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Ex-national women's hockey player passes away at Labuan Hospital
Published on: Thursday, June 04, 2020
By: GL Oh
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The final meeting Angeline (centre) had with Sarjini and Linda in Kuala Lumpur early this year.
Kota Kinabalu: Former national women’s hockey player Angeline Reutens has passed away at Labuan hospital around noon on Wednesday after suffering from kidney illness for the past few years.

The 62-year-old started her playing career with the Labuan women’s team when she was only 16 years old before being recruited into the Sabah state team two years later.

Her prowess as a forward had caught the eyes of the national selectors and was one of the early Sabahans called up to represent the national team together with Datuk Josi Bosie during the seventies.

The Labuan-born player who captained the State team and played well into the eighties was known to be extremely helpful in guiding her much junior teammates by sharing her knowledge and experience in the sport, according to her former teammate Hjh Halimah Z Kassim.

“Angeline was a kind soul and a terrific teammate with great character, admired and liked by many of her peers.

“She had enormous influence on Sabah women’s hockey. Thank you Angeline Reutens for the beautiful rainbow!” she said when contacted from Brunei.

Another ex-teammate and her close friend Jaiton Mumin from Tawau was also saddened by the news and regretted not to have visited her earlier.

“I felt very sad I was unable to meet her before her passing. We were very close during our playing days and we managed to keep in touch especially in recent years.

“We communicated through Whatsapp chats regularly and the last message I received from her was back in April when she was still in better health.”

Jaiton also revealed that two of her former State teammates Sarjini Nair and Datin Linda Cheang managed to meet her earlier this year in Kuala Lumpur where they paid her a surprise visit.

Angeline leaves behind her husband Captain Yeng Kam Foon and two sons. 


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