SOUTH Bendigo's bid to climb the division one ladder takes on extra significance when it uses the PowerPlay for Saturday's ninth round of Athletics Victoria Shield League track and field action.
It's an historic night for Flack Advisory Bendigo Region as all four clubs contest AV Shield under the new lights at the Latrobe University Bendigo athletics complex in Retreat Road, Flora Hill for the first time.
Under the PowerPlay, clubs double their points tally for the round.
After eight rounds of AVSL, South Bendigo is in eighth place and in the promotion/relegation play-off zone.
The Bloods are on 42 points, but keeping the heat on Box Hill, 44; and Chilwell, 42.
Sandringham, 29, and Keilor St Bernards, 23, are in the automatic relegation zone.
Some of South Bendigo's best this season have been James Woods, Emma Berg, Jake Hilson, Logan and Zackery Tickell, Stephanie Pompei, Keely Trew, Abbey and Logan Hromenko, Oliver Muggleton, Arshdeep Singh, Isabel Nihill, and Nicholas Alexander.
The Bloods have veterans such as Chris Timewell, Greg Hilson, Aaron and Jayne Norton, Carol Coad, Jackie Guillou, Debby Kirne, Jennifer Payne, Leigh Browell, Joan Self, Trudy Haines and Annette Curtis capable of racking up points.
In division two, Eaglehawk will be aiming to soar from the fourth rung.
The Hawks have scored 66 points and will be striving to catch Nunawading, 75; Mornington, 69; and Doncaster, 69. Bendigo Harriers are eighth on 26 points and in the promotion/relegation play-off zone.
Bendigo University used its PowerPlay in round eight and is seventh in division four on 41 points.
The Uni line-up will be doing all it can to pass Old Scotch, 47; and Coburg, 46.
Saturday's meet for Bendigo Region kicks off at 6pm.
First of the track events will be sprint hurdles at 110m, 100m, 90m or 80m for various age groups.
Flight one in shot put, javelin, long jump and pole vault starts at 6pm.
Other events on the program are 1500m or 3000m walk, 100m, 1500m run, 3000m or 5000m run, and 400m run.
A non-scoring 2 x 2 x 400m relay will also be run.
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