Coach Frank Murray says the Hockeyroos will turn their attention to the World Cup after being relegated from the Champions Trophy for the first time in history.
The next-generation Hockeyroos proved they could still mix it with the best teams in the world at last week's tournament, toppling Olympic champions the Netherlands before narrowly losing the final to Argentina 4-3 in a penalty shoot-out on Sunday.
Despite finishing with the silver medal, a qualification rule means the Hockeyroos won't play next year's Champions Trophy in Nottingham, with bottom-place finishers England immune from relegation because they are hosting the event.
Australia's fifth-placed finish in Beijing last year came back to bite the Hockeyroos because relegation was decided by Olympic rankings.
Murray hopes the sport's governing body (FIH) may allow an extra team in next year's Trophy but says if not, his young side is looking forward to the next challenge.
"In the end, the official result of this (final) is a draw, but you still don't go through to the Champions Trophy, that's the disappointing thing," Murray said.
"But as I said, we have to live with that and we will.
"Maybe there's an option for them to have a seventh team because it's been done before and that's my read on it.
"But if it doesn't happen, then it doesn't happen and we move forward and prepare for the World Cup.
"We won't lack for teams that will want to play us, I can assure you."
Murray said the Hockeyroos' next challenge was beating New Zealand in the Oceanic Cup in Invercargill from August 25-29. The winner of the Oceanic Cup, contested by New Zealand, Australia and Samoa, will gain direct entry to next year's World Cup.
"Next is the Oceanic qualifiers. We have to beat New Zealand now, and New Zealand are no pushovers. They're a good team as well," Murray said.
"We're going to have to be up for that one, otherwise we might end up playing in a World Cup qualifier."
Murray said the Hockeyroos' performance at the Champions Trophy had exceeded his expectations.
"When we came here we wanted to be competitive and I think that we've shown that we're competitive with everybody, including the Dutch, and that's a real plus for us," he said."I certainly didn't think that we were going to be able to play off for first. I'm very pleased that we did, but there's still a lot of work ahead for this group."
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