On Friday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a ban on mass public gatherings of more than 500 people as the government attempts to halt the spread of the coronavirus.
As a result, the Giants will head to South Australia to take on the Crows in front of a bare Hisense Stadium.
“It’s all about the health and safety so we can definitely understand that and for us it’s just it doesn’t really change in terms of what we need to go out and do,” Hetherington said. “It is what it is, but it’s got everyone’s public safety in mind.”
Hetherington said head coach Alan McConnell has made no changes to preparation as a result of the lack of crowds, telling the players they need to instead be focused on their performance on the field.
“Because it has been in the public domain for a couple of weeks now we’ve been kept in the loop and told this is something that could happen,” Hetherington said. “They’ve been pretty good at just keeping us focused on playing the game as we can’t control anything from an outside perspective.”
Last week the Giants thrashed Richmond and claimed their biggest win in four years in the competition. Hetherington hopes that the record will push her team to write another page in the club’s history – their first time in the finals.
“You’ve got to be a bit realistic and realise that no disrespect to Richmond, they’re on the bottom of the ladder,” Hetherington said. “We need to make sure that coming up against a team like Adelaide that we’re probably not going to be afforded the luxury of not as much pressure.”
“We’ve definitely got a lot of things that we need to make sure that we step up in because it’s going to be a tough game.”