Fa­ther Time meets the fu­ture

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LOOKS can be de­ceiv­ing.

Yes, there are 96 years sep­a­rat­ing their ages but Jim Sta­ple­ton and Ja­cob Brighton are team­mates.

On Satur­day the two played in the same team for the first time — tak­ing to the greens for City of Echuca’s divi­sion five side.

And just to keep the gen­er­a­tional con­nec­tion go­ing Ja­cob’s fa­ther Matthew was there along­side them.

It’s hard to find a ref­er­ence but it is highly likely Jim and Ja­cob have set a world record for the largest age gap on a bowls team.

Although Jim has lived through both world wars, the Great De­pres­sion, and gone from horse and cart to see man walk on the moon, Echuca pres­i­dent Pat Schram said he was still able to learn a thing or two about the new cen­tury from his far younger Echuca Pri­mary School team­mate.

‘‘I think it’d be close to a Guin­ness World Record,’’ Schram said of the age gap.

‘‘I also think Ja­cob has cer­tainly learnt quite a lot, for a young boy he has a de­light­ful man­ner, he’s just soak­ing up and learn­ing about the sport.

‘‘He’s de­light­ful to watch, he’s very se­ri­ous about it, al­ways con­cen­trates and is right into it,’’ she said.

The nine-year-old and 105-year-old did their ut­most to keep their team above water against hosts Rich River — but it wasn’t to be.

Rich River came out on top with a close run 54-45 win, tak­ing both rinks and claim­ing 14 points.

Ja­cob and Jim’s Echuca team sit bot­tom of divi­sion five with two wins from their seven pennant matches this sea­son. Fraser Walker-Pearce

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