Blackhawks snare former West Tigers talent

Monday, January 18, 2016


Image courtesy of West Tigers

Former West Tigers Winger/Centre Delouise Hoeter has joined the Townsville & Districts Mendi Blackhawks for the 2016 season, further strengthening the club’s stock of outside backs.

Born in Tonga, Hoeter moved to New Zealand at age 5 and spent his childhood in Auckland. As a teenager he made the move to Australia to attend Queensland’s prestigious rugby league nursery of Keebra Park State High School.

The 21 year old was a talented soccer player as a youngster and also dreamed of playing for the All Blacks before choosing to pursue rugby league as a career.

In 2013 Hoeter was signed with the West Tigers National Youth Competition and played for them during 2013 and 2014. After graduating from the NYC he played for the West Tigers in the New South Wales Cup before making the next step to the NRL.

He made his NRL debut in Round 4 of the 2015 season against the Canterbury Bulldogs. Hoeter finished the 2015 season having played 7 NRL games and also representing Tonga against the Cook Islands in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Qualifying Match.

Coach Kristian Woolf is anticipating a bright future for Hoeter, “Delouise is an exciting prospect for us and adds to some very healthy and quality competition in the outside backs.”

“He brings athleticism and an ability to create opportunities on the field, as well as a great energy and approach to training off it. We look forward to seeing what Delouise can add to the Blackhawks in 2016.”