Canberra's Andrew Charter will chase his first Commonwealth Games gold medal late on Sunday (AEST) after the Kookaburras beat England in Saturday's semi-final.
Australia outclassed the English, winning 4-1 win, while Charter was one of the best on ground.
''The Commonwealth Games probably has a little bit more exposure in Australia than the hockey World Cup does, so it'd be good to get one of those [a gold medal] around my neck, but we've still got a lot of work to do before we get one,'' Charter said.
''When we play England they always find another gear. We're still not a hundred per cent defensively but we're still pretty happy with how we performed today.
''The second half was a real grind for us. We had to make a few saves defensively but we kept doing the work through the midfield that made it a little bit easier in the end.
''It was definitely a bigger challenge than we've had so far this tournament. It gives us a lot of confidence.''
The former Central goalkeeper, now first choice between the posts for the Kookaburras, has conceded just four times in five games this tournament.
He was kept busier than usually against England in his most action-packed 70 minutes of the Games yet.
Australia led 2-0 at the break after goals from Tristan White and Simon Orchard, and Charter produced a crucial foot save early in the second half to maintain his side's two-goal buffer.
England pulled one back through Harry Martin with 19 minutes to go and almost levelled moments later but Charter came to the rescue again.
The Australians sealed their place in the final on 61 minutes when Chris Ciriello drove home a penalty corner before Eddie Ockenden finished a counter-attack late on.
Charter kept out a string of shots in the first half, staying solid after Australia were temporarily reduced to 10 men when Mark Knowles was yellow-carded.
Australians Matthew Swann and Kieran Govers and Englishman Michael Hoare were all yellow-carded late on, opening the game up but neither side could capitalise.
Charter, 27, was not part of the 2010 gold-medal winning Australian side that thrashed India 8-0 in the final, and was not part of the 16-man London Olympics squad two years later.