CALLING all Latinas – especially those with a passion for Rugby League!
The Guzman y Gomez Latin Heat, the rugby league team which represents Latin Americans worldwide, is entering a ladies team for the first time at the Cabramatta International Nines on February 1 in Sydney.
Participants are required to have heritage either via birth, parentage or grandparentage in any of the Latino nations from Mexico in the north to Chile and Argentina in the south.
Already the core of a strong team has been formed, with some very promising Latina graduates of the Australian junior system, visiting athletes on student visas, and a mix of crossover competitors from a variety of sports, as well as enthusiastic novices.
For each of the participants there is the very real prospect they will have the opportunity to represent their motherland in future years, with countries like Brasil, Chile, Argentina and Colombia already with the depth to field women’s teams.
Coaching the GYG Latina side will be Glenn Howison, whose daughter Kaitlyn (both pictured below) hopes to represent Brasil at the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England.
Glenn’s son, Connor Howison, has already represented Brasil’s men’s team at the 2019 Latino 9-a-side tournament.
“I’ve been involved with Rugby League for 41 years as a player, coach and trainer, but this is certainly a different and exciting opportunity to be involved with Latin Heat,” said Howison Snr.
“Previously, I’ve had the fortune to help teams make grand finals and win premierships, but the thing I’m always most proud of is helping individuals reach their potential.
“I’m passionate about the sport and can’t wait to see what we can achieve with this group of ladies.”
While there is an obvious World Cup incentive for the Brazilian players, the side also has a handful of standout Chilean women with representative honours to their name, including Wests Tigers-contracted Cleopatra Carreno (lead image, centre).
Adding to the eclectic mix are those from Ecuadoran, Salvadoran, Cuban and Venezuelan backgrounds, proudly representing their family roots.
Those who wish to trial should contact team manager Robert Burgin at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Latin Heat will also be entering a men’s team at the Cabramatta Nines on February 1, while the organisation will field Latino Youth teams in the Under 18 and Under 16 brackets versus Malta on February 22, also in western Sydney.
Aside from major sponsorship from Guzman y Gomez Mexican Taquerias, the history-making Latinas are proudly supported by S.H.I.E.L.D Security.