East Coast Aces
|This article is outdated. (November 2010)|
|Union||Australian Rugby Union|
|Location||Gold Coast, Australia|
|Region||Brisbane South and southern Queensland|
|Ground(s)||Carrara Stadium (Capacity: 22,000)|
|League(s)||Australian Rugby Championship|
The East Coast Aces were an Australian rugby union football club that played in the now defunct Australian Rugby Championship. The Aces were formed as one of two Queensland based clubs that participated in the inaugural season of the championship, which started in August 2007 (the other being the (Ballymore Tornadoes).
Based in Carrara Stadium, on the Gold Coast, the club represented the southside of Brisbane, as well as the south of Queensland, in the domestic Australian club competition. The team colors were black, blue and gold.
The East Coast Aces were disbanded with the end of the competition after just one season. During its debut season the club suffered significant financial losses and its average home attendance was just 1,428, the lowest in the competition.
The inaugural Australian Rugby Championship, starting in August 2007 included 8 teams, of which 2 will be based in Queensland. The name, logo and team colors were unveiled on 14, February 2007, by the Queensland Rugby Union (QRU). Steering Committee Chairman for the Aces said the team had selected a name that would embrace the various stakeholders at club level. He added that "Our team will draw on players and supporters from Cairns to Coolangatta – and possibly even rugby fans in northern NSW - in what is an exciting development for the code in Queensland,". Details regarding the teams jerseys and coaches are yet to be revealed.
On 23 February John Boe was announced as the coach of the Aces, a former All Black and World Cup coach (leading Samoa at the 2003 tournament as well as in the past being assistant coach at both the Chiefs and the Highlanders. Boe is also head coach at the Breakers - one of the Ace's feeder teams. The selection process of Queensland's (Aces and Tornadoes) two coaches were overseen by Reds head coach Phil Mooney.
The East Coast Aces played their home games at Carrara Stadium. The Queensland Reds played two pre-season matches at the venue during 2007. At one point it was rumored that both of Queenslands teams in the competition would play out of Ballymore Stadium. However, in November 2006 it was confirmed that the location of the teams stadium would be on the Gold Coast.
The team drew on players aligned with clubs from the south side of the Brisbane River that competed in the Queensland Premier Rugby competition (which ran prior to the start of the ARC season). These clubs included; Easts Tigers, Souths, Sunnybank and the Gold Coast Breakers. The team also drew on players from the Queensland Country Heelers - the state's Australian Rugby Shield team.
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