Gidley helped Warrington reach the Super League grand final
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5. Brock Motum (Zalgiris)
The Boomers forward came off the bench and scored a game-high 16 points in a 98-45 thumping of Lithuanian rivals Siauliai last week. Playing only 16 minutes off the bench, Motum was a focal point in his time on the court as he nailed two three-pointers and made four of seven attempts from inside the arc. It was a solid outing for Motum after he had put up only six points across the first two games of the season, and he would also add seven points – five of them from the free-throw line – in a 79-66 win over Vytautas Prienu on the weekend.
4. Matthew Dellavedova (Milwaukee Bucks)
It's only pre-season basketball but Dellavedova has made a solid start to his Bucks career, scoring 11 points and adding six assists in a 93-91 win over the Chicago Bulls. The Boomers guard had no trouble finding his new teammates, with his six assists split among five different players. Three assists led to three-pointers, while Dellavedova hit three of his own triples in his 24 minutes on court.
3. Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town)
Mooy recorded his first assist of the season as Huddersfield defeated Ipswich 1-0 to remain two points clear at the top of the Championship table. While the Socceroos midfielder was always looking for the incisive pass, it was a corner that broke the deadlock. In the 58th minute Mooy delivered from the left for Christopher Schindler to direct the ball from the near post and into the right bottom corner. The No.10 completed 81 per cent of his 53 passes, which were spread across the full width of the pitch as he continued to look for the ball and create.
2. Jackson Irvine (Burton Albion)
Irvine played a starring role as Burton won their first Championship match since August 26 with a 2-0 triumph over Cardiff City. The midfielder opened the game's scoring when he hit the back of the net in the 12th minute after a nice knockdown from teammate Jamie Ward, the ball falling perfectly for Irvine to hit it past the goalkeeper with pace and control. Burton would increase their lead on 49 minutes and hold on for only their second clean sheet of the season. Irvine ended the day with a game-high seven tackles and 40 completed passes.
1. Kurt Gidley (Warrington Wolves)
The Aussie veteran has helped take Warrington all the way to the Super League grand final, scoring a try in their 18-10 semi-final win over St Helens over the weekend. Playing off a rest after sitting out their last game of the Super 8s, Gidley scored in the 30th minute to give the Wolves the contest's first major lead. The No.1 was at second receiver and crashed through two defenders to score his try, which would be converted to send Warrington up 8-2. Although St Helens would hit the front at 10-8, the Wolves kept attacking the line and scored two tries midway through the second half to reach their first grand final since 2013.
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