Hockey: Germans serve warning

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THE GERMAN women's team, one of Britain's rivals at the Barcelona Olympics, confirmed that they are coming into form at just the right time by defeating Scotland 7-0 in the first of two weekend internationals at the Frankfurt 1880 club yesterday, writes Pat Rowley.

Recently the Germans drew with the Netherlands, the world champions, and a week ago won and drew matches with Great Britain.

The Germans also had an impressive victory in the first of two Under-21 internationals, defeating the England junior team 5-0 at the Kahlenberger Club in Mulheim.

The Australian men's team, in the same Olympics group as Britain at Barcelona, have some injury problems. Two whose injuries are severe enough to cast doubt on their prospects for the Olympics are the full-back, Ken Wark, and goalkeeper Damon Diletti. Also injured are the half-back Dean Evans, full-back John Bestall and forward Paul Lewis.