Borough fights to hold top spot

February 2, 2024 BY

Long leap: Eaglehawk's Sam Storer competes in jumps as referee Josh Savages focuses on board the board during the last round of AVSL action in Flora Hill. Photo: TYLER O'KEEFE

EAGLEHAWK will fight to stay perched on top of the premier division ladder in this Saturday’s tenth round of Athletics Victoria Shield League field and track action in Flora Hill.

After another brilliant run to be number one at last weekend’s Victoria Country titles in Ballarat, Eaglehawk’s squad is focused on more AVSL success.

Victory in the ninth round put the Hawks season score on 94 and nine points clear of Diamond Valley in the title race.

The Valley is yet to use its PowerPlay in which clubs double their points tally in their designated round.

A tally of 83 points has South Bendigo leading division two and the Bloods used the PowerPlay in round nine where they were runner-up to Chilwell.

Yet to use its PowerPlay, Chilwell starts this round on 70 points while Bendigo Harriers are striving to climb from the relegation zone in division two.

The Harriers start this round on 28 points and chasing the eighth-placed Athletics South West on 35.

Saturday’s action at the Retreat Road complex starts with hammer throw at 1pm.

First of the track events will be distance hurdles at 400, 300 or 200 meters from 1.30pm.

Other disciplines to be runs over 200, 800, 3000 and 5000 meters, and 4 x 400-metre relay.

There will be non-scoring 100-metre dash, and a 1500 or 3000-metre walk.

Flights of discus, high jump and long jump will be contested.

In the duel for AVSL’s Most Valuable Athlete award, Eaglehawk’s Dave Chisholm starts this round in fourth place on 11,599 points.

South Bendigo veteran Joan Self has scored 10,961 to be in eighth place.

Other top performers across the season have been Eaglehawk clubmates Daniel Chisholm in 10th, Jorja Morrison in 20th, and Cameron Greenwood in30th.

South Bendigo’s Carol Coad is in 15th place on 10,656 points.

The consistent Neil Shaw has scored 9715 points to be best of the Bendigo Harriers in 28th place in the MVA race.