1933 in Canadian football

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Canadian Football News in 1933[edit]

The Toronto Argonauts lost their first two games of the season, only to storm back and win eight straight, including their first Grey Cup win in 12 years.

The Winnipeg St.John's were a no show at the annual meeting of the Manitoba Rugby Football Union. It was later learned that the St.John's had suspended operations for one season while they got their finances in order.

The MRFU made attempts to get another organization to take over the operations of the St.John's for the 1933 season. Although there was interest in taking over the team on a permanent basis, there was no interest in being custodian of the team for just one season.

In August, the players of the St.John's were dispersed between the Winnipegs and the Garrison. The Garrison was an Army team and only servicemen were eligible to play on the team. The Garrison claimed the only player who qualified (Alf Woods) and the remainder of the players ended up in the camp of the Winnipegs.

With an abundance of players available the Winnipegs operated two teams in 1933. The best players ended up on the Winnipegs who were wearing brand new blue jerseys (they weren't blue & gold until 1934). The remaining players wore the old green jerseys and they played under the name Shamrocks.[1]

The Winnipeg St.John's failed to re-form in 1934.

Regular season[edit]

Final regular season standings[edit]

Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PF = Points For, PA = Points Against, Pts = Points

Interprovincial Rugby Football Union
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Montreal AAA Winged Wheelers 6 4 2 0 67 55 8
Toronto Argonauts 6 4 2 0 86 54 8
Ottawa Rough Riders 6 3 3 0 61 75 6
Hamilton Tigers 6 1 5 0 43 73 2
Ontario Rugby Football Union
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Sarnia Imperials 6 5 1 0 95 25 10
Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers 5 3 2 0 52 64 6
St. Michael's College 5 1 3 1 26 46 3
Hamilton Tiger Cubs 6 1 4 1 36 74 3
Intercollegiate Rugby Football Union
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Varsity Blues 6 4 2 0 66 42 8
Queen's Golden Gaels 6 4 2 0 38 35 8
McGill Redmen 6 3 3 0 41 32 6
Western Ontario Mustangs 6 1 5 0 37 73 2

*Bold text means that they have clinched the playoffs.

Saskatchewan Rugby Football Union
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Regina Roughriders 6 5 1 0 54 23 10
Moose Jaw Millers 6 5 1 0 60 15 10
University of Saskatchewan Huskies 6 2 4 0 26 19 4
Saskatoon Hilltops 6 0 6 0 3 86 0

*The Huskies defaulted the final game of the season to the Millers

Alberta Rugby Football Union
Team GP W L T PF PA Pts
Calgary Altomahs 4 3 1 0 38 14 6
University of Alberta Varsity 4 1 3 0 14 38 2

[2][3]

League Champions[edit]

Football Union League Champion
IRFU Toronto Argonauts
WCRFU Winnipegs
CIRFU University of Toronto
ORFU Sarnia Imperials
MRFU Winnipegs
SRFU Regina Roughriders
ARFU Calgary Altomahs
BCRFU Vancouver Meralomas

Grey Cup Playoffs[edit]

Note: All dates in 1933

SRFU Tie-Breaker[edit]

Date Away Home
October 28 Moose Jaw Millers 0 Regina Roughriders 11
  • Regina Roughriders win the SRFU championship[4]

MRFU Playoff[edit]

Date Away Home
October 9 Garrison 0 Winnipegs 39
  • Winnipegs win the MRFU championship

CIRFU Final[edit]

Date Away Home
November 18 Queen's Golden Gaels 3 Varsity Blues 10
  • Toronto Varsity Blues quit the Grey Cup championship to focus on studies. [5]
  • Sarnia received a bye to the Grey Cup

Semi-Finals[edit]

Western Semi Final 1
Date Away Home
November 4 Regina Roughriders 1 Winnipegs 11
  • Winnipeg advances to the Western Final.[6]
Western Semi Final 2
Date Away Home
November 4 Vancouver Meralomas 11 Calgary Altomahs 13
  • Calgary advances to the Western Final.

FINALS[edit]

Date Away Home
Western Final
November 11 Calgary Altomahs 1 Winnipegs 15
  • Winnipeg will face Toronto in the Semi-Final.[7]
Date Away Home
Eastern Final
November 18 Toronto Argonauts 5 Montreal AAA Winged Wheelers 4
November 25 Toronto Argonauts 15 Montreal AAA Winged Wheelers 5
  • Toronto won the total-point series by 20–9. Toronto advances to the Grey Cup Semi-Final.

Grey Cup Semi-Final[edit]

Date Away Home
December 2 Toronto Argonauts 13 Winnipegs 0
  • Toronto advances to the Grey Cup Final.[8]

Playoff Bracket[edit]

Quarter Finals Semi Finals Grey Cup Final
                 
ORFU Sarnia Imperials
BYE
ORFU Sarnia Imperials
EAST
CIRFU University of Toronto Forfeit
CIRFU University of Toronto 10
CIRFU Queen's University 3
ORFU Sarnia Imperials 3
IRFU Toronto Argonauts 4
IRFU Toronto Argonauts 5–15
IRFU Montreal AAA Winged Wheelers 3–5
IRFU Toronto Argonauts 13
WEST
MRFU Winnipeg St. John's 0
ARFU Calgary Altomahs 1
MRFU Winnipeg St. John's 15

Grey Cup Championship[edit]

December 9

21st Annual Grey Cup Game: Davis Field – Sarnia, Ontario

Toronto Argonauts 4 Sarnia Imperials 3
The Toronto Argonauts are the 1933 Grey Cup Champions

1933 Ontario Rugby Football Union All-Stars[edit]

NOTE: During this time most players played both ways, so the All-Star selections do not distinguish between some offensive and defensive positions.

1933 Canadian Football Awards[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
1932 in Canadian football
Canadian football seasons Succeeded by
1934 in Canadian football