The Ospreys receive the winners trophy from Wales Women's head coach Rhys Edwards
The Ospreys were crowned Women's Regional Champions at Taffs Well on Sunday following their win over the Dragons.
Despite being the only team to go through the campaign undefeated, the Blues were pipped to the post by an Ospreys side who secured a bonus point win in their final game to seal the title.
The Blues also won their last match, seeing off the Scarlets 17-0 though they will look back on their 5-5 draw with the eventual champions as the game that cost them in terms of winning the competition.
This year's tournament was the most competitive to date with over 100 women taking part. From these, a number of players have been identified for a place in the national squad, ear marked for a sevens programme or will be selected to play for a regional development side against the national squad in January.
"The standard of play this season was excellent and a real improvement on previous years," said Rhys Edwards, Wales Women's head coach.
"What was more important for me though was the numbers of girls involved and the new players we've seen.
"We've named a squad of 30 for January which will be cut down before the Six Nations. The season has been changed this year and the competitiveness of the league means the players are all the better for it.
"Hopefully we will see a benefit from that."
In a new initiative for this season, the regional games were held as double headers at local rugby clubs. Alongside the two regional games held back to back, U15 and U18 skills day were organised as part of the WRU's aim of supporting the next generation of young girls who want to play the game.
The Ospreys were crowned champions following their 44-0 win over the Dragons.
Ospreys captain Siwan Lillicrap and flanker Jenny Davies made the most of the advantage, both crossing for two tries apiece. Wing Courtney Howe and replacements Amy Stevens and Rachel Rees completed the win and with it the championship.
In the previous game, the Blues made sure they finished the competition unbeaten with a win over the Scarlets. They ran in three tries and added one conversion with winger Rafiuke De Taylor doing most of the damage.
De Taylor opened the scoring with a try in the 21st minute with Gemma Hallett adding a second soon after. Scrum half Laura Prosser converted Hallett's score for a half time lead of 12-0.
And though the scoring dried up in the second half, the Blues made sure of their win when De Taylor added her second try on the verge of the final whistle.
The Welsh Rugby Union is forming a new Youth Board with a brief to help keep more young people involved in the game during their late teenage years and beyond. The first task of the fifteen strong Board will be to analyse and consider the issues which lead to a number of youngsters drifting away from the sport between the ages of 16 and 21. To apply visit www.wru.wales/youthboard
The Foster's Challenge Cup will involve the 12 Principality Premiership sides and will run during European and British & Irish Cup weeks, providing vital fixtures for the participating clubs and an opportunity for upcoming players to step up to semi-professional rugby and make a claim for starting places within the Premiership squads.
Eighty schools and colleges in Wales now have a full time rugby officer as part of the WRU's school club hub scheme. All of the school club hub officers recently gathered at the National Centre of Excellence for various workshops.
With Liam Williams forced out of the World Cup through injury, lock Luke Charteris and Skills Coach Neil Jenkins say they have to put yesterday's defeat behind them as Wales now look ahead to another physical encounter against South Africa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup.
WRU Consultant Head of Physical Performance Paul Stridgeon praises the Physical Performance department for their work and dedication as he addresses the media ahead of Wales' Pool A clash against Australia
Twelve young people have been selected to follow a one year WRU Coach Core apprenticeship programme. Coach Core was set up by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry as part of the Olympics legacy in 2012 and the Duke of Cambridge was on hand to meet the apprentices on their first day in the job. The programme has been funded by the Hunter Foundation.
The WRU has launched a campaign to create a long term legacy for Welsh club rugby by highlighting the advantages of volunteering. Rhian Edwards, a volunteer at Seven Sisters, has enjoyed many benefits of her volunteering at a grassroots rugby club including being part of the Rugby World Cup volunteer workforce after being nominated by the WRU - and the WRU is asking for more people to develop their 'Welsh rugby roots'.