Meet The Team

Luca De Angelis

Founder, Web Editor, Content Editor and Social Media Manager

Teams supported:
NBA: Los Angeles Lakers
NFL: Baltimore Ravens
MLB: Texas Rangers
AFL: Essendon Bombers
NRL: Newcastle Knights
NHL: Las Vegas Golden Knights
College Basketball & Football: Oklahoma Sooners
NBL: South East Melbourne Phoenix

Luca is a 28 year old marketing professional from Canberra, Australia, who recently relocated to Melbourne in May 2019.

A self confessed sports tragic, Luca’s foray into American sports began while watching Space Jam at age 6. This innocuous cartoon turned out to be a gateway to his first love of basketball, a sport that he has played at an organised level since the age of 8.

American football followed suit in Luca’s teen years, with the Baltimore Ravens 2012 Superbowl triumph being described as by him as “the best day of my life” and “far more important than my future wedding or the birth of any future children”.

When Luca isn’t working, crying himself to sleep over old Lakers highlights or playing sport, he is an avid fitness advocate and a DJ.

Ryan Leonard

Founder and Social Media Editor

Teams supported:
NBA: Wherever Jrue Holiday is playing
NFL: New England Patriots
MLB: Boston Red Sox
AFL: Hawthorn Hawks
NHL: Boston Bruins
College Basketball & Football:  UCLA Bruins
NBL: Illawarra Hawks

​Don’t let the sporting allegiances fool you, Ryan is not from Boston, despite his vivid daydreams. 

​28 years of age and a born and bred Canberran, Ryan too was swept up in the Space Jam craze of the late nineties, fostering a life long love of basketball, a sport that he still plays to this day.

​With Paul Pierce as his childhood idol, the love of all things Beantown soon naturally followed, leading him to become a Patriots fan at the peak of their powers in the mid noughties.

​While he’s not busy splashing corner threes and being completely insufferable with each dominant Patriots season, Ryan can be found managing the electronics department of a multinational store and attempting to dominate online foes at Destiny.

Derek Chung

Content Editor

Teams supported:

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers
NFL: New Orleans Saints
AFL: Sydney Swans
US College Sports: UCLA
NBL: South East Melbourne Phoenix

​Derek is 33 years old, Melbourne ex Canberra/Hong Kong, and is a regular contributor here at Sideline Spice.

​While collecting basketball cards/tazos and falling in love with Space Jam as a 90’s kids, Derek discovered a love for basketball that has become a lifelong passion and pastime. He is also a massive NFL fan, which he was first introduced to as a seat-warmer for a friends fantasy football league.

​Derek was also a former wannabe professional DOTA2 player before real life got in the way. These days, he can be found either being a occasional filthy casual on NBA2K or Madden, trying to balance his love of food & cooking with gym & fitness, or spending far too much free time trying to win his fantasy leagues.

Josh Beck

Graphic Designer and Web Master

Teams supported:

NBA: Boston Celtics
NFL: Philadelphia Eagles
NRL: Manly Sea Eagles
MotoGP: Yamaha Movistar
MLB: Boston Red Sox
NHL: What’s that?

Josh is a 30 year old Canberran with a love of all things creative, and is the wizard behind all the Sideline Spice graphics. A Web Designer by day, he spends most of his nights rewatching Super Bowl 52, much to the chagrin of his fiance.

Josh follows most major sports except the World Game – the only sport he’s played since childhood. In a previous life he’d like to think he was a star cornerback in the NFL, though you’ll more than likely now found him in the corner-back of his couch on the hunt for buzzer beaters, field goals and final laps.

Josh runs his own side-hustle after hours and loves giving back to the community. An NRL SuperCoach runner-up by one point, he spends the rest of his time plotting revenge on past victors and concocting strategies to get back to the top… and works full time.