MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 16: Ed Phillips of the Saints is tackled by James Worpel of the Hawks during the AFLX match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the St Kilda Saints at Etihad Stadium on February 16, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Hawthorn and St Kilda are set to host a fundraiser practice match for the Victorian Bushfire Appeal in Morwell.

The clash is set to come eight days after the two sides play off in the Marsh Community Series on February 20, with the “Emergency Services” themed scratch match to take place on Friday, February 28.

While entry to the game will be free, both clubs encourage fans to donate where possible.

The match held in Victoria’s heavily affected east will be held on the same day as the league’s State of Origin match involving Victoria and the All Stars at Marvel Stadium.

Hawthorn President Jeff Kennett announced the practice match within his letter sent to club members.

“The match will be an opportunity to thank local firefighters, emergency services workers and volunteers, while Beyond Blue and Headspace will be on the ground to provide mental health advice and techniques for those who have been impacted,” Kennett said.

“We encourage footy fans from around the country to make a day of it and support the Gippsland community by visiting cafes and retailers before heading to the match.

“In round three on Saturday 4 April, we will be staging our second annual Emergency Services Match, presented by BankVic, when we take on Collingwood at the MCG.

“This was a great success last year and both clubs will build on that success this year. More details will follow in the weeks to come but please, pencil in the date. It will be a great game for a great cause.”