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Hellish Fast Break

Sept. 14, 1988
Sept. 14, 1988

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Sept. 14, 1988

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Hellish Fast Break

THOUGH AUSTRALIA IS RANKED HIGHER, THE TEAM THE Dutch women are
worried about is South Korea, which has honed a fast-breaking attack
with a regimen the press has dubbed ''training in hell.'' On the
other hand, some Dutch players feel that the U.S., which has an
outside shot at a medal, could use some humility. ''The Americans
think too positively,'' says Carina Benninga. ''They're strong, and
they have enough technique, but tactically they're not that good.''
On the men's side, the team to watch is Australia, which has won
the Champions Trophy -- the Wimbledon of field hockey -- three times
and the most recent World Cup in 1986 but so far has missed out on
Olympic gold. Not to be outdone by the women's team, the Dutch men
are also a powerhouse: last year they beat a strong British team to
win their second straight European championship. At that tournament
West Germany, the Olympic silver medalist in '84, had to settle for
bronze after three of its starters were suspended for roughing up an
umpire. If the West Germans stay out of trouble in Seoul, they could
win it. -- F.L.

This is an article from the Sept. 14, 1988 issue