Class List 2018 – Robert Hetherington
Robert Hetherington began his lacrosse career at the University of Stirling in the 2005/2006 season. He was given the nickname Momo by his teammates and this stuck with him for the rest of his career. He helped Stirling to win the Scottish League in 2009/10 season.
He latterly represented Glasgow City Lacrosse Club during the period 2011-2013. Having taken to the game Bobby quickly established himself within the Scotland set-up.
He represented the U -19s at the 2008 World Championships in Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada; helping the team to an 8th place finish.
In 2010 Bobby was selected to represent Scotland at the World Championships in Manchester and he established himself as a starting defender, despite his limited experience compared to his teammates.
Bobby was a superb athlete both and psychologically which allowed him to excel at this sport despite taking to it only in his later teens. He was an inspiration on and off the field and was the type of player that others wanted to play for; he would lead and they would willingly follow. It was no surprise that Bobby was named as captain for the 2012 European Championships in Amsterdam.
He played in that team alongside twelve of his former Stirling teammates and three of his Glasgow City teammates. He performed at the apex of his ability which, unsurprisingly, caught the eye of many US College recruiters who tried to tempt him back to fulltime education over The Pond. Bobby turned these opportunities down in order to pursue a military career with the British Army.
On 30th April 2013, whilst serving with the Royal Regiment of Scotland in Afghanistan, Bobby was killed in action along with two comrades, he was 25 years old. It is a given that Bobby would have gone to the World Championships in Denver in 2014 and that he would have been one of the squad captains. Bobby would have been part of the Scotland set up for many more years.
He impressed everyone he encountered with his passion for the sport, his natural ability, and his dedication to continually improving his skills. He was a unique man; everyone who played in Scotland or for Scotland between 2005 and 2013 will have a story about Bobby. Those stories will be told with great humour, through a grimace of pain remembered from a game against (or with!) him or with reverence but, always, always with respect and admiration.