The Philippine Australian Football League legend Evan Spargo has a long list of accomplishments and achievements, including being the Asian Champs MVP back in 2013, captaining his beloved Philippine Eagles to a drought breaking Asian Champs triumph in 2016, whilst also captaining the AFL Asia Lions on the big stage in 2018 & 2019! ?
He’s also one of only two people who have represented the Philippines in dual football codes, but there’s much more to this wonderful local development ambassador! ?
His brand off the sporting field, his humble nature and willingness to assist and develop others is inspiring to say the least! ?
This podcast will give you goosebumps as we unpack the greatness within our AFL Asia poster boy and all round nice guy – Spargs!!! ?
Nicknames: Spargs, Spartacus.
How many years have you been playing in Asia? Seven years, planning on making it eight!
Preferred position/s: Centre-half forward
AFL team: Melbourne
Best player/s in AFL Asia: Jack Ahearn and Michito Sakaki.
Best teammate/s: Winner Santos.
Most annoying teammate: Dezzo or Hammo.
Most difficult opponents: Dion Shaw.
Best AFL Asia memory: Holding up the Asian Champs Cup in 2016.
Favourite meal: Chicken Parmigiana
Cats or dogs: Dogs
Coffee or tea: Coffee
Favourite holiday destination: Siargao, the Philippines.
Invite 4 people of your choice to a dinner party: Tony Robbins (for inspiration), Elon Musk (for genius), Gal Gadot (for the eye candy) and Michael Jordan.
Best footy trip: Hong Kong Tri-Series with the Dragons and the Wombats.
What do you like the most about playing footy in Asia? The community, the families you build along the way and the support you get from the boys. It shapes who you are.
3 things people don’t know about you: I was a choirboy growing up with an angelic voice (I lost it after the Champs in Saigon).
What does the future of AFL Asia look like and/or how do you see the sport impacting local communities across Asia? The future is bright with the new resourcing from the AFL! In order to develop and create programs, we need to create structure in the different countries, so something set in place to know this is the development, the pathway and this is the structure. Indonesia is doing a great job and if we can do that in most other Asian countries, we set that platform. If we can get more local guys in these systems and attract people in, they will own in, they will love it and it will be the catalyst for Asian football to expand even more than it already has.