Blackwood picked up yet another win to keep up the pressure on Division One East leaders Newbridge.
Newbridge may start 2009 with a six point advantage at the top of the table, but they will have to keep looking over their shoulder at Blackwood who, with two games in hand, are still well placed to mount a genuine challenge for promotion to the Premiership.
The Glan Yr Afon outfit ended the year on a high with a 29-17 victory at Bargoed, following tries from Gareth Price, Sean Emery and Gareth Busby-Davies that has upped the stakes ahead of their top of the table clash with Newbridge next month.
"Newbridge are in the ascendency but we are doing our best to keep on their tail," said Blackwood backs coach Jeremy Lloyd.
"We have a game against them on January 17th and I think a lot will be decided on that day. It seems very equal between the two clubs in a very competitive league."
Meanwhile Newbridge did their best to remain beyond Blackwood's reach with a convincing win over Penalta, routing them 53-0.
Lenny Woodard ran in a hat-trick of tries and Gary Wilkes added a brace amongst Newbridge's nine tries.Terry Young, Tom Watkins, Craig Attwell and Lee Meredith also crossed at the Welfare Ground.
Merthyr's game against Ystrad Rhondda was abandoned after 67 minutes following a neck injury to Tom Dickens.
Play was stopped for 20 minutes while Merthyr's Dickens received treatment before the scrum-half was taken to hospital for treatment having regained consciousness.
Caerphilly beat bottom club Newport Saracens 24-15 whilst Rumney were 15-14 winners over UWIC.The Carmarthen derby was top of the Division One West table clash, as leaders Carmarthen Quins beat town rivals Athletic 17-10.
Quins had a slender 10-9 half-time lead with the much-travelled Gareth Cull kicking them ahead after Jason Harries' try.
Winger Chris Mathias had gone over to give Athletic a 14-10 lead before second row Gavin Evans scored a try of his own, converted by Cull, to hand Quins the win.
Narberth go ahead of Athletic at third in the table after their 30-6 bonus point win at Whitland, with the four tries coming through Nick Jones, Tom Bonnell, Steve Martin and Andrew Davies.
Corus edged out Cwmllynfell 18-17 whilst there were away wins for Tonmawr, Felinfoel and Bonymaen.
Wales Head Coach Rob Howley talks to WRU TV's Sebastian Barrett about the 36-man squad he has just named for the forthcoming Under Armour series, which includes two uncapped players, Ospreys duo Sam Davies and Rory Thornton.
Head coach Rowland Phillips is deligthed he can now call BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park home for his Wales Women's side, who launch their international season next month with games against Scotland and UK Armed Forces in the heart of the capital city.
Wales Sevens star Sam Cross has put his home town club of Brynmawr on the map after winning a silver medal at the Rio Olympics with Team GB. His club have now honoured him by naming their players bar after him, as WRU TV discovered at the official launch, recently.
One of the newest members of the Principality Premiership, Bargoed admit it's proving to be a steep learning curve at the highest level, but are determined to become a force to be reckoned with. WRU TV visited the club last weekend when they took on Llanelli.
Table-topping Aberavon travel to north Wales to tackle RGC 1404 as both teams defend unbeaten starts to the season in the Principality Premiership. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie visited the Wizards to see how their preparations were going for the game of the weekend.
The Half a Game initiative is currently sweeping across Wales and proving a major success. The scheme aims to give every young player at least half a game every weekend. WRU TV recently visited a festival in Narberth where clubs have fully embraced the initiative.
Both Bargoed and Swansea were seeking their first win of the Principality Premiership season this afternoon. It proved a fruitful day for the hosts - not only did they win, but Bargoed claimed a try bonus point.
Cardiff managed to keep their unbeaten record at home intact, but only just as Bridgend made them work extremely hard before the Blue and Blacks secured a hard fought Principality Premiership win at the BT Sport Arms Park last night.
Former Wales back row Andy Powell gives a guided tour of The Wern, home of Merthyr RFC, who are determined to prove a lot of people wrong and make their mark in their first season in the Principality Premiership.