First we head to the inner-western suburbs of Adelaide, to the City Mazda Stadium in Richmond for the ABC TV match between the Bloods and the Bulldogs. Earlier this year in Round 3, the Bulldogs held off a persistent Westies outfit by 27 points at Elizabeth. In fact, West have taken just one victory from the past 17.
Everybody expected the Dogs to come out snarling, but instead a rather dull 1.1 tie-up at quarter-time greeted the 2200 fans that turned out, perhaps enhancing the West faithful's hopes. Those hopes would soon be dashed in the second quarter however, as the Dogs kept the Bloods scoreless whilst adding 5.1 to their own score to take a 31-point lead at the long break. A re-hash of the opening term would occur when play resumed, the Bloods getting the better of the Dogs score-wise but accuracy would be their worst enemy as they reduced the gap to 28 points after kicking 1.5 to 1.2 in the third quarter. The Dogs pressure game seemingly went out the window in the final quarter as the Bloods made one last desperate run at the reigning premiers, but 4.1 to 3.2 would hardly be enough to see Central drop this game as they ran out 23-point winners.
Lee Spurr was voted best for the Bulldogs, while Jarrod Silvester was voted best for the Bloods.