With fitting pomp and ceremony, the draw for the first round of the Shorthand Champions League took place today in the Centre's TV studio.
The competition will get under way for second and third years next week, with fixtures being played during Wednesday shorthand classes.
The draw - conducted by Ian Reeves and Rob Bailey, and overseen by Laura Garcia - threw up some tantalising clashes.
Aficionados of competitive shorthand are already eagerly awaiting the Abigail derby in Group D. Pundits have tipped Group G - comprised entirely of third years - as an early contender to be the Group of Death.
Competitors can check out the rules here.