Father Time meets the future
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