Before I start no this is not a moan just an observation.
I have played in these pubs on a Tuesday competition night.
Div 2 FR - White Horse Div 2 F - White Horse Doubles QF - White Horse Singles - Longbow
It all seems like the same venue from where I see it. What happened to equality of all tables in competitions. Only once or twice has the Floods been used, Empress haven't been used, Carpenters haven't been used, Waggon has been used once or twice.
However Longbow has the vast majority of venue for competitions. I know that the Secretery is based at the Longbow, but somehow I can't beleive for one second these are random. Might be but highly unlikely.
So these 3 pubs are used 9/10. White Swan White Horse LONGBOW (majority)
Yes the White Swan is a beautiful table, so playing their is a bonus in that respect. But why has it not been evened out to other pubs? How is the venue selection for a competition processed?
I'm not sure of the whole process of selecting venues but I'm fairly sure there is a rule whereby no player should be drawn to play on their home table. That might have an impact on which tables are used.
I'd also assume some venues aren't available every Tuesday as they may have events happening that make it difficult to host matches. When Earle and I played at Bottisham last week we were almost deafened by a line dancing lesson, although we did find out what a Monterey turn looks like! I've still no idea what sort of dance move an 'over-side sailor' would look like...
It might also be the case that venues are selected as they are conveniently situated between the players, so that one player doesn't have to travel a large distance compared to the other. That would make sense as to why some venues are used more than others.
I agree with your principle though, that the venues should get a more even spread throughout the cup fixtures calendar.