Liz was a wonderful example of all that is good about tennis - her commitment, interest, effort, enthusiasm, competitiveness, ability, fairness and all the while she got great enjoyment from the game. This was her trademark, whether in a friendly or the final of a major tournament. Maybe not Ireland’s No. 1, but her speed around the court was legendary.
She played representative tennis for Leinster for many years and as far back as 2002 was selected on the Irish Veteran Ladies Team. Subsequently, she played for Ireland for many years and indeed all over the world - places as diverse as Turkey [many times], Croatia, New Zealand, the USA, Australia and of course the 4 Nations on many occasions. Indeed we think that one of her proudest moments was with the redoubtable Nora Glynn as partner – when they won all their matches against England, Scotland and Wales.
She is a selectors delight, whether chosen or not, no quibble. When first selected, she said ‘This is a great honour and although I really cannot afford it I will find a way to raise the money’. What an example of dedication to and love of tennis.
Our sincere condolences to her husband, Jack and all the family. May she rest in peace.