Week one, we saw the women's team get destroyed by the Western Mustangs 17-0 and 13-0. The men felt the same pain, as Western defeated the Thunderbirds 11-0 and 6-0.
Four of the OUA West teams are going to have to go up to Sault Ste. Marie to play Algoma for a doubleheader -- no point sending them up there on an eight-hour drive for one game. Some cost-benefit analysis would go a long way.
Let's do math.
Say a team situated in Waterloo goes to Sault Ste. Marie for a weekend doubleheader against the Thunderbirds.
There are approximately 28 players, two coaches and three athletic therapists, which equates to approximately nine rooms. The team will stay at their sponsored hotel, which will drop the price from $130 a night to approximately $100 a night.
So for two nights:
9 rooms X $100/night (x2 nights) = $1,800 to stay in a hotel.
Oh yeah -- multiply that by two because of the men's and women's teams. So $3,600.
Transportation can be figured in two ways. Obviously the team will be on a team bus, which will also have a discounted price. The average price for a charter bus is about $950 a day, so let's say $2000 for three days (Friday, Saturday, Sunday).
Not including food and amenities, the price of a trip to Algoma to play four games (two men and two women) is approximately $5,600.
Is $5,600 worth four almost inevitable wins with blowout written all over them? Schools that are dealing with cuts or do not have the same funding for their soccer teams as others may struggle to find a way to get their teams up to Sault Saint Marie just to play Algoma.
Not just that -- but what about the teams that don't play Algoma? An easy win comes to most, but if people are struggling for goal differential and never played the Thunderbirds, they could be out of luck for a playoff spot. It's an issue for the consistency of the OUA.
I applaud the OUA in trying to find a way to grow its organization to incorporate all schools across Ontario. But until some stronger competition comes out of a school that's an average of eight hours away from the majority of the other Ontario schools, it's not worth it to deteriorate the athletic department's funding practices.