Down ready to take Garvey dispute all the way to DRA
Down defender Conor Garvey will have his case heard before the Central Appeals Committee tomorrow night.
County secretary Sean Og McAteer indicated yesterday that if they are not successful in having Garvey's one-match suspension overturned, they will consider taking the fight all the way to the Disputes Resolution Authority (DRA).
Down are adamant that Garvey has been harshly treated and are desperate to have him cleared to play in the Ulster final against Donegal on Sunday week.
The player was cited for endangering an opponent (Karl O'Connell) after the Ulster semi-final win over Monaghan.
"We will try to get the right result on Wednesday night, but if not, let's see what happens after that,'' said McAteer.
Niall McParland will get the cast taken off his broken hand tomorrow.
The defender was poised to make his debut in the Ulster championship opener against Fermanagh but suffered the injury in training two weeks before the game.
"In terms of blocking balls and such like, the Ulster final may come a little soon for someone who has broken his hand,'' said Down boss James McCartan.
"Though knowing Niall, he will be in there tackling with gusto right away.''
Long-term injuries to Dan Gordon and Benny Coulter have healed up and Down also have Aidan Brannigan available again after the one-match ban he picked up in the wake of the Fermanagh game.