The RMC Paladins women's team have forfeited weekend games vs. nationally ranked Western and Windsor "due to a number of injuries and institutional academic restrictions," according to a press release. So much for the momentum gained by ending that 128-game OUA losing streak last season.
One does wonder if this is just a random instance or an indication of some deeper troubles.. The Paladins roster on the OUA website lists only nine players and only eight were listed for their last game vs. Waterloo on Saturday. All it would take is a couple of injuries and a couple of cadets with exams that couldn't be switched to put them in this situation. At the same time, when a team has that few players and is 1-136 in OUA play since joining the league, people will wonder what's up.
No one has or will ever question the heart of Paladins athletes (and who didn't cheer when they finally won?). Varsity sports come a distant third to academics and military life at RMC and there has to be commitment to the teams from the school, and if memory serves there has been grumbling about special treatment, so-called, for athletes. RMC also has to field a women's team in order to have a men's team. It's complicated.
Regardless, it's unfortunate. A commenter notes Queen's, who is paired with RMC in the OUA schedule, is put out by the cancellation. The deal in the OUA (at least before Christmas) is that any team playing its second game of the weekend is playing a team which is in the same boat. Queen's will play Windsor on Friday and then have to play Western, which should be fresh as daisies after having a free night.
(Thanks to the Western Gazette for the tip.)