The Suns and Essendon played out the second AFL draw of the 2020 season on Wednesday night, but it was youngster Matt Rowell’s presence on the sideline that had social media in a frenzy.
The result is the second draw of the season after Richmond and Collingwood couldn't be separated in the AFL restart.
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But social media couldn’t help but concentrate on Rowell’s impeccable form on the sideline.
Rowell hasn’t played since he dislocated his shoulder in Round 5, but he was still able to win over fans with his shift to a coaching role.
Footage of the 19-year-old smiling and scribbling away in a note pad during the match had AFL fans admiring his passion.
It was enough for AFL fans to announce it was one of the best moment to come out of the 2020 season.
The vision of Matt Rowell sarcastically taking notes about Noah Anderson’s warm up and ripping on his best mate by pretending to give him a bad score is my favourite moment of the 2020 #AFL season.— Mark Gottlieb (@MarkGottlieb) August 12, 2020
What an absolute legend 👌😂 pic.twitter.com/CPaob9vJVM
“You know what happens? You know what happens when you make fun of Matt Rowell’s notebook? Huh?...— Ned Balme (@NedBalmeLives) August 12, 2020
You just made the list!” pic.twitter.com/mtpX6fXxYi
Matt Rowell memes are the best thing that has happened in iso.— Tim Michell (@tim_michell) August 12, 2020
There is so much toxicity attached to social media these days, but Matt Rowell standing on the sideline with a notebook and pen tonight has really brought out the best in what it can be #AFLSunsDons— Josh Barnstable (@JBarney1994) August 12, 2020
Unfortunately, Rowell’s tactical insight wasn’t enough to lift the Suns to a victory, despite a draw.
Suns miss match-winning kick
Gold Coast young guns Ben King and Izak Rankine have both missed potential match-winning chances as the Suns and Essendon played out an AFL draw.
Zaharakis finished with three goals but also injured his quad kicking his final major, finishing the match on the bench.
James Stewart, in his third game of the season, also kicked three goals for the Bombers.
King had two goals for the Suns, as did Lachie Weller and Sam Day, while Kyle Langford had two for Essendon including a fourth-quarter effort which had put the Bombers ahead in the final term.
Zach Merrett topped the possession charts with 31 disposals with Andrew McGrath (26), Dylan Shiel (26), Jordan Ridley (23) and Darcy Parish (20) all getting more touches than the Suns' highest possession winner in Hugh Greenwood (18).
Suns' defender Charlie Ballard claimed 10 intercept marks while Parish and William Snelling epitomised the Bombers' pressure with eight and seven tackles respectively.
The result moves Essendon to ninth with 22 points from 10 matches while the Suns, who had lost three straight heading into this match, sit 12th with 18 points from 11 matches.
"We had a couple of opportunities to, I guess, steal the win given they were in front at that point of the game but it's frustrating," Suns coach Stuart Dew said.
"We've been in some close ones and some of the things that we've learned from those came out at the end.
"We were able to get the opportunities but we weren't able to get over the line so here we are again. It's a hollow feeling."
Bombers coach John Worsfold was also left with mixed emotions from his team's performance.
"We made it hard for ourselves early. It was a fairly even game and all of a sudden we were three or four goals behind," Worsfold said, adding Zaharakis was looking at a few weeks on the sidelines.
The Bombers next face St Kilda on Sunday at the Gabba while the Suns take on Richmond at the same venue on Monday.