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NRL 2021: Canterbury chairman John Khoury says club is standing behind firebrand Jack Hetherington


The Bulldogs have vowed to stick by a ‘sorry’ Jack Hetherington despite the firebrand forward, with the NRL’s worst foul play record, earning yet another black mark against his name.



An emotional Canterbury Bulldogs chairman John Khoury has vowed to stick by a “sorry” Jack Hetherington, declaring the firebrand forward with the NRL’s worst foul play record is “a great kid” who has a “bright future”.
It comes as Hetherington, 24, gets set for another long stint on the sidelines after becoming the first player this season to be sent off for his ugly high tackle on North Queensland’s Valentine Holmes.

Khoury also conceded it was “embarrassing” to learn that the TAB has now set a market listing the Bulldogs at $13 to go the entire season winless.

The Bulldogs remain the only team without a win after six games.

But it is Hetherington’s shocking foul play record that has now added further insult to the team’s horrible start after copping a grade three careless high tackle charge that will sideline him for between five and six matches.

While the grade three charge carries a base penalty of 300 points, Hetherington’s poor record pushes up the ban dramatically.

Khoury said the club was yet to decide if it would contest for a downgrade, but it adds to an already shocking record that has seen Hetherington miss a total of 10 matches through suspension in a career that so far spans just 29 in total.

Incredibly, this is Hetherington’s seventh judiciary charge since debuting in 2018.

Yet Khoury was absolutely certain about where the club stands on Hetherington’s future.


“He is still a young kid with a bright future,” Khoury said.

“We just have to help him and coach him. It is good that he is aggressive.

“We need some aggressive forwards in the game, but it needs to be tapered and managed.”

Told no one was disputing whether Hetherington was “a good kid”, but the question more related to his horrible judiciary record, Khoury continued: “He is from a good family. He is a country kid.

“He is young and I know Trent is a good coach. And Trent will get the best out of him, within the rules obviously, not getting suspended.

“I am not saying what happened was good. Did he do it intentionally? Speaking to him he was really sorry.


“He didn’t (do it intentionally). And it is split second. Valentine Holmes is fast, steps … I don’t want to pre-empt (the judiciary). We will let the experts look at it and just see if there is grounds to put a case in to downgrade.

“We are just hurting a bit at the moment. It has been a tough start for our club and we just all have to stick together. That is our position at the moment.”

Khoury also backed Barrett to pull the team through.

“We are fully supportive of Trent,” Khoury said. “I really believe in him.”

He also pointed to key injuries and suspensions as playing a significant part in the team’s poor start.

“Ray Faitala-Mariner (foot) and Jeremy Marshall-King (foot), they are big losses to our squad,” he added.


“And then you have Jayden Okunbor (knee) too who is coming back from an ACL injury. Luke Thompson being out (suspended) for four weeks hasn’t helped. He has come back strongly which is really promising.

“(But) the new rules (have caused the problem) and the good teams have adjusted better than some of the clubs like ours at the moment.

“That is the reality of it. I am not going to sugar coat it.

“But Trent has said it. We have a lot of blokes, they are playing for contracts. It is the NRL. It is professional sport.”

The last team to go an entire season without a win was the Roosters in 1966, while in ’64 Canterbury lost its first seven games before getting a draw. The club’s only win that season was in round 14.

Hetherington hit for six as bookies hand Dogs ultimate insult
Bulldogs firebrand Jack Hetherington is facing a minmum five-week ban for his shot on Valentine Holmes after being charged by the NRL’s match review committee.

Hetherington was hit with a grade three careless high tackle charge, which usually results in a three-week suspension. But owing to his poor record, Hetherington is looking at five games with an early guilty plea - or six weeks should he fight the charge and lose.

As if the Hetherington send off wasn’t a bad enough aftermath to the Bulldogs’ sixth straight defeat to start the season, now bookmakers have handed Trent Barrett’s team the ultimate insult.


The TAB has now listed Canterbury at $13 to go through this entire 2021 NRL season winless.

It comes on the back of another embarrassing performance in Townsville when the hapless Dogs crashed to an embarrassing 30-18 defeat to North Queensland.

In a performance that was also marred by Hetherington’s controversial dismissal, it continued the club’s worst start to a season in 57 long years.

But those proud and mighty days are now a distant memory and instead Canterbury are struggling to see a light at the end of what has been a very dark and miserable period of the club’s history.

A frustrated Barrett could only look on at times disgust as he sat on the sidelines at Queensland Country Bank Stadium and watched his team dish up another performance that for the most part just wasn’t up to NRL standard.


A TAB spokesman said of the chances of them going through the season without a win: “The Dogs have a tough few weeks ahead of them with the Sharks and Eels coming up while the Dragons and Raiders follow.

“Our market has them at $5 to get their first win this week, $7.50 against Parra and the Dragons.

“If they are winless through those games we have them at $8 to beat the Dragons in Round 14 — the last time they were single figure odds to win a game this season.”

Hetherington was on Monday awaiting the NRL’s match review committee charges after being sensationally marched for collaring Valentine Holmes with a careless high tackle midway through the second half.

There was a debate on Sunday night as to whether or not Hetherington’s high shot was worthy of a send off given some of the inconsistent punishments for other illegal tackles this season.

But regardless it was high and it was dangerous and it is likely to leave Hetherington on the sidelines when the Bulldogs face the Sharks on Saturday.


Although the Bulldogs fought back with two tries while down to 12 men it was simple too little too late, as they finished the round the only team without a win after six matches.

Hetherington has an awful judiciary record and missed four matches last year for a high tackle on Manly’s Martin Taupau while he was playing for the Warriors.

It’s the last thing Barrett would want to deal with as he struggles to find a way out of a world of rugby league hurt.

The Cowboys went into the round second last on the NRL ladder so Bulldogs fans are entitled to be wondering how this team will even get a win this season.

The Roosters were the last team to go winless through an entire season and that was all the way back in 1966.

Canterbury went winless from their opening seven games in 1964 before they scored a draw. Their first and only win that season was in round 14.

The Dogs now have the Sharks, Eels and Raiders in their next three games.

It must be taken into account that the Cowboys are playing without Michael Morgan and Jason Taumalolo.


Bulldogs fans have every right to be filthy.

Some of the silly schoolboy errors the players came up with were just embarrassing, while the lack of patience and ability to build pressure at vital times was horrendous.

Pretty much from a first set turnover after a clumsy mix up between Renouf Atoni and Jake Averillo it was obvious they were again going to struggle.

And there was a classic case in point of their lack of direction around the 50th minute when they were trailing 12-6 and had a set near the Cowboys line.

But after bumbling their way through the set with next to no direction it was left to Atoni to run the ball on the last play with Kyle Flanagan watching on as another opportunity amounted to nothing.

Barrett would have been furious with the performance of his halves.

To their credit the Bulldogs fired up after the Hetherington send off but they just couldn’t close the deal.

The fact of the matter is they don’t have the talent to match the better teams.

But surely their fans at least deserve better energy, intent and discipline for the full 80 minutes.

DOGS CRASH TOWARD WORST START IN 57 YEARS
They were once known as the Dogs of War and for decades were regarded as one of the toughest, fiercest and most successful organisations in rugby league.

But those proud and mighty days are now a distant memory and instead Canterbury fans are left to put up with performances that just go from bad to worse by the week.

And it continued in Townsville on Sunday when a controversial Jack Hetherington send off marred an embarrassing 30-18 defeat to North Queensland that keeps the Bulldogs on track for the club’s worst start to a season in 57 long years.

A frustrated Trent Barrett could only look on in frustration and at times disgust as he sat on the sidelines at Queensland Country Bank Stadium and watched his team dish up another performance that for the most part just wasn’t up to NRL standard.
 

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NRL 2021: Canterbury chairman John Khoury says club is standing behind firebrand Jack Hetherington


The Bulldogs have vowed to stick by a ‘sorry’ Jack Hetherington despite the firebrand forward, with the NRL’s worst foul play record, earning yet another black mark against his name.



An emotional Canterbury Bulldogs chairman John Khoury has vowed to stick by a “sorry” Jack Hetherington, declaring the firebrand forward with the NRL’s worst foul play record is “a great kid” who has a “bright future”.
It comes as Hetherington, 24, gets set for another long stint on the sidelines after becoming the first player this season to be sent off for his ugly high tackle on North Queensland’s Valentine Holmes.

Khoury also conceded it was “embarrassing” to learn that the TAB has now set a market listing the Bulldogs at $13 to go the entire season winless.

The Bulldogs remain the only team without a win after six games.

But it is Hetherington’s shocking foul play record that has now added further insult to the team’s horrible start after copping a grade three careless high tackle charge that will sideline him for between five and six matches.

While the grade three charge carries a base penalty of 300 points, Hetherington’s poor record pushes up the ban dramatically.

Khoury said the club was yet to decide if it would contest for a downgrade, but it adds to an already shocking record that has seen Hetherington miss a total of 10 matches through suspension in a career that so far spans just 29 in total.

Incredibly, this is Hetherington’s seventh judiciary charge since debuting in 2018.

Yet Khoury was absolutely certain about where the club stands on Hetherington’s future.


“He is still a young kid with a bright future,” Khoury said.

“We just have to help him and coach him. It is good that he is aggressive.

“We need some aggressive forwards in the game, but it needs to be tapered and managed.”

Told no one was disputing whether Hetherington was “a good kid”, but the question more related to his horrible judiciary record, Khoury continued: “He is from a good family. He is a country kid.

“He is young and I know Trent is a good coach. And Trent will get the best out of him, within the rules obviously, not getting suspended.

“I am not saying what happened was good. Did he do it intentionally? Speaking to him he was really sorry.


“He didn’t (do it intentionally). And it is split second. Valentine Holmes is fast, steps … I don’t want to pre-empt (the judiciary). We will let the experts look at it and just see if there is grounds to put a case in to downgrade.

“We are just hurting a bit at the moment. It has been a tough start for our club and we just all have to stick together. That is our position at the moment.”

Khoury also backed Barrett to pull the team through.

“We are fully supportive of Trent,” Khoury said. “I really believe in him.”

He also pointed to key injuries and suspensions as playing a significant part in the team’s poor start.

“Ray Faitala-Mariner (foot) and Jeremy Marshall-King (foot), they are big losses to our squad,” he added.


“And then you have Jayden Okunbor (knee) too who is coming back from an ACL injury. Luke Thompson being out (suspended) for four weeks hasn’t helped. He has come back strongly which is really promising.

“(But) the new rules (have caused the problem) and the good teams have adjusted better than some of the clubs like ours at the moment.

“That is the reality of it. I am not going to sugar coat it.

“But Trent has said it. We have a lot of blokes, they are playing for contracts. It is the NRL. It is professional sport.”

The last team to go an entire season without a win was the Roosters in 1966, while in ’64 Canterbury lost its first seven games before getting a draw. The club’s only win that season was in round 14.

Hetherington hit for six as bookies hand Dogs ultimate insult
Bulldogs firebrand Jack Hetherington is facing a minmum five-week ban for his shot on Valentine Holmes after being charged by the NRL’s match review committee.

Hetherington was hit with a grade three careless high tackle charge, which usually results in a three-week suspension. But owing to his poor record, Hetherington is looking at five games with an early guilty plea - or six weeks should he fight the charge and lose.

As if the Hetherington send off wasn’t a bad enough aftermath to the Bulldogs’ sixth straight defeat to start the season, now bookmakers have handed Trent Barrett’s team the ultimate insult.


The TAB has now listed Canterbury at $13 to go through this entire 2021 NRL season winless.

It comes on the back of another embarrassing performance in Townsville when the hapless Dogs crashed to an embarrassing 30-18 defeat to North Queensland.

In a performance that was also marred by Hetherington’s controversial dismissal, it continued the club’s worst start to a season in 57 long years.

But those proud and mighty days are now a distant memory and instead Canterbury are struggling to see a light at the end of what has been a very dark and miserable period of the club’s history.

A frustrated Barrett could only look on at times disgust as he sat on the sidelines at Queensland Country Bank Stadium and watched his team dish up another performance that for the most part just wasn’t up to NRL standard.


A TAB spokesman said of the chances of them going through the season without a win: “The Dogs have a tough few weeks ahead of them with the Sharks and Eels coming up while the Dragons and Raiders follow.

“Our market has them at $5 to get their first win this week, $7.50 against Parra and the Dragons.

“If they are winless through those games we have them at $8 to beat the Dragons in Round 14 — the last time they were single figure odds to win a game this season.”

Hetherington was on Monday awaiting the NRL’s match review committee charges after being sensationally marched for collaring Valentine Holmes with a careless high tackle midway through the second half.

There was a debate on Sunday night as to whether or not Hetherington’s high shot was worthy of a send off given some of the inconsistent punishments for other illegal tackles this season.

But regardless it was high and it was dangerous and it is likely to leave Hetherington on the sidelines when the Bulldogs face the Sharks on Saturday.


Although the Bulldogs fought back with two tries while down to 12 men it was simple too little too late, as they finished the round the only team without a win after six matches.

Hetherington has an awful judiciary record and missed four matches last year for a high tackle on Manly’s Martin Taupau while he was playing for the Warriors.

It’s the last thing Barrett would want to deal with as he struggles to find a way out of a world of rugby league hurt.

The Cowboys went into the round second last on the NRL ladder so Bulldogs fans are entitled to be wondering how this team will even get a win this season.

The Roosters were the last team to go winless through an entire season and that was all the way back in 1966.

Canterbury went winless from their opening seven games in 1964 before they scored a draw. Their first and only win that season was in round 14.

The Dogs now have the Sharks, Eels and Raiders in their next three games.

It must be taken into account that the Cowboys are playing without Michael Morgan and Jason Taumalolo.


Bulldogs fans have every right to be filthy.

Some of the silly schoolboy errors the players came up with were just embarrassing, while the lack of patience and ability to build pressure at vital times was horrendous.

Pretty much from a first set turnover after a clumsy mix up between Renouf Atoni and Jake Averillo it was obvious they were again going to struggle.

And there was a classic case in point of their lack of direction around the 50th minute when they were trailing 12-6 and had a set near the Cowboys line.

But after bumbling their way through the set with next to no direction it was left to Atoni to run the ball on the last play with Kyle Flanagan watching on as another opportunity amounted to nothing.

Barrett would have been furious with the performance of his halves.

To their credit the Bulldogs fired up after the Hetherington send off but they just couldn’t close the deal.

The fact of the matter is they don’t have the talent to match the better teams.

But surely their fans at least deserve better energy, intent and discipline for the full 80 minutes.

DOGS CRASH TOWARD WORST START IN 57 YEARS
They were once known as the Dogs of War and for decades were regarded as one of the toughest, fiercest and most successful organisations in rugby league.

But those proud and mighty days are now a distant memory and instead Canterbury fans are left to put up with performances that just go from bad to worse by the week.

And it continued in Townsville on Sunday when a controversial Jack Hetherington send off marred an embarrassing 30-18 defeat to North Queensland that keeps the Bulldogs on track for the club’s worst start to a season in 57 long years.

A frustrated Trent Barrett could only look on in frustration and at times disgust as he sat on the sidelines at Queensland Country Bank Stadium and watched his team dish up another performance that for the most part just wasn’t up to NRL standard.
Stop talking, chairman.
 

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We’ve fought loads of judiciary charges buddy and we have a good record of winning. Don’t let current circumstances cloud your judgement you negative nancy
Yeah I was thinking the same. Can't remember the last time we fought and lost. Was it Grahams bite?
 

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The club needs to start stepping on toes. We have been the NRL’s bitches for a few years now because they think we are WEAK. How about sticking up for our players, sponsors and more importantly the fans. Let us play rough and play dirty because all the other puppets do and get away with it. Latrell Mitchell has 3 incidents against him and he gets away with it as many others do. Enough is enough. Stick it up the cheating c***s. What can they do? Sack the club ! No because then the corruption will be found out. Time for our club and fans to stand up and give it to them. The club can afford to risk fines just to show the truth.
 

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We’ve fought loads of judiciary charges buddy and we have a good record of winning. Don’t let current circumstances cloud your judgement you negative nancy
In recent years. What charges have we fought and won?
 

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Time for that old siege mentality to shine through bookies giving it to us nrl giving it to us refs other so called club fans im a bulldog and proud of it they can all get stuffed
That mentality is long gone champ and most likely will never return.
 

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Wait a minute. Hold on a second.
Did I just read that the Dogs Ceo said we would look tp fight a judiciary charge?
Thing may yet be changing
Nasheed here,
Us Lebanese are loyal to the bone. Management will back our guys 110% now and not sell them down the river to the reported point they nearly hang themselves like what previous administration did to CHN.
What a disaster that was.
 

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Yeah I was thinking the same. Can't remember the last time we fought and lost. Was it Grahams bite?
Yeah Graham’s bite, not sure what the process was when Thompson went to the judiciary as I was not even interested after last season lol. But we have won quite a few that we have fought over the years.
 

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Nasheed here,
Us Lebanese are loyal to the bone. Management will back our guys 110% now and not sell them down the river to the reported point they nearly hang themselves like what previous administration did to CHN.
What a disaster that was.
Yeah, and CHN really repaid the Raiders for taking him in didn’t he - a high range PCA charge and playing Canterbury Cup. Bloke is a goose who never learns. Better off without him.
 

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See what happens tomorrow? that story which I stopped reading at line 90 of an article seemingly of war and peace length did it mention the length of suspension anticipated? Maybe should contest it, was only careless no intent and no injury to the player..and we need a break ffs.
 

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Yeah, and CHN really repaid the Raiders for taking him in didn’t he - a high range PCA charge and playing Canterbury Cup. Bloke is a goose who never learns. Better off without him.
But what if his ass kicked on to be the best second rower in the game like Bateman?
Same thang. Wouldn’t have mattered. He played well for us, but it isn’t a question if his ability.
We hung him out to the point he nearly hung himself and that would mean lawsuits.
 

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We hung him out to the point he nearly hung himself and that would mean lawsuits.
Zero evidence of that apart from him saying he ‘contemplated’ self harm. Thought you said you knew the law? That’s crap, yet you want to rabble on about ‘Lebanese Leadership’. Pffft.
 

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Zero evidence of that apart from him saying he ‘contemplated’ self harm. Thought you said you knew the law? That’s crap, yet you want to rabble on about ‘Lebanese Leadership’. Pffft.
Failure to duty of care to a playa.
As an amateur lawyer, I can tell you that the club will spook because of negative PR and pay up, the shit show of this going to court will be appalling and will make the dogs look like the bad ppl, they didn’t offer any counselling if u remembered.
Dinkum even though U hate me if u got caught up in an assault or drinking charge I will still represent u at half the price a qualified lawyer would. 200 bucks and a bottle of 1.125 litre beam and money for the opal ticket and as long as it’s cash in hand to not affect my Centrelink payment.

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Failure to duty of care to a playa.
As an amateur lawyer, I can tell you that the club will spook because of negative PR and pay up, the shit show of this going to court will be appalling and will make the dogs look like the bad ppl, they didn’t offer any counselling if u remembered.
Dinkum even though U hate me if u got caught up in an assault or drinking charge I will still represent u at half the price a qualified lawyer would. 200 bucks and a bottle of 1.125 litre beam and money for the opal ticket and as long as it’s cash in hand to not affect my Centrelink payment.

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Hey guy,

Do you do immigration law? If so can you inbox me with some details.

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