Latin Heat Award Winners – Who’s Next?

  • Photos courtesy of Sergio Montenegro/Darkside Studio


Since being established in July 2013, Latin American Rugby League (GYG Latin Heat) has seen some amazing contributions as we’ve opened the world’s eyes to what Latinos can do in 13-a-side football.

The players in the early years have paved a way for others to follow, and promoted the game to communities which previously were unaware of the skill, speed and power of the great sport.

At the end of every 12 month cycle the standout players and officials have been recognised with an awards presentation.

Towards the end of October we will be hosting a similar presentation that will take into account performances at the following events:

  • 2015 Latino Sevens tournament
  • 2016 Elite Men’s Game v Thailand Stars
  • 2016 Youth Game v Mediterranean
  • 2016 Cabramatta International Nines
  • 2016 El Escudo del Desafio (Chile v El Salvador)
  • 2016 El Escudo del Sul (Uruguay v Peru)
  • 2016 El Escudo del Norte (Ecuador v Colombia)
  • 2016 Elite Men’s Game v North America – Played September 30 at St Mary’s Stadium. Click HERE for tickets.
  • 2016 Men’s Development Game v Africa United – Played October 1 at Liverpool All Saints, Hillier Oval.
  • 2016 Under 18 Redfern Nines – Played October 8
  • 2016 Under 16 Harmony Cup – Played October 8

(nb. The 2015/16 award winners will not take into account the 2016 Latino Nines, to be held at Moorebank on October 22. Performances there will contribute to the 2016/2017 awards.





Presented to players and officials who best embody the spirit of Latin Heat and have made a major contribution to team culture.premiacion-pub-15-of-36

2013/14 – Daniel Sarmiento (Colombia) & Luis Guillermo Fhon (Peru)

2014/15 – Daniel Godinez (El Salvador) & Kim Britos (Uruguay) & Diego Arellano (Argentina)

2015/16 – ???



Presented to the best players aged 18 years and under, based on on-field performance.

2013/14 – Daniel Navarro (Argentina) and Brandon Tobar (Chile)

2014/15 – James Goncalves (Brazil)

2015/16 – ???



Presented to the best players aged 16 years and under, based on on-field performance.

2013/14 – Not presented

2014/15 – Gabriel Papa (Uruguay/Argentina)

2015/16 – ???



Presented to a player who has played Rugby League for less than 12 months.premiacion-pub-10-of-36

2013/14 – Juan David Espinal (Colombia)

2014/15 – Andres Marino Silva (Colombia)

2015/16 – ???



Presented to the player who has shown the greatest change in ability in 12 months while performing for Latin American Rugby League.

2013/14 – Not awarded

2014/15 – Diego Gil Vejerano (Colombia)

2015/16 – ???



Presented to the best player in the past year in the positions of halfback, five-eighth, centre, wing and fullback.

2013/14 – Sebastian Delapaz (Chile)

2014/15 – Kevin McKenzie (Guyana)

2015/16 – ???



Presented to the best player in the past year in the positions of hooker, prop, second row and lock.

2013/14 – Jaden Laing (Chile)

2014/15 – Sean Day (Peru)

2015/16 – ???



Presented for a combination of standout on-field performances, training ethic and providing a positive role model to other Latino Rugby League players.

2013/14 – Jye Sommers (Peru)

2014/15 – Eduardo Wegener (Chile)

2015/16 – ???



Presented based on votes from other players in the elite squad regarding who they believe has contributed the most in game performances for the past 12 months.Latin Rugby League representative

2013/14 – Jaden Laing (Chile)

2014/15 – Daniel Navarro (Argentina)

2015/16 – ???


The efforts of the 100% volunteer-run Latin Heat Rugby League are supported by Guzman y Gomez Mexican TaqueriasS.H.I.E.L.D SecurityTattoo CleaningSeriousAboutRL.comRugby League Team Manager 2015 computer game, Retrocom Digital TV SpecialistsColombianos en BrisbaneLink Australia Student ServicesRaw Juicery, SEMCAR Mechanics, Lichtnauer and Associates Accountants, Cast Graphics,  Cabramatta Ink, Majestic Property Maintenance, musician Royal El Latino and Darkside Studio Photography.

Official charities supported are Amnesty International, Live To Give Projects and Red Cross Ecuador Earthquake Appeal.