Geraldton Buccaneers’ Marcus Alipate pays tribute to Christchurch

Staff reporterGeraldton Guardian
Buccs’ Marcus Alipate, right, is from the US and has a Tongan father. Pictured alongside Goldfields Giants’ Daniel Forlano in a 2018 game.
Camera IconBuccs’ Marcus Alipate, right, is from the US and has a Tongan father. Pictured alongside Goldfields Giants’ Daniel Forlano in a 2018 game. Credit: Arctic Moon Photography

Marcus Alipate was a star of the court at Activewest Stadium on Saturday night — even before the opening game of the State Basketball League season started.

Alipate delivered a moving address to the crowd — using some Tongan and Maori words — in the aftermath of the Christchurch tragedy.

“Ofa Atu Aotearoa,” Alipate said, meaning “I love you, New Zealand.”

Alipate, from the US, has a Tongan father.

“We are part of one human race,” Alipate said.

There was thunderous applause before one minute of silence.

Alipate, in his second season with the Buccs, was a star in their big win over the Rockingham Flames.

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