They have instead been forced to move their final training session to Sydney's Jubilee Park in Kogorah.
It may not go down as a classic Grand Final showpiece, but the better, fitter and more clinical Melbourne Storm won't care one iota as they banked the 2017 NRL Premiership in front a tick under 80,000 fans at Sydney's ANZ Stadium. If you sit back and give the Storm time to develop their game, you have no hope of beating them.
"As we look towards the grand final, we are getting ready to enjoy some local talent on show with four of our CQ boys on the field this Sunday".
The Cowboys were stunned, and soon afterwards Storm speedster Josh Addo-Carr bolted clear for the opening try.
Shorn of key men Johnathan Thurston and Matt Scott, the Cowboys had upset the odds simply by reaching the final, having limped to an eighth-place finish in the regular season.
That they even made the finals was impressive. That's where the Cowboys have to target their attack, but those raids have to come on the back of momentum and quick play-the-balls as the Storm rarely make defensive mistakes if they are set; the Storm have to be flustered into defensive errors.
Slater was typically influential, along with his long term Storm, Queensland and Australian teammates in hooker and captain Cameron Smith and halfback Cooper Cronk.
The NRL runs a subscription service known as NRL Live Pass, which gets you access to live streams of every NRL game played over the season - including the Grand Final. Armed with a mischievous smile and speed to burn, Addo-Carr was such a revelation on the left flank in his first season at the Storm that it's hard to remember the raw three-quarter who didn't seem to be going anywhere at Wests Tigers.
Foxtel offers two ways of streaming the NRL Grand Final, though the big catch is that it's not live.
There isn't a metric category which can measure it, but confidence is so important in modern-day rugby league, and North Queensland have plenty of it.
Why should I cheer for the Cowboys? They've been playing together for years, not just for Melbourne but for Queensland and Australia too, and know how to win big games.
The Cowboys appeal to the romantics, yet logic would suggest the top-ranked Storm will win it comfortably given the recent head-to-heads.
But Melbourne are better. Addo-Carr bagged his double in the 73rd minute after some lovely lead-up work from Cronk and Slater before a handsome long-cut-out from Tohu Harris to seal the dominant 34-6 result. You can catch all the action on nzherald.co.nz's live blog, as well as live commentary on Radio Sport.Where should I put my money?North Queensland are paying as much as $5.50 to win by 1-12 points so if you think we're in for a repeat of the 2015 decider when they pipped Brisbane by a point you can have a flutter there.