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The Hockeyroos capped off a special night for NT’s Brooke Peris, with a gutsy second-half performance that ended in a 2-2 draw against China.

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Making her 200th appearance for Australia, Peris had always known that tonight would be an emotional evening she would remember for a long time.

“Before the match I was very nice and calm and then the girls presented me with a video and I got very emotional. I was very overwhelmed and I was crying all the time and I pulled myself together and came out and played and I enjoyed today and I really appreciate what the girls did for me today.”

With her family and friends in the stands of the Perth Hockey Stadium, she came full circle, 200 games after her debut against Japan in 2013.

“It feels very surreal to think that I made my debut and then 200 international matches later I’m here and something about it just makes sense and I’m happy and I’m really overjoyed.”

“It was so much fun. It was nice that my family and friends were here, that we got to wear this uniform on this particular day and we’ve come so far as a team and as a hockey player in general and it’s something I’m very proud of. on.”

It was always going to be a hard-fought match. The Hockeyroos and China were one a piece and in the first quarter the match produced the classic rivalry we have come to expect between the two sides.

Stuck at the first break, both teams came out chasing their chances in the second quarter and by the 7th minute it was a sensational two minutes for China.

With consecutive field goals, China had figured out the Hockeyroos defense and suddenly the momentum was in their favor.

The Hockeyroos trailed 2-0 at half-time, but a battle of intent spurred them on to attack and Australia fought straight back.

A brilliant ball from Renee Taylor to Rosie Malone forced a penalty corner and Greta Hayes took her position. Well set up by the Hockeyroos in attack, Hayes collected the ball and sailed it into the bottom left corner of the net with a powerful strike.

Trailing 2-1 in the final quarter, a goal looked imminent and QLD’s Steph Kershaw soon cleared the ball through the Chinese defense and into the back of the net.

“We definitely felt like the goal came and came. I was quite happy that I could score it myself, but no, it was a great team effort.”

“I think because we’ve played China so much lately, we kind of know how each other plays and we find ways to play around that and find our weaknesses between them and us. It’s an interesting battle that we have.” going, so I’m really excited to play them again in the last game.”

The Hockeyroos look to remain undefeated when they take on the next batch of Hockeyroos, Australia A, on Tuesday. The Hockeyroos will then look to play two-on-two against Japan on Wednesday evening.

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Match details
Hockeyroos: 2 (Greta Hayes 38″ and Steph Kershaw 53″)
China: 2 (Meirong Zou 22″ and Yang Chen 2″)
At the Perth Hockey Stadium

Hockey rose: 1. Claire Colwill, 2. Rosie Malone, 3. Brooke Peris (c), 4. Amy Lawton, 5. Grace Young, 7. Aleisha Power (gk), 12. Greta Hayes, 13. Hattie Shand, 14. Stephanie Kershaw , 15. Kaitlin Nobbs, 17. Lucy Sharman, 19. Jocelyn Bartram (gk), 20. Karri Sommerville, 21. Renee Taylor, 24. Mariah Williams, 29. Rebecca Greiner, 44. Abigail Wilson