Last weekend saw the Sydney Stingers trekking south to the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre as part of the inaugural National Water Polo League 'Pride Cup'. 

Headlining alongside the KFC Queensland Breakers and Victorian Seals mens and womens team clashes, the latest Grudge Match between the Stingers and our sister team, the Melbourne Surge, proved the Pride Cup does not disappoint with an outstanding display of water polo action.

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The Pride Cup is a joint initiative of the Victorian Seals and Melbourne Surge Water Polo teams to drive home the importance of diversity in the Water Polo and broader sporting communities at all levels of play; from grassroots through to elite teams. 

Celebrating inclusion in water polo, the Pride Cup is now an annual part of the National Water Polo League calendar coinciding with Midsumma Festival in Melbourne. 

The pressure was on our Stingers A team to hold their own in front of the huge local crowd. The fabulous Dolly Diamond began the match with our national anthem and an incredible fireworks and flame-thrower display! Gameplay was fast and fierce between the rival teams, with no-stop 5 minute quarters. The Surge fought hard but, in the end, were no match for the Stingers; who brought the Pride Cup back to Sydney with an outstanding 8-2 win. Re-watch the telecast now thanks to the C31 Sport team.

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The games continued the next morning at Melbourne Boys Grammer pool in South Yarra. This time the Stingers' B team took on Surge Black, but were narrowly defeated by the home team with a 4-5 loss. A friendly mixed scrimmage followed with Stingers taking home victory.

The Sydney Stingers would like to sincerely thank the Melbourne Surge and Victorian Seals for the huge organisational effort put into the Pride Cup weekend; including all the sponsors, partners and affiliates - Beyond Blue, the Victorian Aids Council, and the Midsumma Festival.

If you'd like to get involved in an LGBTIQ-inclusive water polo team in your city, please get in touch with the Stingers, Melbourne Surge or the Brisbane Tritons.

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