Meath still haven’t named their starting team for Sunday but this is understandable, I guess, seeing that most of their attention this week will have been focused on the situation relating to their captain Stephen Bray. His CHC hearing took place at Croke Park last night and the Indo is reporting this morning that the CHC imposed a four-week ban on the Navan O’Mahony’s man for the incident which resulted in his sending-off late in the game against Limerick. Meath still have the option of taking Bray’s case to both the CAC and the DRA (any more three-letter acronyms of appeal while we’re at it?) but they’re apparently unlikely to do so, given the time constraints and the lack of any video evidence which might exonerate their man.
I’d be surprised if they didn’t make every effort to get their captain off the hook so we could yet see an eleventh-hour twist to this particular tale. It’s difficult not to have sympathy with the Meathman: he’s a skillful player who doesn’t have a track record in this area and it seems likely that the incident in question was a case of six of the one and a half dozen of the other. It’s undoubtedly the case that our job on Sunday will be made far easier if Bray isn’t playing but that’s not the point – I’d prefer to see us beat a full-strength Meath side the next day, not one shorn of their inspirational captain in circumstances such as this.
That’s about all there is to report for now, apart from Johnno once again doing his “where did you get the idea that we’re favourites for this one?” routine. Well, I guess he’s nothing if not consistent where it comes to pre-match patter.
I dunno about the rest of you but I think that the lead-in to this game appears to have gone on interminably and it really is time for action now. We’re still down in Banner territory but we’ll be back at base later on tonight and will be straining at the leash to get to HQ on Sunday.