Lou Reiffel

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Lou Reiffel
Lou Reiffel (before 1939).jpg
Personal information
Full name Lou Reiffel
Date of birth 5 November 1910
Date of death 16 November 1977(1977-11-16) (aged 67)
Original team(s) Ballarat Imperials
Height 170 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 60 kg (132 lb)
Position(s) Forward
Playing career1
Years Club Games (Goals)
1936–1939 Melbourne 35 0(73)
1939–1941 South Melbourne 29 0(55)
Total 64 (128)
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 1941.
Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com

Lou Reiffel (5 November 1910 – 16 November 1977)[1] was an Australian rules footballer who played with Melbourne and South Melbourne in the Victorian Football League (VFL).

Reiffel played in two premierships for Ballarat Imperials, before he started his VFL career in 1936, as a 25-year-old.[1][2] He kicked at least one goal in all of his 16 appearances in 1936, including two finals, finishing the year with 31 goals.[2] The following season, in round 16, he kicked a career best eight goals against Collingwood.[2]

During the 1939 VFL season he made the decision to switch clubs, costing him a chance of playing in Melbourne's premiership win that year. He spent three seasons with South Melbourne and was their leading goal-kicker in 1940 when he kicked 33 goals.[3]

He was the father of Richmond player Ron Reiffel and grandfather of Australian Test cricketer Paul Reiffel.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Lou Reiffel - Player Bio". Australian Football. Retrieved 28 December 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "AFL Tables: Lou Reiffel". afltables.com. 
  3. ^ Lovett, Michael (2004). AFL 2004 – The Official Statistical History Of The AFL. AFL Publishing. ISBN 0-9580300-5-7. 
  4. ^ Holmesby, Russell; Main, Jim (2007). The Encyclopedia Of AFL Footballers. BAS Publishing. ISBN 978-1-920910-78-5.