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Dedicated Midlands hockey player scores after eight years

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Rod Gilmour
Rod Gilmour
The Hockey Paper's Editor. First covered international hockey at the 2010 Commonwealth Games - no better than a full house watching India play England - and has reported for the Daily Telegraph and other major newspapers ever since. Co-founded THP in 2016.

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A slipped disc eight years ago, no goals since and a less than satisfactory league restructure nearly sparked the end of a 10-year hockey career for one Old Halesonians player.

But thanks to his west Midlands team-mates encouraging him back to the game, a wonderful moment was captured as Neil Painter, a management consultant, netted four goals in one game to become the talk of the OH clubhouse.

“I suppose part of the story is that if you want something to change, you have to do something about it,” Neil told The Hockey Paper.

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