (Rotherham, +2), R Hodgkinson (Lindrick, +1), S Brennan (Wheatley, +1), S Tarplett (Hillsborough, scr), A Hodkin (Wheatley, scr).
Teesside: R Moon (Billingham, 1), G Johnson (Billingham, 3), N Storey (Hartlepool, 1), K Diamond (Seaton Carew, scr), A Gray (Cleveland, +1), J Jones (Cleveland, +1).
York: L Grant (York, 1), C Halley (Malton & Norton, 2), L Pucill (Easingwold, 2), A Lount (Pike Hills, scr), A Smith (Heworth, 1), M Brown (Pike Hills, +1).