You can tell the Canberra Raiders are having a sniff come finals time when you see green sausages being sold at Lindbeck’s Butchery in Queanbeyan.
With Green Machine fever in full swing after the Raiders’ stormed home to beat the Melbourne Storm last weekend (17 August), the green snags were back on display after a three-year absence.
The man responsible for the green snags is Peter Lindbeck, owner of Lindbeck’s Butchery. He started the tradition with his father Bill over 30 years ago when the Raiders made their first grand final in 1987.
“My father was in the shop at the time and he thought it was a bit of a weird idea that I had come up with,” Peter shared. “The green sausages are always a big hit and everybody knows once we start to make those snags, the Raiders are on track for something special.”
Over the last 30 years, Peter and his team of butchers have made the colourful sausages whenever the Raiders have made a run into the finals, including 2010, 2012 and 2016.
“I remember making them that year when Jarrod Croker missed that shot at goal against the Tigers. That was a little heartbreaker,” Peter recalled.
“I remember on the 1989 grand final, we tried to close the shop at midday but we couldn’t close the shop till 3 pm because people had lined up all the way up Cooma Street. I have never seen anything like it in the 40 years I have been a butcher.
“It captivates everybody. It’s massive.”
The Queanbeyan local even played with Raiders legends in the local footy competition when he was growing up, proving that he has, and will always bleed green.
“I have always been a fan of the Raiders, particularly when mates that I played football with went onto play for the side in the early years,” he shared. “I am a huge fan of David Furner and Ricky Stuart, who I played footy with.
“I am nowhere near to being in the same class as those legends but I have always followed those two blokes on their careers.”
Since the green snags were put on display at Lindbeck’s Butchery on Monday morning (19 August), Peter said the first three orders of the morning were for the sausages.
“We almost started to make them last week but the critics were saying that we hadn’t beaten anyone in the top four yet so we thought we would wait till they beat the Melbourne Storm on the weekend,” Peter said.
“We were pretty sure they would and they sure did,” he said, laughing. “After that, we knew all too well that the Raiders are the real deal, beyond a shadow of a doubt.
“It’s time to get on board.”