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Key Facts

Full name
Les Reeves

Known as
Les Reeves

22 June 1923

23 June 1967 (aged 44)

Age at first & last AFL game
First game: 22y 344d
Last game: 30y 68d

Height and weight
Height: 179 cm
Weight: 83 kg

Senior clubs
North Melbourne

Jumper numbers
North Melbourne: 25, 24

Family links
John Reeves (Brother)Colin Niven (Uncle)Ray Niven (Uncle)Michael Reeves (Nephew)

Les Reeves

ClubLeagueCareer spanGamesGoalsAvgWin %AKIAHBAMKBV
North MelbourneV/AFL1946-195311680.0747%8

AFL: 5,582nd player to appear, 2,000th most games played, 5,374th most goals kickedNorth Melbourne: 364th player to appear, 107th most games played, 386th most goals kicked

North Melbourne has been blessed with many formidable defenders over the years, but few tougher or more hard-nosed than Les Reeves. Quick, tempestuous and highly aggressive, he relished the physical side of the game, and was extremely hard to beat one on one. Recruited from Wesley College, he was the archetypal no nonsense type of player whose twin objectives were to prevent his direct opponent from getting the ball, and to kick it as far as possible out of the danger zone if he happened to gain possession himself.

Reeves was on a half back flank when North lost to Essendon in the 1950 VFL Grand Final, and he played a total of 116 senior games for the club between 1946 and 1953. Once his senior career was over he served as playing coach of the club's reserves for a time.

Author - John Devaney


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