Over the past 20 years, 61,000 Australian lives have been saved due to cancer research.
In football terms it would be the equivalent of clearing the ball away from the box before a shot is taken.
It's why this year's 90 Minutes for Cancer Charity Shield will be raising funds on behalf of the Judith Hyam Memorial Trust Fund to donate to the Children's Medical Research Institute (CMRI) to support cancer research.
The first two installments of the annual event raised $52,000 for the Cancer Council. The third match between the Horsley Park Rams and Kemps Creek Tigers is on Sunday, November 24 at Club Marconi. The Rams won the first clash between the former school friends 4-0. The Tigers clawed back last year to win 5-1.
The founding members of 90MFC - Frankie Schrippa, Michael Oliverio, Luke Maruncic, Anthony Trimboli, Luke Agastino and Chris Ripepi - recently toured the labs at CMRI and met the scientists to learn about the work including the ProCan project which is transforming the way in which cancer is diagnosed and treated by analysing protein levels.
Maruncic, 23, of Abbotsbury said the group's goal remains the same - and it has nothing to do with finding the back of the net.
"We want a cancer-free future for everyone," the Kemps Creek captain said.
"Everybody knows somebody who has been affected by cancer at some point and it is an honour to organise this game every year to raise money for cancer research. It means something for all the players."
Maruncic, whose grandfather passed away from lung cancer, said it will be a very "emotional" day for many of the players with several recent cancer-related deaths.
Ripepi said: "Because one of the boy's mums was diagnosed with cancer, it became very personal for us and solidified our decision for the money to go to cancer research.''
This year's charity fundraiser - born out of some friendly banter at a party - will start at 9am and feature Mini Minutes for Cancer (a round-robin format featuring youth teams), the Community Cup (a game featuring members of the local community) and the 90 Minutes for Cancer Charity Shield.
There will also be live music, children activities, a Western Sydney Wanderers inflatable and CMRI kids research stations.
So far the group of former Freeman Catholic College students have raised just under $20,000 with their goal being set at $35,000.
The teams, primarily consisting of boys aged 21 to 23 from the south-west area, are asking the community to #beapart of something special and #givecancerthekickitdeserves.
90 minutes for Cancer
- Sunday, November 24, 9am to 4pm. Main game kick-off: 1.30pm (approximately)
- Club Marconi (back fields).
- Admission is $10 or $25 for a family of 4. Children under 10 are free.
- Details: facebook.com/90minutesforcancer/