1936 Calgary Bronks season

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1936 Calgary Bronks season
Head coach Carl Cronin
Home field Mewata Stadium
Results
Record1–5 WIFU & 6–2 ARFU
Division place3rd, WIFU & 1st, ARFU
Playoff finishLost WCRFU Finals

The 1936 season was the second season for the Calgary Bronks and it saw the team play a full schedule in both the Western Interprovincial Football Union and the Alberta Rugby Football Union. The Bronks finished 3rd in the WIFU with a 1–5 record while they fared much better in the ARFU with a 6–2 record and a first-place finish. It was by virtue of the finish in the ARFU that the Calgary Bronks made the WCRFU playoffs. [1]

Contents

Regular season

WIFU

Due to prior commitments to play in the ARFU, the Calgary Bronks only had four weekends available to compete in the upstart Western Interprovincial Football Union. Two of the weekends available were the Labour Day and Thanksgiving Day long weekends. On the long weekends the Calgary Bronks played double headers against the Winnipegs. In an effort to bring fairness to the WIFU standings, Calgary's two remaining games against the Regina Roughriders were valued at 4 points in the standings.

ARFU

The Calgary Bronks played a full schedule in the Alberta Rugby Football Union including some games which conflicted with the WIFU schedule. For the open dates, the Bronks fielded the same team that was competing in the WIFU (5 games). For the remaining three games, the Bronks fielded a second team which was referred to as the Calgary Bronks 'B'. The final game of the regular season saw the Calgary Bronks square off against the University of Alberta Golden Bears. These teams were the two top teams in the ARFU so it was decided that in addition to being the final regular season game, the game would also determine the ARFU championship.

Standings

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

Western Interprovincial Football Union [2]
TeamGPWLTPFPAPts
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 85211043711
Regina Roughriders 632152429
Calgary Bronks 615017944
Alberta Rugby Football Union [3]
TeamGPWLTPFPAPts
Calgary Bronks "B" side 86201214212
University of Alberta Golden Bears642030208
Edmonton Hi-Grads624023392
Lethbridge Lancers615014872

WIFU schedule

DateOpponentScoreResultRecord
Sept 5Winnipegs8–0Loss0–1
Sept 7Winnipegs26–0Loss0–2
Bye
Sept 19Regina Roughriders18–2Loss0–3
Sept 26Regina Roughriders9–3Win1–3
Bye
Oct 10Winnipegs16–6Loss1–5
Oct 12Winnipegs23–0Loss1–5

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ARFU schedule

DateOpponentScoreResultRecord
Aug 29Lethbridge Bulldogs25-0Win1-0
Sept 12Lethbridge Lancers14-6Win2-0
Sept 19Edmonton Hi-Grads14-5Loss1-2
Sept 30Lethbridge Lancers29-0Win3-1
Oct 3Edmonton Hi-Grads20-5Win4-1
Oct 12Lethbridge Lancers7-4Loss4-2
Oct 17Edmonton Hi-Grads6-3Win5-2
Oct 24University of Alberta18-7Win6-2

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Playoffs

Qualifying for the WCFRU playoffs

Although the WIFU was considered to be top league in Western Canada, the WCRFU remained as the governing body for football in Western Canada. In years past, the playoffs saw the Alberta and British Columbia champions play each other in one semi final while the champions of Manitoba and Saskatchewan would play in the other semi final. In 1936, there were still provincial unions in BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan and the WCRFU declared that these teams had the right to compete for the Western Championship. When the 1936 season began, the WIFU wasn't a member of the WCRFU yet and these teams were not eligible to compete in the playoffs. An early season meeting of the WCRFU resulted in the existing playoff format carrying over for one more season with one amendment. The Regina Roughriders and Winnipegs would face each other in a playoff to determine who would fill hole vacated by the MRFU. It was also decided that if the Calgary Bronks were to qualify for the WCRFU playoffs, they would have to do so as champions of the ARFU. The decisions effectively rendered the WIFU regular season irrelevant as the WIFU league games would not affect whether a team made the playoffs. To give the WIFU season some significance, it was decided that if two WIFU teams met in the WCRFU playoffs that the points differential in the WIFU standings would carry forward into the playoff series. Thus, when the Calgary Bronks met the Regina Roughriders in the WCRFU final, the Roughriders began the game with a 5-0 lead. (The maximum amount that could be carried forward was converted touchdown or six points)

WCRFU playoffs

As champions of the ARFU, the Calgary Bronks were scheduled to play the BCRFU champions in the Alberta-British Columbia semi final on November 7, 1936. Unlike on the prairies where the season was moved forward into September to create a longer season, the BCRFU extended its season through November. As the semi final was scheduled in the middle of the BCRFU season, the BCRFU decided to withdraw from competition. [6] Calgary gained a free pass to the WCRFU final against the Regina Roughriders. For the WCRFU final, the Regina Roughriders began the game with a 5-0 lead due to the five point difference between the teams in the WIFU standings. Calgary had one chance to score points in the first quarter but they turned the ball over on third down as they needed a touchdown. The Regina Roughriders dominated the remainder of the game, outscoring the Calgary Bronks by a 3-1 margin. The final score was officially 8-1.

Results

GameDateOpponentScoreResult
WCRFU FinalNov 11Regina Roughriders8–1Loss

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References

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  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-07. Retrieved 2017-08-22.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=JhtkAAAAIBAJ&sjid=IXsNAAAAIBAJ&pg=1462%2C5714804 The Calgary Daily Herald - October 26, 1936
  4. 1 2 http://cflapedia.com/Years/1936details.html
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