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WA debutant named to umpire Grand Final

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TWO VETERANS and a debutant will umpire Saturday's Grand Final between Hawthorn and West Coast.

After missing selection for last year's decider, three-time All Australian Brett Rosebury returns to umpire his seventh Grand Final, veteran whistleblower Matt Stevic will umpire his third Grand Final, and West Australian Jeff Dalgleish has been handed a debut.

Ray Chamberlain is the emergency umpire.

AFL head umpires coach Hayden Kennedy said the trio chose themselves after consistent seasons.

"We're very happy with the mix we've got," Kennedy told AFL.com.au.

"Every umpire involved in the game aspires to become a Grand Final umpire and they've all deserved their appointments."

Matt Stevic (l) and Brett Rosebury at AFL House. Picture: AFL Media

Kennedy conceded Dalgleish's rise to the biggest game of the season had come as a surprise.

"To go from missing out on finals last year to a Grand Final wouldn't have been in my wildest dreams," Kennedy said.

"It just proves that every umpire has an opportunity if their form warrants it.

"He's just been a really consistent decision maker and he's a really good team umpire – he'll put himself out for the other guys.

"It's just been a colossal effort, so I congratulate him."

The goal umpires for Saturday's game are Adam Wojcik and Chris Appleton, while Nathan Doig, Ian Burrows, Chris Gordon and Matthew Tonkins have been named as the boundary umpires.