Tasmania Devils proved to be more than just a little foggy around the goals in a 20-point loss to Queensland on Tuesday night.
While the Gold Coast skies were clear for the scheduled Rising Stars championship under-16 game, the Devils were left dazed after flight cancellations at Launceston airport turned the venture into a 33-hour marathon trip.
The Northern contingent of the squad were forced to travel to Hobart on Monday before flying out the next day.
The preparation pushed back the start time nearly six hours from a day into a night match, as half the squad only arrived less than four hours before the first bounce.
That was reflected in the first blemish of the Devils' early 2019 campaign, losing to Queensland 9.3 (57) to 4.13 (37). Tasmania won its first match against Northern Territory by 53 points.
After trailing by two points at quarter-time despite five shots on goal to two, the visitors booted themselves out of the game by the last change.
Queensland kicked four of the five second-quarter goals before holding the Tasmanians goalless in the third term to lead 8.2 to 2.8 in reversal of the two teams' accuracy.
A late-quarter surge from the Devils was accompanied with more missed chances in a 17 shots-to-12 tally.
Clarence's Sam Banks picked up a state-high 21 possessions along with eight inside 50s and Devonport's Baynen Lowe earned 20 disposals with nine tackles.