15 Ryan Sparkes

Height
185cm
Weight
82kg
Current Team
Gippsland Power, Vic Country
Birthday
April 13, 2001

A HARD working winger with great competitiveness, Sparkes just keeps running throughout games despite not possessing top-end speed. He takes the game on and generally uses the ball pretty well, finding space around the ground to average 63.5 per cent by foot from 37.3 per cent contested. He has to build his inside game, but really improved this season with his work rate on show. While he is predominantly an outside ball winner, given his body size of 82kg, Sparkes has the capability of going inside, and his competitive nature lends to this. In 2019, Sparkes earned a spot with Vic Country and that helped propel him into draft calculations, not looking out of place and playing all four games for an average of 16.5 touches and 4.3 marks. Overall he is more of a late/rookie prospect, bu someone who provides good run, even if it is not break-neck speed.

STRENGTHS: Kicking, competitiveness, spread, consistency
IMPROVEMENTS: Inside game, speed

DRAFT CENTRAL’S INTERVIEW WITH RYAN SPARKES AT THE 2019 STATE DRAFT COMBINE:

NAB League Boys

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGMKHDMHOTGDC
2018Gippsland Power1599825764831556811315430188.85.414.33.60.13.80.054
2019Gippsland Power1781182966510718042028443231412.78.421.14.60.03.00.285
Total-337216553129190335110141597533210.56.817.34.00.03.40.1139

Under 18s Championships

SeasonTeamKHBDMCPUPTHOCLRI50R50GLGMKHDMHOTGDC
2019Vic Country31356617204830487147.88.816.54.30.00.80.364
Total-31356617204830487147.88.816.54.30.00.80.364

Results

(Preliminary Finals)
Ikon Park

Ikon Park

(Qualifying Final)
Ikon Park

(Round 17)
Queen Elizabeth Oval

(Round 15)
Shepley Oval

(Round 14)
Box Hill City Oval

(Round 5)
Marvel Stadium

(Round 4)
GMHBA Stadium

(Round 11)
Morwell Recreational Reserve

(Round 1)
UTAS Stadium (Launceston)

(Round 2)
Melbourne Cricket Ground

(Round 8)
Windy Hill

(Round 7)
Morwell Recreational Reserve

(Round 6)
Morwell Recreational Reserve

(Round 5)
Blacktown International Sportspark

(Round 3)
Queen Elizabeth Oval

(Round 2)
Morwell Recreational Reserve

(Round 1)
Rams Arena

(Preliminary Final)
Ikon Park

(Elimination Final)
Ikon Park

(Round 16)
Morwell Recreational Reserve

(Round 15)
MARS Stadium

(Round 14)
Warrawee Park

(Round 13)
Preston City Oval

(Round 12)
Morwell Recreational Reserve

(Round 11)
Morwell Recreational Reserve

(Round 10)
Windy Hill

(Round 9)
Morwell Recreational Reserve

(Round 8)
Shepley Oval

(Round 7)
Rams Arena

(Round 6)
Morwell Recreational Reserve

(Round 5)
Healesville Sporting Complex

(Round 4)
Morwell Recreational Reserve

(Round 3)
Queen Elizabeth Oval

(Round 2)
Morwell Recreational Reserve

(Round 1)
Swinburne Centre