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Ump who paid Shuey free misses semi-finals

Shuey's staggering match-winner Luke Shuey draws a free kick and nails the goal after the siren to win the game

THE AFL has turned to experience for this week's finals matches, with six of the League's most capped umpires appointed for the cut-throat semi-finals.

Experienced trio Brett Rosebury, Matthew Nicholls and Simon Meredith, who have umpired 82 finals between them, have been placed in charge of Friday night's clash between Geelong and Sydney. 

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Matt Stevic, Justin Schmitt and Shaun Ryan will draw on 50 games of finals experience when they take charge of Saturday night's semi-final between Greater Western Sydney and West Coast. 

Schmitt was the only umpire from West Coast's win over Port Adelaide to progress to the second week with Chris Donlon, who paid the controversial free kick against Jared Polec for a high tackle on Luke Shuey, not appointed in either match. 

The six umpires have more than 250 senior games of experience and were in action in the opening week of finals. 

Ray Chamberlain has been named as the emergency field umpire on Friday night, with Brendan Hosking on standby for Saturday night. 

The League's most experienced umpire, Shane McInerney (466 games), has not been called on. 

Geelong v Sydney

Field umpires: Brett Rosebury, Matthew Nicholls, Simon Meredith
Emergency: Ray Chamberlain  
Boundary umpires: Michael Marantelli, Damien Cusack, Jason Moore, Chris Roberts
Goal umpires: Chris Appleton, Luke Walker
Emergency: Daniel Wilson 

Greater Western Sydney v West Coast

Field umpires: Matt Stevic, Justin Schmitt, Shaun Ryan
Emergency: Brendan Hosking  
Boundary umpires: Mitchell Lefevre, Brett Dalgleish, Mark Thomson, Shane Thiele 
Goal umpires: Adam Wojcik Matthew Dervan 
Emergency: Stephen Williams 

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