Before the start of the County League, teams are invited to participate in pre-season tournaments. The tournaments are set at central venues and teams play shorter games throughout the duration of the day.
It's a great opportunity for some competitive netball prior to the start of the season.
In 1960, the tradition of the Bateman Shield and the Per Ardua competition was formed. The opportunity to participate is open to any club entering the County League and clubs still relish the opportunity to play in the tournaments to this day.