Innovative scheduling this week – Wellsie’s Canada West Trail

  • To me, athletics are a performing art. As such, I think playing to large, energetic houses should be a primary goal.

    I see two interesting split-day, home-and-home, schedule moves by Canada West this week that hopefully will help promote large gatherings.
    Calgary (3-1) visits Lethbridge (4-2) on Thursday, with my beloved ‘Horns making a return jaunt to Cowtown Saturday. I can never remember a weekday Canada West game in Lethbridge, but it may actually work out positively, since there are no high school or college hoop events in town (both levels draw well here, especially high school, which may attract bigger consistent throngs than anywhere else in the country) that night to offer spectator competition. As well, perhaps partially due to continued lofty Maclean’s rankings, a majority of U of L students are not from the ‘Bridge these days and many go home right after Friday classes.
    I see UBC (4-0) and UVic (2-4)  are playing Friday in the B.C. capital, with the return engagement Sunday afternoon in Vancouver on my favourite Canadian campus, which is, after all, adjacent to Wreck Beach.
    I really don’t like one-site doubleheaders from a spectator point-of-view. Okay, I hate them.
    I know they are perceived as necessary in most Canada West settings, but certainly enjoy this attempt to offer a different option. I believe the coaches and players will overwhelmingly appreciate not having to play back-to-back too, especially with travel involved, even minimal travel as is the case in these two series. (I’ve often said it’s only 18 minutes flying time from Victoria to UBC, but it can be the longest 18-minutes of your life. I will presume the teams will use the ferry for this exchange. U of L to U of C is perhaps 120-150 minutes drive, largely depending on motivation.)
    Brandon (2-4) and Winnipeg (4-2) are playing home-and-home as well, but it’s a Thursday-Friday affair, with Thursday in the Peg. Not sure why they didn’t split the series by a day? Perhaps volleyball comes into play. It’s about a two-hour drive (which can be much longer – and indeed interesting – if it’s icy.)
    I note UBC-O (1-5) and Thompson Rivers (1-5) are playing twice Friday and Saturday, but both are in Kamloops. That is about a two-hour jaunt, although a lot more undulating than Lethbridge-Calgary or Brandon-Winnipeg. I’m guessing one team or the other did not want to play home-and-home since it would have given them only nine home games this season. That is just a pure guess however.

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    Thu. 24 Brandon Winnipeg 8:00 PM CST
    MacEwan Mount Royal 8:00 PM MST
    Calgary Lethbridge 8:00 PM MST
    Fri. 25 Alberta Manitoba 8:00 PM CST
    Winnipeg Brandon 8:00 PM CST
    MacEwan Mount Royal 8:00 PM MST
    Regina Trinity Western 7:00 PM PST
    UBC Okanagan Thompson Rivers 7:00 PM PST
    UNBC UFV 8:00 PM PST
    UBC Victoria 8:00 PM PST
    Sat. 26 Alberta Manitoba 6:00 PM CST
    Lethbridge Calgary 7:00 PM MST
    UNBC UFV 7:00 PM PST
    UBC Okanagan Thompson Rivers 8:00 PM PST
    Regina Trinity Western 8:00 PM PST
    Sun. 27 Victoria UBC 2:00 PM PST

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