Grangemouth bowler Kimberly Dodds is gearing up for her television debut as the first female finalist in the Young Scottish Masters.

Kimberly Dodds Bowler 21/10/2014
Kimberly Dodds Bowler 21/10/2014

The 16-year-old will face fellow Scottish internationalist Jack McNab after seeing off close friend Carla Banks in the weekend’s semi-final .

That under-17 final date on November 7 in Perth will create history and make her the first female finalist.

She’ll be cheered on by members at both her bowling clubs - Zetland and Falkirk indoor - and many more on TV including her school-mates at Grangemouth High.

But she’s nervous about her screen debut. She told The Falkirk Herald: “I didn’t tell many people about it this week - though my maths teacher told me he’d run a bus up to support me.

“That might add to the pressure though! I’m feeling quite nervous about it.

“I’ll be practising constantly until then - it’s screened live on TV. The only time I’ve ever been on is caught in the crowd at the bowls in the Commonwealth Games.”

The first lady of bowls is used to creating firsts - she is also the only girl to win the district and county outdoor singles. And the sport is a family affair as Kimberly’s grandparents, parents and brother Craig are all members at Zetland too.

She added: “My family are all delighted - my mum and dad were crying when I qualified for the final.It’ll be a tough match. I know Jack from Scotland duty. He was in the team for an international I was on in Dublin earlier this year.”

Another Falkirk bowler - Martin McCalley - will contest the National Champion of Champions event the day after Kimberly.

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