For Western Plains Junior Rugby Union (WPJRU) president Bec Yeomans, her competition is about much more than what happens on the field.
With players and families hailing from so many regions severely affected by drought, it's about unity and being there for each other.
That's why the excitement is building ahead of this weekend.
Nothing will showcase the benefit of the NSW Country Eagles' trip to Dubbo better than the group of 70 players and officials coming from Cobar, Coonamble, Trangie, Bourke, and everywhere in between being there to take in the National Rugby Championship clash with the Sydney Rays.
The Western Plains juniors will arrive on Friday and play matches against Dubbo Junior Rugby Club sides as part of a bumper gala night.
Then they will be in attendance at Apex Oval on Saturday when the Eagles and Rays do battle in the round one clash.
"Everyone is really, really excited," WPJRU president Yeomans said.
"It's a great opportunity for all of us to come together from every corner of the zone.
"That's a big part of how Western Plains rugby runs, as well, it's about people and communities."
Yeomans knows it's not going to get easier too.
The pain of the drought is ongoing and making life tougher for those on the land from week to week, but the positive impact an event like this weekend can have will continue long after the final whistle sounds on Saturday.
Rugby brings us together but it's not the only thing we do as a group.WPJRU president Bec Yeomans
"The drought situation more about coming together and checking on each other," Yeomans said.
"It will be big for next season, too. After this, which is the second last week of our season, everyone can take that message back to their clubs and their towns and it can only help.
"Rugby brings us together but it's not the only thing we do as a group. We're unique that way and it's special.
"We're teaching our kids to give back and it's not all about the colours of the jerseys, the scores, or who can run the fastest."
The impact this weekend can have is not lost on Eagles coach Rob Taylor, either.
"It's something I've stressed to the players. It's a privilege to play for the Eagles," he said.
"We're taking a game to the country fan base and it's important the players get their heads around that.
"We might not click until we put on the jerseys but we've certainly spoken about how important this is."
This weekend marks just the second time this season members of all Western Plains junior clubs have come together, with the prior occasion being early in the season when they attended a Waratahs Super Rugby match.
Clubs will be together again a week after the trip to Dubbo, with a bumper gala day to get more people involved being held in conjunction with the 2019 grand finals.