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.
Angus O'Brien has quickly settled into the Wales Sevens squad after solid performances in Hong Kong and Japan. With two rounds remaining in Glasgow and Twickenham on the World Series, WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie chats to the rising star.
Wales winger Luke Morgan has established himself as one of the deadliest finishers on the Sevens World Series. WRU TV's Graeme Gillespie catches up with him on the eve of this weekend's round in Glasgow.
All roads lead to Cardiff on Sunday for the SSE SWALEC Finals Day at the Millennium Stadium. Cambrian Welfare tackle Ystradgynlais in the Bowl final, Ystrad Rhondda play Newcastle Emlyn in the Plate final while defending champions Pontypridd face Bridgend in the Cup final.
WRU Chief Executive Roger Lewis, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Ken Skates and WRU Chairman Gareth Davies earlier this week launched a new competition in conjunction with the WRU unveiling its archive room.
Welsh players and management joined Deputy Minister for Sport Ken Skates at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay earlier this week to reveal the Union's pioneering school-club hub initiative has been so successful the project will now almost double the scale of the original project.
The Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons, Cardiff Blues and the Ospreys look ahead to Judgement Day III which sees the Blues take on the Ospreys (2.30) and the Dragons tackle the Scarlets (4.45pm) at the Millennium Stadium tomorrow afternoon.
Ystradgynlais and Ynysddu played out a titanic struggle at Taffs Well in the SSE SWALEC Bowl semi-final. At the end of the game neither team could be separated after a 15-15 stalemate but Ystradgynlais go through on try count.
Blues strike first in JD III battle - Newport Gwent Dragons lock Andrew Coombs, WRU referee Dylan Llyr Jones and Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees decide dressing room allocations for Judgement Day III
Wales Under 18 captain Calum Haggett has received a conditional offer to read Biomedical Science at St Anne's College, Oxford. WRU chairman Gareth Davies went to meet Calum and Coleg y Cymoedd Principal Judith Evans to wish him luck in his exams and pass on some of his personal experience.