Forever Green: Where are they now? - Brett Hetherington
This week we catch up with our former forward Brett Hetherington who was a part of the 1994 Premiership winning side.
Canberra Raiders #134
What do you do for work now?
I've run a pub, I've been partners with my brother and Brett Mullins for the last 16 years, we just sold that last October. At the moment I'm doing nothing until my back becomes so good so nothing for the next few months at least.
What's your favourite memory as a Raider?
Probably '94, the Grand Final. Some were leaving the club after the game and all the boys and staff were on the bus celebrating. It was just us keeping it real.
What did it mean to you, to where the Raiders jersey?
It was everything I suppose. It was funny, we had a roll where we didn't lose at home in over a year and a half, it might have been two years, I'm not too sure and it was just pride.
Who was your favourite teammate?
I lived with Brett Mullins when I moved down to Canberra and he put me up. He's in Newcastle now and we still catch up all the time, he's just a good fella and a loveable bloke and loves a quiet beer like myself. They were better blokes then players and that's a massive quality that you want and it's rare to find in a lot of clubs.
I'm 11 months older than Mullo but when we were young we made this Catholic school representative side, he was in year five and I was in year six and he played centre.
The coach Kenny Rodwell, Matty Rodwell's dad he said to Mullo, "Run as fast as you can because you see this bloke, he's way faster than you so just run as fast as you can and when they come near you, give the ball to him." Mullo still denies it but I'm telling you that's what went down.
He was just a freak, he just had natural ability, you can't put into words how good he was.
What was your funniest moment as a Raider?
Steve Walters was always a clown. He was always funny and even the staff were hilarious blokes.
Do you have any advice for younger players?
Go out and have some fun.
There's also a fine line between belief and arrogance. It's one thing thinking you can do it, but you need to do the work and prepare well.