Aces and Tornadoes set for APC
February 13, 2007

Queensland's two teams in this year's Australian Rugby Championship now have official names - the Ballymore Tornadoes and the East Coast Aces.

The names and their logos were developed and refined in consultation with the representative groups behind the teams, drawn from Premier clubs and Queensland Country rugby.

As their name suggests, the Tornadoes will play their home games at Ballymore, drawing on players aligned with clubs from the north side of the Brisbane River.

The East Coast Aces, who are aligned with clubs on the Southside and with the Queensland Country Heelers, will play their home games on the Gold Coast.

Ballymore Tornadoes Steering Committee Chairman Russell Sheil said the team name was designed to represent the team's ambitions and location.

"The prefix Ballymore was attached to indicate not only the geographical aspect of north of the river and northern region, but also to enliven the tribal aspect by capturing all the devotees of Ballymore in making the Tornadoes their team," he said.

"And when we take the field as the Tornadoes we expect to be forceful, destructive, and to leave damage in our wake," he said.

East Coast Aces Steering Committee Chairman Peter Murdoch said the team had chosen a name that would embrace the various stakeholders at club level.

"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," he said.

"Aces are winners and that's our goal from the start of the championship."

The jersey design has yet to be finalised but the Tornadoes team colours will be maroon, blue and silver. The Aces will play in a gold, light blue and black strip.

A Head Coach for each team is expected to be announced by next month, following a thorough selection process.

The Australian Rugby Championship is a new, eight team professional rugby competition that will kick off in August this year, featuring non-Wallaby players from the four Australian Super 14 franchises and the best club-level players in the country.

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