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Decorated bowler Danny O'Connor dies

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 27/04/2017

The bowls community in New Zealand is mourning the death of Danny O'Connor, one of its most successful domestic performers.

O'Connor is one of just three players to have won 10 titles at the national open championships, achieving the feat over a 40-year span.

The popular Aucklander joined Nick Unkovich and Gary Lawson when he won the fours at the 2015 tournament. His first title in 1975 was in a foursome which included Unkovich.

Bowls NZ chief executive Kerry Clark says O'Connor will be sorely missed by family and the many friends he made on the greens.

"Danny is one of the very top echelon to have played our game," Clark said.

"Being such a great player I'm sure a future Hall of Fame place awaits him. Not only that he was just a really nice guy."

O'Connor won a Commonwealth Games fours silver medal in 1982 but national selection largely eluded him.

He said in an interview a decade ago that he didn't help his cause with his outspoken views directed at administrators.

"It's been my own fault but the Irish comes out in me," he said.

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