In front of a packed house at Brisbane Aquatic Centre the Ord Minnett Aussie Stingers played a ‘green versus gold’ match, as the squad of 25 were pushing for selection in the World Championship team.

With today marking 200 days to go until the Paris Olympic Games, the Aussie Stingers were looking to impress selectors.

Australia Green took the first win, 11-8, with Tokyo Olympian and NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship athlete Bronte Halligan relishing the opportunity to play once again on home soil.

“I love playing in front of a home crowd. It’s so special to see all the young ones watching us. I remember watching the Aussie Stingers when I was young and looking up to those girls. So to be an inspiration to the girls and boys here in Brisbane is really fun and showcase what international water polo looks like and what they can do in a few years time.

“I haven’t been on home ground for a while or played against the girls for ages as I haven’t been playing in the National League [AWL] as I’ve been playing overseas.

“It was really fun to have a good hit out and see what they’ve been working on at home. I’m really proud of all the strides and efforts everyone is taking,” she said.

The Ord Minnett Aussie Sharks and Aussie Stingers will return to Brisbane Aquatic Centre on Wednesday 10 January for the second tests, which will be a show piece of the Australian Youth Water Polo Championships.

The Ord Minnett Test Match Series will be shown live on Fox Sports and Kayo from 7pm AEST.

Article and image courtesy of Water Polo Australia

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