THERE will be more on the line than just two points when the Berry-Shoalhaven Heads Magpies host the Nowra-Bomaderry Jets on Sunday at the Berry Showground.
While the bragging rights over their local rivals will also be nice, both teams are more concerned with doing their bit to raise the awareness of mental health problems on the South Coast.
"Ideas were thrown around at a number of committee meetings earlier in the year, on ways the football club can give back to the community," Magpies first grade five-eighth Josh Ingold said.
"With mental illnesses being so prevalent in today's society, we thought we would try and get the footy players to start the conversations that so many people feel uncomfortable talking about.
"The club is just trying to break the stigma associated with mental health - no one should be worried to ask for help. "
The massive day at the Berry Showground, which will be supporting Headspace, will include such things as all competing teams wear green socks and a marquee being set up with mentors to have a chat with.
"In my eyes, if an individual on the day gets an idea on how to approach someone to ask if they are okay or if someone asks for help, the day is a success," Ingold said.
All spectators on the day are encouraged to wear green, as that's the Headpsace colour - with all gate takings on the day going to the organisation.
In the lead-up to the round seven clash, Headspace will be attending both club's training sessions to hold a seminar about the importance of having strong mental health.
"We teamed up with Headspace Nowra as they are our local mental health awareness hub," Ingold said.
"They have provided great support and ideas that will help organise the day.
"They have sent mentors and counsellors to both the Magpies and Jets training sessions this week to have a chat about mental health and their role in the our community.
"The response by everyone has been great - it's gained a lot of traction from Country Rugby League, Group Seven and the Men of League Foundation.
"As such, if this year's event is a success, we will aim to build on it for years to come and make it an annual game on the calendar."
The action at Berry will start at 11.30am when the Magpies host Stingrays in the women's league tag division two competitions.
This will be followed by WLT division one (Magpies and Jets) at 12.30pm, under 18s (Magpies and Sussex Inlet) at 1.30pm and first grade at 3pm.
The other first grade fixture on Sunday will see the Milton-Ulladulla Bulldogs host Stingrays of Shellharbour at Bill Andriske Oval - with the other three matches (Jamberoo and Warilla-Lake South, Kiama and Shellharbour and Gerringong and Albion Park-Oak Flats) all on Saturday.