Venue: Varsity Stadium
Location: Toronto, ON
Date: December 6
Winning Coach: Alex Ponton
For the third time in Grey Cup history, a team advanced to three consecutive championships. Unfortunately for the Regina Roughriders, a third straight visit to the final did not prove to be a charm. Balmy Beach won its second Grey Cup at a wet and muddy Varsity Stadium in Toronto.
After being allowed to use the forward pass in the 1929 game, the Canadian Rugby Union decided it could only be used in the 1930 classic if both teams had played with this rule all season. The Roughriders had, but Balmy Beach had not, putting Regina at a disadvantage.
Regardless, it was the best showing of any Western team that ever played for a Grey Cup. After jumping to a 10-0 lead at halftime, Balmy Beach was forced to hold off an inspired Regina team in the second half.
Balmy Beach suffered a key injury on the opening play of the game when punter Ab Box injured his foot while kicking the ball from the ground. Box was able to contribute three rouges, but eventually pulled himself from the game.
Leading 5-0 in the second quarter Balmy Beach scored its opening touchdown when Sol Bloomfield misplayed a punt near his own goal line. Balmy Beach recovered the ball and on third down, Bob Reed narrowly got over the line for a major.
If Balmy Beach controlled the first 30 minutes of play, the second half belonged to Regina. The Roughriders got near the opposing goal line and booted a single. Three plays later they blocked a punt, helping to set up an onside kick. Regina’s Freddie Brown caught the ball just across the goal line, giving a Western club its first ever touchdown in Grey Cup competition.
Bloomfield later kicked a short spiral from just beyond midfield which Doug Mays let hit the ground. Bloomfield raced after the ball and slid across it in the mud. Jersey Campbell picked up the ball and raced for the Balmy Beach end zone. He was tackled a short distance from the line, but the play was called back as it was determined that Bloomfield made a forward pass.
With Regina advancing into Balmy Beach territory with six minutes to go in regulation, Teddy Reeve was summoned from the bench. Up until that point Reeve had sat out the game due to a shoulder separation he suffered the week earlier in the Eastern Final. He came in and single-handedly changed the momentum on his own, making a key tackle and blocking a kick. Balmy Beach was able to hold on for the victory.