Albion Park's Casey Eastham believes the Hockeyroos have shown they are on the rise following a 3-0 victory over Argentina in the International Super Series final in Perth.
They found another gear in the final of the nine-a-side tournament on Sunday after drawing 3-3 with the Argentinians in the last pool match the previous day.
"It was probably the best first half we've played in a long time," said Eastham, who contributed one of the goals.
"We were able to capitalise on opportunities early and really put them under the pump and that set us up for a good second half.
"We had a tough game against the Argies the day before so that was a good practice match leading into the final."
The victory atoned for a 2-1 Test series loss to the World Cup holders leading into the tournament, with the Argentinians' 3-1 victory in the series decider serving as a wake-up call ahead of December's World League finals in Argentina.
"For us the last [deciding] game was a final and we need to win those kind of games," Eastham said.
"It was a real test for us and unfortunately we didn't come away with the win.
"We did some really good things but we just let them run a bit too freely with the ball, in the first half particularly.
"Argentina are a team that when they're pressured they really struggle but when they're given space to move you see them at their best and we just gave them too much space in the last game.
"We've got a lot to work on but I think we took that into the Super Series as well and came out and played some really good hockey.
"We do want to play a lot of the top nations going into this [World League] because the more games that we can play and the better results we can get, the more confidence we'll have when it does come to the crunch in these kind of tournaments."
The Kookaburras made it a double for Australia in the Super Series by beating Argentina 9-4 in the men's final.
Albion Park's London Olympian Kieran Govers was sidelined as he recovers from a hamstring tear, however he was yesterday given the all-clear to return to the field.
The Hockeyroos are now primed for a showdown with recent bogey side New Zealand at the Oceania Cup starting on October 30.
"New Zealand have got the upper hand on us at the moment," Eastham said.
"They just seem to find that bit extra when they play against Australia, like in any other sport.
"In terms of the last three or four qualifiers for World Cup or Olympic Games they've come out winning, so we've got a lot to prove and we're definitely going out to win this year. I think we're mentally the best prepared we've ever been going into this sort of tournament."