The New Zealand Men's Hockey coach says he has high hopes for his side in the upcoming Oceania Cup.
New Zealand's final preperation for the Cup is a series against Malaysia starting this Sunday.
The winner of the Oceania Cup between Australia and Samoa qualifies for a place in next year's World Cup.
Shane Mcleod says unlike their Australian rivals, the New Zealanders are going from strength to strength.
New Zealand play their first game against Malaysia in Palmerston North on Sunday afternoon.