CEBU CITY — Cesafi titleholder University of the Visayas is considering pulling out of the Philippine Collegiate Champions League, citing the cost as well as trouble with travel and accommodation as provincial teams "always get the short end of the stick."
Green Lancers team manager Gerald Anthony Gullas mentioned in a lengthy social media post their travel woes during the 2015 tournament and said he is afraid the team would encounter more problems, especially after being informed the school must shoulder the airfare costs of the team for the Visayas-Mindanao Regional Championship on December 5 in Davao City.
“Alkansi gyud perme ang provincial teams sama sa UV Green Lancers (The provincial teams like the UV Green Lancers always get the short end of the stick),” said Gullas.
“Unlike the UAAP and NCAA which look at their mother league as the most important league of the calendar year, as a provincial team, what we look forward to especially after winning the CESAFI is to compete in the PCCL and compete against the top teams in Manila. Then we can truly gauge how we are as a team and how we can compete against the top caliber teams in Manila,” Gullas added.
When informed of the situation, PCCL executive director Joe Lipa said that if UV were not to join, they would either push on with the tournament without the Green Lancers or perhaps tap a replacement team.
The Green Lancers are coming off a successful title conquest of the Cesafi, the third straight year that they have come out on top.
“We were excited to face other top teams in the country, but what does PCCL do? They say, UV must pay for the airfare of all players and coaches to Davao and if ever we win, we must pay for the airfare to Manila, then sila bahala sa food and lodging.
“Assuming we do that, if they do not even want to pay for airfare, what do you think the food and accommodation will be? Baka ano-ano lang ipakain sa amin?
“Baka we get to stay in a hotel hours away from the playing court,” said Gullas, referring to the 2015 incident when the Green Lancers were made to travel for three hours to Batangas to face off against a Technological Institute of the Philippines squad that was billeted in Tanauan.
On that very same trip, the Green Lancers also had to push the bus they were on after it conked out on the South Luzon Expressway.
“I’m sorry UV Green Lancers for all your hard work and preparation. But if this remains the same, the UV Green Lancers will not participate in the upcoming PCCL.”