Sydney’s gay water polo club, the Sydney Stingers, will take on sister club Melbourne Surge in a grudge match this Saturday as part of the Mardi Gras festival.

The match starts at 1pm at Sydney University Sports and Aquatic Centre, and both teams want the community to come along and show their support.

Tension leading up to the grudge match between the two teams has been heightened by a number of conclusive wins by Melbourne Surge in recent years, but Stingers Black team captain Rodd Messent hopes that his team will be able to turn things around.

“When we played them in Melbourne in January we were beaten quite convincingly, but with the home side advantage I am confident we will play well and return the favour,” he said.

Following the grudge match the teams’ annual friendly ‘scratch match’ will be played with a mix of players from Melbourne and Sydney, and international players visiting for Mardi Gras.

The Sydney Stingers has two teams competing in the NSW Metropolitan water polo league, and seek to recruit anyone wanting to play in a fun and inclusive environment.

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