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$5,000 winning ferret

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Lily Smith, Matthew Nairn and Leigh Smith with the winning ferret.

THE inaugural Woomelang Ferret Frenzy took place in the tiny community, which is about an hour west of Swan Hill, last Saturday. The competition uses ferrets to catch tagged rabbits with nets and with $5000 prize money, donat­ed by the Woomelang Lions Club, competition was strong.

A local Ballarat district team was not only lucky enough to get through the ballot system but bagged the major prize. “We were one of nearly thirty teams and were allocated a hunting area,” said Leigh Smith. “In those hunting areas tagged rabbits were released and our job was to catch a tagged rabbit and everyone that caught one was then put into another draw and we were lucky enough that our tag was drawn out of the hat and we won the $5000. “We went to have a bit of fun and support the town, which is struggling a bit.

This season was the last for the footy club. “The event organiser was Rick Johnston who got the community, Lions Club and footy club involved. There was ferret racing for the kids, archery for the kids, jumping castles – just a good event. Leigh said he went ferret­ing ‘as a kid’ and is now teaching his own children. “It’s good fun. You put nets over the holes, put the ferrets down and catch rabbits,” he said.