Statement on behalf of Bridgit Martin, Tai Martin-Page’s mother:
“On behalf of Tai, his brothers Jay and Shae, and our wider family I’d like to express our immense gratitude at the outpouring of love, support and care everyone has given us. From Darwin to our hometowns of Wirrabara, Laura and beyond, we have been truly touched by the way the community has embraced us.
What has happened while Tai was doing what he loves - playing footy, is a mother’s nightmare but the hurt has been made far easier thanks to the Darwin Buffaloes Football Club, NT Thunder, AFL NT, the dedicated hospital staff plus Tai’s many friends and junior footy club.
Following surgery in Perth last night I am pleased to report that he is in good spirits, joking with his brother and showing the usual signs of hunger I am used to.
We will now await the doctor’s instruction before making any plans for the future.
Again, thank you for all your thoughts and wishes.”
Statement from Darwin Buffaloes Football Club
The Darwin Buffaloes Football Club is deeply saddened following the on-field incident impacting player, Tai Martin-Page in the opening minutes of our Men’s Premier League game against the Wanderers on Saturday evening.
In the short while that Tai has been part of the Buffs he has had an immediate impact, as a player, volunteer, junior coach and all-round committed member of our footy family.
President, John Paterson said the Club was doing all they could to support Tai’s family during this difficult time.
“I spoke to Tai’s mum yesterday and assured her they have the love and support of the entire Darwin Buffaloes Football Club and she was very grateful for all they have received so far.
“With thanks to AFLNT we have been able to ensure Tai’s mum and two brothers are by his side while he recovers from surgery in Perth. We look forward to one day soon having them all again at the Club,” Paterson said.
Men’s Premier League Head Coach Matt Campbell said he had heard that Tai was receiving all the messages and was sure he was his usual positive-self.
“I have been in contact with Tai through his family and have been assured that he is very grateful for all the messages, calls and well wishes he has been getting.
“We are all hurting after what happened on Saturday but if we can take a bit of Tai with us then I will be hoping it is his overwhelming positivity and his eagerness to always have a go. I have no doubt that will never change about him and he will meet any challenges to come head on and smash them,” Campbell said.
Buffaloes co-captain Cameron Stokes said Tai was a brother to the players and his absence would be deeply felt.
“Tai has been a big part of the positive culture shift that we have seen at the Club this season and it is guys and girls like him that we want at the Buffs.
“We send him all our love and best wishes and can’t wait till we see our brother again,” Stokes said.
Darwin Buffaloes FC request that Tai and his family’s privacy be respected at this time.