#42 Adam Saad


#1347

Poor choice of plane - F15s are so 90s


#1348

Glad I didn’t pipe in with F1 11


#1349

To be honest I was tempted to go f14 but that is far too 70s/80s/macross.

Neither strike me as f22s though, both have a few rough edges. Certainly both are more reliable than the beleaguered f35.

In retrospect however a su35 would probably have been a more apt comparison given the Russian fondness for designing highly manoeuvrable dog fighters.

On second thoughts maybe i should have just totally geeked out and gone with the Super Valkyrie.


#1350

M8 enough of this F22, F14 and SU35 comparisons they’re farkin Essendon bombers!

LID FARKIN OFF


#1351

…and the Esssendon ssstories continue to roll out. They all know we are going to be the team to watch this year.

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Fast, faster, fastest: New Don hits top speed

Callum Twomey

WITH a team featuring Orazio Fantasia, Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, Travis Colyer, Conor McKenna and Andrew McGrath, Essendon probably wasn’t crying out for more pace at the end of last season.

But when Adam Saad decided he wanted to head home to Victoria after three seasons with Gold Coast, the Bombers put their case forward and landed the 23-year-old.

The former Suns defender has been at his new club for nearly four months, and is claiming the mantle as the fastest there.

“They’re pretty quick – Orazio’s very quick – but I’d say I’m quicker,” Saad told AFL.com.au this week.

Essendon was nearly just as swift to nab the speedy half-back when his name arose as a trade option late last season, giving up its 2018 second-round draft pick to the Suns in exchange for Saad.

Carlton was also interested in adding his run and carry to their list, but Saad, who played for the Calder Cannons in the TAC Cup, believed Essendon was the better fit in his bid to be back in Melbourne closer to family.

“As soon as I spoke to Essendon it felt right, it felt like home, and I really have made the right decision. There was a couple of clubs [interested], but I just had my eyes on Essendon,” he said.

“I was pretty nervous at the start, but as soon as I walked in all the players and staff welcomed me in, so it’s been an easy transition and I’m enjoying being back in Melbourne.”

Saad didn’t always anticipate coming home. He agreed to a two-year deal with the Suns in 2016 that was to take him through to the end of 2018, but found being away from his support network too challenging.

“It’s a tough one because I signed a two-year deal and I had every intention to do the two years and then take it from there, but things happen in life and it got too tough for me in the end, but it was an ongoing thing. I knew towards the end of the season I wanted to come back home,” he said.

Saad played every game for the Suns last year in his most productive AFL season. He comes to Essendon with 48 senior games’ experience, and his arrival at the Bombers will likely free McGrath to spend more time in the midfield after a superb debut season as a small defender.

Coach John Worsfold has given Saad a licence to play to his exhilarating strengths and set up the play out of the backline, at least to an extent.

“It’s about trying to play within the team rules and the way we play at Essendon, but also to play with the flair I’ve got, defend and then run and carry,” Saad said.

“I watched them a couple of times last year and they’ve had Fantasia, and McDonald-Tipungwuti, and the way they run and carry, if I can complement that in the season that would be good.”

Saad is the only one of Essendon’s three off-season trade recruits – alongside Jake Stringer and Devon Smith – to have been selected for Friday night’s AFLX games at Etihad Stadium.

He hopes the sharp, quick nature of the contests will suit his style.

“It’s going to be a fast-paced game,” he said. “We have practiced it during training the past month and we’ve enjoyed it. It’s been part of our training and it’s going to be exciting.”


#1352

Funny how he say’s everyone is really quick but im quicker, good confidence there. I did think Orazio was our quickest till saad came along which he kinda validates there.


#1353

I’m quicker than both of them put together…by that I mean if Saad was carrying Raz on his shoulders, I would beat him…I think!


#1354

I’d love to see a foot race between Colyer, Saad, Tippa and Raz.

Hell even add McGrath in there too because he was an elite sprinter.


#1355

I would rate our speed squad as follows…

Lightning quick : Saad, McKenna, Fantasia

Very quick : Tippa, Colyer, McGrath

Reasonably quick / Good pace : Zaharakis, Smith, Zerrett, Begley

Above average for their size : JD, Stewart, Stringer

Just under those guys I would have Jerrett, Green and perhaps Redman.


#1356

Stringer has serious serious speed when he puts the hammer down


#1357

He sure does.
Breakaway speed perhaps as powerful as Danger and Dusty.

It’s difficult to rate speed amongst players, as it encompasses breakaway or burst speed away from congestion/a pack/potential tackler, and also prolonged speed required to take multiple bounces and still have a chasing defensive player covered.
I have not factored lateral movement into my rankings, as it would make the exercise too difficult.


#1358

Fanta did his hammy trying to do a sidestep at full speed. There are limits to the capability of the human body.


#1359

Begley? What’s he doing there at all let alone in Zahas bracket?


#1360

Last, but Last man standing. Ambo.


#1361

Yep, difficult player to rate speed wise as I’m not a regular VFL watcher.
Seems to have power in those legs to bound away from most types of players, so I thought he might fit into that bracket (if I had to put him somewhere).

I could be wrong though.


#1362

Not sold. Of course you can’t judge too much on AFLX, but if he’s going to be indicisive and bounce the ball as soon as he gets it when he doesn’t need to all year, it’s going to be frustrating.


#1363

Sack Dodoro


#1364

Early on he got pinned for running 10 metres and from there just decided to bounce every 3-4 meters instead.

He doesn’t play like that in the real stuff.


#1365

I feel the same. Always thought he was a bit selfish and indecisive


#1366

Saad needs to learn there are times when you shouldn’t take the game on irish is the same.