NBL Players of the Week - Week 5 (26/27 October 2019)

NBL Division Three

Rob Donaldson - Calderdale Explorers

The Division Three Player of the Week is Rob Donaldson from Calderdale Explorers.

He helped his side towards victory against Myerscough with 38 points.

Chairman Glenn Hardaker said: “Rob definitely came to the fore in Saturday's game.

“He made sure we got over the winning line when it mattered after Myerscough came back at us in the fourth quarter.”


WNBL Division Two

Maia Bratka - Worcester Wolves

The WNBL Division Two Player of the Week is Maia Bratka from Worcester Wolves.

Bratka scored 30 points and 16 rebounds with an efficiency of +40, guiding her side to a 76-61 against Sheffield Hatters.

“This was a great game by Maia,” said Head Coach Ryan Emery.

“She was incredibly efficient on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor, she was able to play to her strengths and maximize the opportunities that her teammates gave to her.”


NBL Division Two

Jordan Santiago - Derbyshire Spartans

This week’s Division Two Player of the Week is Jordan Santiago from Derbyshire Spartans.

Santiago scored 25 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and two steals to lead his side to a 98-85 victory over Bristol Academy Flyers.

“Big win for us over the weekend,” Santiago said.

“I was impressed with our shot selection and ability to score from all positions. When everyone buys in to our team defence, that’s when we are at our best offensively.

“Individual accolades are always something to be proud of, but the main takeaway from this weekend was how everyone showed up to play and contribute to the win.”

Derbyshire Spartans Head Coach Mark Woodhouse added: “Jordan has been out of the game for a while prior to this season, he’s just been looking for an opportunity.

“I’m glad the Spartans were able to give him his shot this year. He’s getting better every game and I’m sure there’s a lot more to come from him. Really looking forward to how the season unfolds for him and the team.”


WNBL Division One 

Madeline Homoly - Anglia Ruskin University

Madeline Homoly from Anglia Ruskin University has been awarded this week’s WNBL Division One Player of the Week after her impressive performance against Nottingham Trent University.

Homoly scored 38 points, 12 rebounds as well as three steals and two blocks for a 92-77 victory.

“It was a fun game,” she said.

“My team attacked the paint hard which opened up a lot of short jumpers for me. I also got to compete against my childhood teammate from the states, Arielle Jackson, who played a great game as well!”


NBL Division One

Abdoulaye Sylla - Thames Valley Cavaliers

Abdoulaye Sylla from Thames Valley Cavaliers is this week’s NBL Division One Player of the Week.

The forward had a stand-out performance with 22 points, 18 rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks

“It’s been a pleasure to be named player of the week,” said Sylla.

“I thank the coaching staff for putting me in the situation that I’m the most comfortable in and my teammates for making the game easier as it is a collective effort from the entire team. 

“It is important that we stay focused and continue to improve together as a team because the season is long, and it is only the beginning.”