Questions with a Cobra: Phelim Hoey

Name: Phelim Hoey
Age: 33
Nationality: Irish
Occupation: Freelance photographer
Position: Wing


When did you first learn about rugby league?
When I arrived at my first training with the Cobra’s. I had played Union before in Utrecht but wasn’t aware of other variations to the sport like some other players in our team.

How did you become a Cobra?
At first I did not really like league as I was use to Union. Eventually I grew into it and I must say that league is more a sport for me. I signed up after a few trainings.

Do you support a professional team or have a favourite player?
No, I don’t support a team.

Which team do you look forward to playing the most and why?

Harderwijk. They are the newest Ducth League team and they are very good. I know a lot of the players, great guys to play against and have a beer with afterwards.

What is your personal goal this season?
No more stitches in my face.

When did you last score a try?
I scored the first try in the first game against Harderwijk last season.

Do you have an opposing player that you love to play against or have a rivalry with?
No, I don’t really mind who I play against. It doesn’t really matter on the field I think.

If you had to be one of the other Cobras for a week, who would it be and why?
I would love to know how a week in Daan’s live would feel. But I don’t want to switch lives for a week as I am sure he will fuck up mine.

What was your most embarrassing moment on the field?
I once had to check if my dick was still attached after someone grabbed it while tackling. I looked down my pants and saw it was bleeding a little. The whole facial expression and situation must have been funny to some as I heard some people laugh.

What was your best one?
Every try I made. And me and Stefan make a good tackling team.

Which cobra is the funniest?
Dom has some great stories and James helps us remember these stories. Funny combination.

Which Cobra is most likely to avoid paying for a round?
Probably the players who talk in the groupsapp but never show up to training.

Which training drill do you dread the most?
The beep test

Do you have a nickname?
How would you describe yourself in one word?