Wow, no posts from me since October... time to breathe some life into this thread again. the spelunkers have been through some up and downs in the offseason... it all got off to a bad start with the home ground getting a little too much rain causing the Pit to flood... at least it was good for the garden /Portals/0/Users/168/92/7592/openpit05.jpg' style='width: 600px; height: 446px; It was then onto the trade discussions... there were a few moves in the end of season trade period, which saw Heath Shaw controversially go to Foul Bay, Josh Hill to the Lilacs, Sam Grimley to the Whitsundays and Jarrad Redden and Marco Paparone go in separate deals to Marble Bar, with a bag of burger rings thrown in for good measure. We wish them all well and hope they light it up for the new clubs every week except for the week the are playing the Spelunkers. The club welcomes to The Pit: Tom Nicholls 201cm / 93kg /Portals/0/Users/168/92/7592/TomNicholls.jpg' style='width: 360px; height: 240px; Nicholls will slot straight into the number one ruckmen role and we are delighted to snare him at auction. Majak Daw 195cm / 94kg /Portals/0/Users/168/92/7592/majak.jpg' style='width: 194px; height: 259px; Bought in as a future star, eye candy for the local girls and for an option to extend our brand marketing into Africa, Daw could be the complete package. Not expected to play many games this year, but is a prodigious talent. Josh Thomas is another up and coming midfielder who we are hoping to see increased output from this year 176cm / 77kg /Portals/0/Users/168/92/7592/640924_1_M.jpg' style='width: 146px; height: 160px; and Danyle Pearce made his way to Tasmania, adding further depth to our midfield 179cm / 77kg /Portals/0/Users/168/92/7592/404025-danyle-pearce.jpg' style='width: 650px; height: 366px; The delistment day and draft day rolled around. The Spelunkers decided to regrettably depart way with their founding Captain Phil Davis, and also with Terry Milera, Liam Picken and Sam Rowe. With draft pick 16 the Spelunkers grabbed Marcus Bontempelli 192cm / 85kg /Portals/0/Users/168/92/7592/26_Marcus-Bontempelli_Draft-Countdown-Article-Image.jpg' style='width: 620px; height: 850px; With Pick 29 the list management team opted for Matthew Fuller, a gritty mature age defender who should be ready to go right out of the box 180cm / 85kg /Portals/0/Users/168/92/7592/matthew-fuller-1310320.jpg' style='width: 200px; height: 320px; With pick 33 they signed emerging key forward Michael Apeness 200cm / 98kg /Portals/0/Users/168/92/7592/michael%20apeness.jpg' style='width: 200px; height: 320px; With pick 36 The Spelunkers jumped onto Blake Acres, an emerging talent who has had some bad luck with a shoulder, hopefully that is all past him now. 189cm / 84kg /Portals/0/Users/168/92/7592/3_Blake-Acres_Draft-Countdown-Article-Image-Recovered.jpg' style='width: 620px; height: 850px; And with their final pick in the draft, at pick 48 Zac Merrett was snapped up. 178cm / 73kg /Portals/0/Users/168/92/7592/16_Zach-Merrett_Draft-Countdown-Article-Image.jpg' style='width: 620px; height: 850px; The match committee and list management departments are very very happy with the trade period and the draft... and whilst only Tom Nicholls will feature in the team from the start, the others have added considerable depth to the squad, and all stand a chance to be great players in the future.