SCORCHING temperatures have led Flack Advisory Bendigo Region Athletics to switch Saturday's start to Shield League action to a twilight meet.
Athletes will now compete under lights at the Latrobe University Bendigo Athletics Complex in Retreat Road, Flora Hill from 6.30pm.
Sessions will start at 6.30pm, 7.40pm and 8.50pm.
Under COVID-19 protocols, competitor numbers for each session are capped at 50.
Events will be 60m, 600m, long jump and discus.
The third session is a non-scoring round for AV Shield.
Disciplines to be contested in the night's finale are 1500m, hammer throw, and 200m.
Fifth in last season's title race, South Bendigo will again be in premier division.
The Bloods will be up against the likes of reigning champion, Essendon, as well as the powerful Geelong Guild, Nunawading, and Western Athletics.
Number one at last season's Victoria Country track and field championships, Eaglehawk will be just as desperate to soar into the top flight.
The Hawks narrowly missed promotion from division two.
Opponents for the Borough in the 2020-21 Shield campaign include Collingwood, Ringwood, Ballarat Harriers and Eureka.
Ballarat Harriers is in division three this season.
The Harriers will do battle with the likes of Ballarat YCW, Knox, and Melbourne University.
Bendigo University's rivals in division four include Coburg, Dandenong-Springvale, and Old Scotch.
AVSL is run at four metro and three country venues.
Events not in in the early rounds of AVSL because of demands on cleaning and movement of equipment are pole vault, high jump, hammer throw, hurdles, steeplechase, and javelin.
These events have been scheduled into other meets until advised by government.
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