McCalley is champion of champions and Dodds makes history

Kimberly Dodds
Kimberly Dodds

Falkirk indoor bowling club in Camelon is home to the Scottish Champion of Champions 2014 - Martin McCalley.

The 19-year-old prison worker defeated Elgin’s Andrew Barker on Saturday at the Masters Final weekend in Perth.

The victory was captured live on television and can be re-lived online through video site YouTube.

McCalley lost the first set but drew the second set perfectly to set-up the tie-break and won out.

Speaking at the event to Dougie Vipond, Martin McCalley: “I had to battle to win that, definitely in the first set. I thought I was winning comfortably but he put some pressure on me towards the end of the set.

“It’s definitely up there - I wasn’t expecting much coming in to the final and it was the first time playing on the portable rink, but I’m delighted.”

The day before Martin’s success, on Friday, Kimberley Dodds from Grangemouth was creating history as the first female finalist in the singles Masters final.

However it was only one historic first for Dodds as Jack McNab recovered from a set down to take the title.

Dodds, though was very modest when summing up her final: I’m really happy to be here - I never expected when I played that first round match in Falkirk to be in the final playing Jack. I’m really excited to be the first girl to ever be playing in the final, as always there’s got to be a winner and a runner-up so congratulations Jack.”

And the champion knew he didn’t have it all his own way as he admitted the 16-year-old Grangemouth High pupil had him worried early on.

Jack McNab said: “After the first set I thought I was beat because I lost by loads but Kimberley was drawing them perfect but I knew I had to change something and I did.”