Jake Lennon plays right tune for Murwillumbah Mustangs
WHEN Jake Lennon played in the Grafton Ghosts' heartbreaking 17-10 preliminary final loss to Murwillumbah Mustangs last year, little did he know that he would end up calling his conquerors teammates within six months.
But that is exactly what happened for the 21-year-old, after a move north meant he had to leave the successful blue-and-white club.
Lennon is now based at Coolangatta on Queensland's Gold Coast, and plays for the Mustangs in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League.
He said there wasn't too much difference between the Ghosts and Mustangs, whose clashes were usually some of the best in the NRRRL for the last few years.
"They're both well run clubs, the guys from both clubs are great," Lennon said.
"It's pretty much the same kind of thing."
Lennon was one of several stars for the Mustangs in their 82-12 win over Lower Clarence Magpies.
The five-eighth-turned-centre scored three tries and kicked 13 goals from 14 attempts to finish with 38 points, while fullback Dylan Smith ran in at least four tries.
"It was great until the last kick," Lennon said.
"I haven't kicked that much for the last few weeks but (captain-coach) Damien Quinn said to have a go.
"I think I've got it for the next few weeks now.
"They were short on centres and had an extra half so one of us had to push out to the centres. They were smaller blokes so it was easier for me to move out."
Lennon moved to Coolangatta for a change of lifestyle, work, and to support his girlfriend who is studying at university on the Gold Coast.
It was also an opportunity to live near brother and former Grafton Ghost Sam Lennon, who now plays with Burleigh Bears.
Sam had nailed down the hooking role and captaincy of the Bears' Colts side last year, but has been sidelined for this season following a hip operation.
Murwillumbah's success could deliver at least one premiership to the Lennon household, with all three grades currently atop their respective ladders.
"There's heaps of depth at the club," Lennon said. "There's a bunch of really good under-18s players coming through and pressuring for first grade.
"We all still have heaps to improve on.
"Last time we played Ballina we just got away from them but it should be a little easier this time as we're playing at home."