Australia will face Argentina in the semi-finals of the FIH Pro League after they ended the home-and-away section of the tournament with a 3-1 loss to the Netherlands.
The Hockeyroos were dominated early by the world champions who gained revenge for their 1-0 loss to the Hockeyroos in Melbourne in February.
Netherlands led after 14 minutes at Wagener Stadium when Ireen van den Assem fired home from a penalty corner.
Australia got into the game during the second and third periods with their best chance to equalise spurned by Rebecca Greiner when she found herself one-on-one with the goalkeeper.
The Dutch then increased the lead within three fourth-quarter minutes as they took advantage of a green card to Australia defender Edwina Bone.
Laurien Leurink doubled the hosts' advantage on 51 minutes before Maria Verschoor added their third goal which was examined on review before it was awarded.
Emily Chalker registered what proved to be a consolation goal for the Australians on 57 minutes.
Hockeyroos coach Paul Gaudoin said improvement would be needed for their clash with the Argentines, who finished second in the standings.
"It was a good opportunity playing the best team in the world before the finals," Gaudoin said.
"We struggled to stick to the game plan against a quality team.
"That can happen but we need to be significantly better against Argentina in the semi-final.
"We need to go back and have a good look at what we're doing with the ball."
Australia and Argentina meet on Thursday at the Wagener Stadium with the winner to advance to Saturday's final against the Netherlands or Germany.