Competition went beyond the sporting field on Saturday towards something a little more lifesaving.
With Ovens and Murray matches called off owing to Victoria's lockdown, about 10 North Albury footballers, netballers and committee members headed to Lifeblood's Albury donor centre instead.
Lifeblood spokeswoman Cathy Chapman said the Hoppers responded to her call for clubs to become involved.
"I went to training and they filled the appointments," she said.
"I think it's great; if they couldn't compete on the field, they can compete off the field.
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More than 40 clubs across Australia have joined the Football and Netball Blood Challenge, which began on July 1 and runs until September 30.
The North Albury contingent on Saturday pushed their club into ninth place on the overall table.
North Albury president Tony Burns said blood donation was a fantastic initiative for club members to join.
"They just put their hands up straight away, so as a club we're proud of them," he said.
The combined campaign encouraged footballer Isaac Keighran to come along to donate for the first time.
"It's a good thing to do," he said. "It's just something I can do to help out others."
Ms Chapman pointed out blood donation was an essential service and a reason to leave home during lockdown.
"The need for blood never takes a break and we're always looking for new donors to help the one in three Australians who are likely to receive blood at some point in their lifetime," she said.
To book a donation call 13 14 95, visit lifeblood.com.au or download the free Donate Blood App.
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