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Saskwanis

Western Canadian Champions - 1922

Left to Right Edwin Leslie. I.W., Frank Irwin, O.W., Horton Channel, F.W., Bill Smith, M.W., Kent Phillips, L.H.B., Barton Boyd, I.W., Jim Hooper, M.W., Andy Freethy (Snap), Frank Rogan, O.W., Ernie McNab, O.W., Vern Degeer, Q.B., Capt.: Delisle Thompson, I.W.; Earl Degeer, F.W.; Russel Potter, Snap; Mel Kerr, C.H.B.; Guy Pool, R.H.B.; Russel Hackney, I.W.; Clifford McClocklin, O.W.; Alex McDongal. M.W.

In 1922, a 19-man rugby team formed in Saskatoon and became that year's Western Canadian Junior Rugby champions.

Saskwanis, as they called themselves, was made up of rugby players from Saskatoon teams, the University of Saskatchewan and the Saskatoon Hilltop squads. During the first year of a two-year existence, Saskwanis built an impressive record, one good enough to reach the Western Canadian final.

In the title game, played at Cairns Field in Saskatoon, Saskwanis defeated the Calgary Y.M.C.A. 17-18.

The following year they earned a berth in the Western final by defeating the Calgary Canucks at Hillcrest Field in Calgary. In the final game, Saskwanis faced St. Johns College of Winnipeg to determine the West's top team. Winnipeg was to win that game and end a brilliant two years of rugby by Saskwanis.

At time of installation citation read March 27,1976.

Text courtesy of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame.

Date: 1922.

Photographer: Steele's Studio.

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Neil J. Taylor

Ontario born, Taylor arrived in Yellow Grass with his family in 1899. He was four years old. Within a decade he was a member of the Regina Intermediates, and by 1915 became quarterback and coach for the Regina Rugby Club. Strong and splendidly built, Taylor led the team to Western Rugby Championships in 1913, '14 and '15. Following Royal Air Force service, he was released as a prisoner-of-war in 1918. 1919 saw him quarterback the Regina Rugby team to victory over Calgary, winning the coveted Hugo Ross trophy. No east-west playoffs came into being until 1921.

Taylor became the president of the Regina Roughriders in 1934, president of the Western Interprovincial Football Union in 1937, and he was president of the Canadian Rugby Union in 1946.

Taylor was civic minded, a recipient of the O.B.E. in 1946 for war contributions, and totally committed to football in Canada. He revived east-west junior championships and played a large part in laying the foundations for the football scene today.

He was inducted posthumously into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1963.

Following Taylor's untimely death in 1947, Park de Young became Taylor Field - a fitting tribute to a remarkable gentleman.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame June 13th, 1987.

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Fred Wilson

Having spent his early years in Balgonie, Saskatchewan, Fred Wilson began his outstanding athletic career in Regina in 1908. He joined the Regina Rugby Club in 1913 (the year they won the Western Canada Football Championship) and over the next three years he earned himself a reputation as the best kicker in the league. At 145 pounds Fred was amazingly fast when sent around the end; he also had the remarkable ability to kick the ball with either foot on the dead run.

After the first World War he returned to Regina, playing four great seasons from 1919 to 1922. Mr. Wilson was also an equally talented hockey player, having been a member of the 1914 Regina Victoria's team that won the Allan Cup in that year. Unfortunately, it was a brief appearance with the Regina Capitals in 1921 that caused him to classified as professional and therefore to be barred from any amateur competition from 1922-25. Finally, in 1925, he was re-instated to amateur status (the first class "A" professional in Canada to have been so) and resumed his football career until 1928 when a broken leg ended his playing days, he then spent four years with the team as manager.

Always an avid football supporter, he was named president of the Western Interprovincial Football Conference in 1951. His contribution to Canadian football was recognized with his selection to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1962.

At time of installation citation read March 30, 1974.

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