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.
The Wales U18 squad spent an emotional day in the drug-riddled townnship of Hout Bay. Hout Bay Warriors President Fred Johannes said the visit was 'the talk of the town' and will dream about the day everyday for the rest of his life.
RGC 1404's new head coach Mark Jones is hoping to build 'something special' in north Wales and is already looking forward to the development region participating in the Principality Premiership for the very first time.
A joint venture between the WRU and Admiral saw hundreds of children enjoy the Admiral Festival of Rugby held at the National Centre of Excellence at the weekend where Welsh internationals Sam Warburton, Scott Williams and Rob Evans were in attendance.
Wll Jones leads Wales U18s into battle this afternoon against Italy where the Welsh side will be seeking to bounce back from their narrow defeat to SA Schools in their opening clash of the U19 International Series
All four regions attended a successful training camp staged last weekend at the WRU National Centre of Excellence. It was a chance for new Wales Women's head coach Rowland Phillips to deliver his key messages to players and coaches as he prepares for the new season.
Wales U18 Team Manager Gethin Watts believes the next couple of weeks will be 'extremely beneficial' to the future of Welsh rugby as his side prepare to take part in the Under 19 International Series being staged in South Africa.
The WRU is searching for 12 new rugby development apprentices following a successful first year of its WRU Coach Core programme. Craig Duncan and Jess Hancock have flourished in the first year of the programme which has given them a real direction in their lives.
The WRU signed TV comedian Rhod Gilbert up to a 'Coaching Children Level 1' course before letting him loose on an U8s side at Whitland Junior Borderers - we went behind the scenes to film the making of 'Rhod Gilbert's Work Experience' see the results here.
Llandovery are aiming to make it three titles in a row in this year's Foster's National 7s being held at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday 28 August. Drovers assistant coach Simon Davies and Lee Rees assess their sides chances
A pioneering strength and conditioning programme has been delivered to more than 8000 boys and girls at hub schools throughout Wales this season, helping to develop stronger, more flexible athletes for rugby and other sports.
The Singha Premiership Rugby 7s Series returns to the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on July 22nd when all four Welsh regions go head to head. Scarlets skills coach Dai Flanagan and Blues Elite Performance Pathway Manager Richard Hodges along with current Welsh squad members were at the launch of this season's event