Full Name: RONALD FRANCIS REIFFEL
Date of Birth: 15/03/1932
Date of Death: 30/12/2018
Height: 175 cm ( 5-9 )
Weight: 73 kg ( 11-7)
Debut: 11/08/1951, Round 15, Hawthorn
Last Game: 09/08/1952, Round 16, North Melbourne
Total Games: 6
Total Goals: 0
Total Games: 33
Total Goals: 32
Ron achieved the rare feat of playing Thirds, Seconds and Firsts football for Richmond all in the same year - 1951.
He was a utility player who was recruited from St.Ignatius YCW. He spent a total of five seasons with Richmond before transferring to the Abbotsford Brewery team.
Playing for the Richmond Reserves, Ron placed 3rd in their Best and Fairest in 1951 and 1953 winning a Smokers Stand, despite being a non-smoker
In 1963 he joined the Richmond Former Players’ and Officials committee, and later served for 20 years as their Secretary. He received Life Membership of the Former Players in 1975.
In 1996, the club opened its Museum at the Punt Road Oval and Ron, an original member of the club's history committee, was appointed its first curator, a position he held for 11 years. In 1999, he was awarded life membership of the Richmond Football Club
He also worked for the Richmond Cricket Club, was their historian, and documented that club's history on their website.
Ron’s father, Lou "Pop" Reiffel played 35 games for Melbourne between 1936 and 1939 and 29 games for Sth Melbourne between 1939 and 1941. Ron's son is Victorian and Australian fast bowler Paul "Pistol" Reiffel, and his daughter Sarah played netball for the Melbourne Phoenix. He is the brother-in-law of former player Tom Allen.
Although born Ronald, his birth certificate had his first name as Donald, an error he changed during the 1990s.
St Ignatius YCW Juniors to 1948
Abbotsford Brewery 1954-58, Games 80 ( Honours - Premiership 1955, 1958, Best & Fairest 1955, 1958 )