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The Sarnia Imperials, who won nine-straight Ontario Rugby Football Union titles from 1931 to 1939, won its first Grey Cup title against the Regina Roughriders, who were playing in their seventh final in 12 years. It was the last time the Regina Roughriders made it to the Grey Cup until 1951. In its first seven trips, Regina was outscored by the opposition 176–27. [1]


Eastern Intercollegiate Union formally withdrew from Grey Cup competition.

The horn was introduced to officiating.

Regular season

Final regular season standings

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

Interprovincial Rugby Football Union
Hamilton Tigers 631247398
Montreal AAA Winged Wheelers 632154427
Toronto Argonauts 632151387
Ottawa Rough Riders 615034672
Ontario Rugby Football Union
Sarnia Imperials 66001372812
St. Michael's College 642051568
Hamilton Tiger Cubs624041934
Toronto Balmy Beach Beachers 606032840

*Bold text means that they have clinched the playoffs.

Manitoba Rugby Football Union
University of Manitoba Bisons20204350
Saskatchewan Rugby Football Union
Regina Roughriders66001562512
Moose Jaw Millers642049588
Saskatoon Hilltops614127823
University of Saskatchewan Huskies605123901
Alberta Rugby Football Union
University of Alberta Golden Bears440043178
Calgary Altomahs *312031282
Lethbridge Bulldogs *303012410

* Final League game cancelled

British Columbia Rugby Football Union
Vancouver Meralomas 5500661910
Vancouver Athletic Club Wolves 522122355
North Shore Lions403120381
University of British Columbia Varsity20203190

League Champions

Football UnionLeague Champion
IRFU Hamilton Tigers
WCRFU Regina Roughriders
CIRFU Queen's University
ORFU Sarnia Imperials
MRFU Winnipeg Pegs
SRFU Regina Roughriders
ARFU University of Alberta
BCRFU Vancouver Meralomas

Grey Cup playoffs

Note: All dates in 1934

CIRFU Finals

November 17 Queen's University 8 University of Toronto 7


Western Semifinal 1
November 1 University of Alberta Golden Bears 0 Vancouver Meralomas 5
November 3 University of Alberta Golden Bears 6 Vancouver Meralomas 8
Western Semifinal 2
November 3 Winnipeg 'Pegs 0 Regina Roughriders 8


Western Finals Game 1 & 2
November 10 Regina Roughriders 22Vancouver Meralomas 2
November 12 Regina Roughriders 7Vancouver Meralomas 2
Eastern Final
November 17 Sarnia Imperials 11 Hamilton Tigers 4
  • Sarnia advances to the Grey Cup game.

Playoff bracket

QuarterfinalsSemifinalsGrey Cup final
No game
ORFU Sarnia Imperials 11
IRFU Hamilton Tigers 4
No game
ORFU Sarnia Imperials 20
SRFU Regina Roughriders 12
ARFU University of Alberta 0-6
BCRFU Vancouver Meralomas 5-8
BCRFU Vancouver Meralomas 2-2
SRFU Regina Roughriders 22-7
SRFU Regina Roughriders 8
MRFU Winnipeg Pegs 0

Grey Cup Championship

November 24

22nd Annual Grey Cup Game: Varsity StadiumToronto, Ontario

Regina Roughriders 12 Sarnia Imperials 20
The Sarnia Imperials are the 1934 Grey Cup Champions

1934 Eastern (Combined IRFU & ORFU) All-Stars selected by Canadian Press

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

1st Team

2nd Team

1934 Ontario Rugby Football Union All-Stars

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

1934 Canadian Football Awards

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  1. "Grey Cup Memories: 1934". CFL.ca. 2005-10-08. Retrieved 2019-10-05.
  2. 2009 Canadian Football League Facts, Figures & Records, Canadian Football League Properties/Publications, Toronto, Ontario, ISBN   978-0-9739425-4-5, p.293
  3. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=Fr8DH2VBP9sC&dat=19341112&printsec=frontpage The Montreal Gazette – November 12, 1934 – pg. 14